Pearl in the Sand is a first novel by Tessa Afshar. I am often disappointed with Christian fiction so I am leary with this genre. A friend told me to read this and so I took the plunge - WOW - what a fantastic read - it made the story of Rahab come alive. I so appreciate when authors take a little liberty and add background to Bible Character's lives. Sometime I need to read that to understand culture, background, etc. And that is exactly what happened with this book - a prostitute - God placed in the line of Christ - amazing!! Great Read!!