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Daughter of Rome

4.42  ·  Rating details ·  1,121 ratings  ·  214 reviews
A woman with a devastating secret. A man bent on proving his worth. A chance encounter that catapults them into the heart of history.

When the daughter of a prominent Roman general meets a disinherited Jewish immigrant, neither one can dream of God's plan to transform them into the most influential couple of the early church. Nor can they anticipate the mountains that will
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published February 4th 2020 by Tyndale House Publishers
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Amanda Geaney
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading a digital ARC of #DaughteofRome, I'm going to say this is my favorite @TessaAfshar novel to date and I've read them ALL. The message of hope and forgiveness in this book will be like a balm to the soul for many women. ...more
Merie Shen
Before Tessa Afshar's Thief of Corinth, I was never interested in Biblical fiction. I didn't like the overdramatic narrative in books centered around women in Old Testament times. (I call it overdramatic; you may not. Peace, brothers and sisters.) In fact, I think I'm much more likely to pick up a book written in the New Testament era JUST because of that narrative issue I have. But I digress...

Daughter of Rome centers around Priscilla and Aquila, friends of Paul only briefly mentioned in the Sc
May 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always wait with great anticipation for Tessa Afshar’s next release because I’m aware of the level of research and emotion she puts into each project. Daughter of Rome did not disappoint. The fluidity with which she mentions ancient customs—both Jewish and Roman—flows into the story as if she’s giving us an eye-witness account of Priscilla and Aquila’s lives. But this is nothing new. I’ve read all her books (some more than once), and she’s a master researcher and communicator.
If you follow my
Robin Lee Hatcher
First century Rome comes alive in Tessa Afshar's wonderful story of broken people whose lives are transformed through faith in the risen Christ. I quickly came to love Priscilla and Aquila and the other characters who were drawn to them and became their family. ...more
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
Have you ever wondered what day-to-day life was like for the early Christian church? What it truly meant to become a follower of The Way in the initial years after Jesus’ resurrection? This is where Biblical fiction, when done well, can seek to take readers into the ancient world alongside the historical figures of old with their customs and etiquette, thereby facilitating a greater understanding of Scripture. Granted, this is no easy task, and although Biblical fiction is one of my favorite gen ...more
Another beautiful novel from Tessa Afshar! I really enjoyed reading her take on historical figures, Priscilla and Aquila. And Apostle Paul! So intriguing. Can't wait to read whatever this author releases next! ...more
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the way Tessa Afshar brings the Bible to life through fiction. While reading this novel, I realised that I've now read each of her novels. Suffice it to say, she's definitely a favourite!
This story was definitely intriguing to me, as mention or Priscilla and Aquila had been made in the previous novel 'Thief of Corinth'. I have read Paul's mention of these early disciples of Christ many times in the Bible, and been intrigued by this 'power couple' (haha). I loved seeing their story fleshed
Okay, it’s official, Tessa Afshar is now one of my favourite authors. I am blown away by how amazingly she brings the biblical world to life in her stories. This one in particular, Daughter of Rome, was SO WELL DONE. It shed fresh light on how instrumental Priscilla and Aquila were in the early church (Paul calls them his “co-workers in Christ Jesus”- Romans 16:3). Of course, a lot of story lines and dialogue were fictional but the events of Acts 18 were well portrayed.

Scripture doesn’t say too
Christine Indorf
A wonderful telling of the biblical characters of Priscilla and Aquila told through the eyes of Priscilla. The story starts with Priscilla sin and goes to her relationship with Paul. Throughout this novel you see Priscilla first relationship with the Jews and her conversion to Christianity and how both her and Aquila start the Roman church then to Corinth. You discover the sacrifices they both made for the Kingdom of Christ. It is an amazing tell of Priscilla and Aquila and the beginning church ...more
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A well-researched, immersive read about the early church, filled forgiveness and new beginnings.

Priscillia is a Roman citizen, who from outward appearances seems to live a life of ease, but her life is more difficult than it appears, and she harbors a secret that weighs on her soul.

Aquila is a leather worker along his uncle, not always a tradesman he forsook much to follow Christ. Jewish by heritage he is taken with Priscilla and her kindness to others.

A compelling and poignant read, that show
Jarm Boccio
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the themes of forgiveness and grace woven through Tessa’s latest Biblical fiction! We are never far from God’s compassion, no matter what we have done. I've often wondered about the history of Aquila and Priscilla and was immersed in the very believable and relatable characters and plot. I was present in Rome as their budding romance began, and carried away to their new home in Corinth where they struggled to adjust, and later dedicated themselves to building the church with the Apostle P ...more
Erin Laramore
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tessa Afshar has done it again, bringing the Bible to life in this New Testament biblical fiction on the life of Priscilla and Aquila. Not much is known about this couple that aided Paul's ministry so much, other than that they were fellow tentmakers, followed Paul to 3 citites and at one point saved his life. I loved how Ms. Afshar breathed life into their story. This, by no means, replaces the actual scriptures and the author is clear to point that out. But with deep research on the culture of ...more
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Reading Daughter Of Rome felt like home.

The characters were wonderful. I squealed when Apostle Paul was introduced. I got to read about this work in Corinth apart form the accounts in the Bible and it was wonderful.
The manner in which the author presented the couple Priscilla and Aquilla was marvelous. They were normal people like me plagued with the same faults and struggles like everyone. But their faith and trust in God was the most admirable trait of theirs.

I fell in love with Priscilla. Her
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once a book has Tessa Afshar's name attached to it, I snatch it up quickly not caring what it's about because I know I'll come out from reading it challenged, wanting to do more and wondering how can I apply these lessons to my walk of faith.
Daughter of Rome did all these and more and yes I must confess I definitely did shed a year or two. The messages of grace of redemption and forgiveness throughout the book had me spellbound.
Priscilla challenged me as a person and as a Christian. Her earnest
Dec 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biblical-fiction
Daughter of Rome follows the biblical couple Priscilla and Aquila, richly imagining their story from first acquaintance to falling in love to establishing a marriage to ministering together in the Lord. The story manages to feel both epic and intimate as it traces this couple’s external and internal journeys, victories, and struggles.

The best biblical fiction highlights the humanity behind the names we so easily skim over in the Bible. It can be easy to forget that these were real, flesh-and-blo
Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Priscilla is unwanted and unloved by her brother and only surviving family member. Now she has a horribly shameful secret and no prospects.

Aquila has chosen to follow Jesus, bringing shame to his family, and now finds himself disowned and disinherited.

She is Gentile, he is Jew. What, then, could these two have in common? It would seem nothing at all. However, as he begins to know her kind spirit and generous nature, he finds that she is his soul's mate. So begins one of the most well-known minis
May 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She had been born a daughter of Rome. But she had become the daughter of the Most High God. Now, home was where he led. Home was the arm of her loved ones, the company of her family, and the world that spread before her,desperate to be conquered by Love.

A biblical historical fiction on Priscilla and Aquila of the New Testament. As a couple they led many to Christ and saved the life of Paul. I have to first say that this was well done. It was true to the scriptures and context of Rome and the bi
quiltingbeautyandbooks ~ Stephanie
I really enjoyed this book by Tessa. I loved all the characters in this book, well except Priscilla’s brother.

Priscilla had already settled that there was only one God she would serve, that of the Jews.

Her home life was strained as she was treated as a slave by her brother. She knew that his rage could lead to her death if he ever found out her secret.

Aquila, strong in faith, but lacked compassion to those who were not Jewish. His Uncle, Benyamin is his mentor and friend that gives him sound adv
This is a beautiful story of Priscilla and Aquila and their ministry with Paul in Ancient Rome and Corinth. A story of how heartbreak and loss can be turned into blessings by God. A story of how God will provide for those with a willing heart. There are so many beautiful messages in this book, I highly recommend it.

I received an ebook through netgalley and the publisher to review. All thoughts expressed here are my own.
Nora St Laurent
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Here’s a peek at the opening, “Heart slamming against her chest, stomach roiling like flood waters, Priscilla stood before the closed door. She had come to this same spot four times already without taking a step within.”

After the prologue where readers get a glimpse at Pricilla’s frightening situation, time fast forwards four years. We then meet Aquilla as he walks the streets of Rome, “The inescapable stench of sewage and rotting garbage assaulted Aquilla’s senses, making him wince.” He had bee
Nay Denise
Received an ARC from the publisher.

I'm going with a 4.75 star rating for this book. For some reason my mind could not fully connect as I feel the writing was a bit different from the other books. The characters were awesome and the story line was great! This definitely a relatable story for me.

Priscilla is a sweet girl who is both Roman and born of a slave mother. She is treated like a disease by her brother. She was raised with hate, but turned out to be a pure flower. Priscilla dealt with hard
Becca-Rae Weidel
If it's possible to start the year out by finding your favorite read for the whole year, that might have just happened. At the least I can guarantee that it will make my favorites list. I don't even think I have the words to do this story justice. Incredible!

One thing that I felt was very well done in this novel was the shock and leeriness surrounding the sudden freedom for Jews and Gentiles to be brought to the same table of fellowship. Living in today's world, it's hard for us to understand ho
Ifueko Ogbomo
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant, beautiful, biblical-fiction masterpiece!

Daughter of Rome is an eloquently-written, heart-warming tale that essentially displays the unconditional nature of God's love towards all people, irrespective of personal history, heritage, nationality, gender, age or station.

Tessa Afshar's gift for bringing the bible to life is surreal! This brilliant book is riddled with dynamic relationships that effortlessly deliver poignant lessons on friendship, family and fellowship; and, paint a lucid
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tessa Afshar has written numerous works of Bible-based fiction so when I saw Daughter of Rome, I knew I wanted to read it. What I didn't realize until I started reading is that it is the story of Priscilla and Aquila. While our information on Prsicilla and Aquila from the Bible is limited, Afshar does a marvelous job of doing extensive Biblical and extra-biblical research to have the fictional story be as historically accurate and real as possible and includes numerous other characters from the ...more
Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED it!!!!!!!!
Tessa Afshar has done it again with a tale that transports you to antiquity and leaves you marveling at how God can use the struggles in our life to bring about something beautiful!
This books now ranks up with Pearl in the Sand and In The Fields of Grace, as one of my favorite Tessa Afshar books! Priscilla and Aquila were names that I was familiar with as the couple who worked alongside Paul. But everyone has a backstory, and this author did a fantastic job of weaving a fiction
Ruth Hartunian-alumbaugh
Only four words to submit for my review.


Tessa Ashfar never fails to deliver everything I love in a book: adventure, heart felt moments, profound insights, romance (decent), humor, writing based on copious amounts of research, twists and turns, and heart-stopping page turns that make me cry for more.

Congratulations on your newest winner. All of your books are.
Reeda Booke
I thought this a very beautiful book with the theme of God's compassion running through it. Tessa Afshar is quickly becoming a favorite author in the Christian fiction genre. ...more
Megan (inkand.imagination)
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an absolutely beautiful read! It was fast-paced and filled with beautifully crafted characters rooted in Biblical history. I really enjoyed how Afshar blended historical fact with fiction in order to create a full picture of how Priscilla and Aquila may have lived.

There’s an element of slow-burn romance in this book, which is always one of my favs! I really enjoyed how the deep love Priscilla and Aquila had for each other was portrayed. Afshar also did an amazing job highlighting every
Dawn Boucher byington
Daughter of Rome opens with a secret. A secret that could ruin a young girls life. I am drawn into this world through exquisite description and storytelling. Tessa draws me into this world expertly and I can instantly hear the inner voice of the character. I can feel her fear and her trepidation. I can see and smell and feel everything she is sensing.

Daughter of Rome not only draws you into Pricillas world but also Aquilla’s. We get to see and hear his point of view. The war between his heart a
Breny and Books
Jun 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’ve never read a Biblical Fiction book about the lives of Priscilla and Aquila. To be honest, I was a little skeptical about reading it because both Bible characters didn’t seem ”interesting” enough to read fiction about.

But as always, I was wrong 😂. Even though there were some things I thought a little unnecessary to include, it did spark my interest in that Bible story, and with no doubt, I will go read it as soon as I’m finished with the book.

At the beginning of the story, we see young Prisc
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Tessa Afshar is an award-winning author of historical and biblical fiction. Her novel, Land of Silence, won an Inspy award, and was voted by Library Journal as one of five top Christian Fiction titles of 2016. It was also nominated for the 2016 RT Reviewer’s Choice Award for best Inspirational Romance. Harvest of Gold won the prestigious 2014 Christy Award in the Historical Romance category. Her b ...more

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