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  • Wonderful Christian historical!

    Another fantastic post-Biblical historical fiction from Carol Ashby! This one follows Tribune Titianus as he attempts to solve the mystery of who burned down a warehouse with a dead man inside that continues to turn up dead bodies and assassination attempts. With this book taking place less than 100 years after the time of Christ, it's set in the time of the Roman Empire when they were best known for killing Christians. Seeing Christians such as Pompeia in this environment was both fascinating and eye-opening. This book had a full cast of characters that were likable and relatable, in spite of the differences in culture. In addition to the characters, this book had an enjoyable plot-line with some suspenseful scenes and a sweet romance thread. This is one of the few fiction books that, had I not been a Christian at the time of reading, I would have learned how to become one without it feeling overly preachy or eyeroll-worthy. There was a solid faith thread. There was a great depth of emotion as well as one of the deaths greatly impacted all of the main characters. Having lost my dad late last year to Covid, the grief scenes were difficult to read, but also were good for me to read. This book had a little bit of everything and is one I'd highly recommend! One additional note - I would definitely recommend taking the time to read the cast of characters and notes at the beginning pertaining to roman words and names as that made the story less confusing and tedious than it would have been if I had to figure out all of the characters as they entered the story and wonder why they had 3 names. :) I'd also recommend reading the historical notes at the end, as those lend authenticity to the historical accuracy of the story and added to my enjoyment of the story. Special thanks to the author for an advance e-copy of this book. I was under no obligation to provide a review and the thoughts contained herein are my own.

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  • Best yet

    This is my favourite yet of Carol’s books. A strong mystery element. Wonderful conversations about truth and characters that truly understand the difference it makes to follow Jesus. All contained in the package of Roman history and customs made real.

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