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Friday, November 4, 2016


02_Roma Amor

Roma Amor: A Novel of Caligula's Rome by Sherry Christie

Publication Date: April 15, 2016 Bexley House Books Paperback; 496 Pages Genre: Historical Fiction

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 Marcus Carinna hears a voice whisper, "Your turn," as he rides past his family tomb. An unseen presence also startles the Germanic priestess Aurima, whom he is bringing to Rome. But hardheaded Romans scoff at ghosts, and Marcus can't believe it's a warning from his brother, who killed himself three years earlier. 37 AD: To great acclaim, 25-year-old Caligula Caesar has become Rome's new master. No one is more pleased than Senator Titus Carinna, who helped him succeed to the throne. It's a shame the Senator's older son--Caligula's closest friend--committed suicide after being charged with treason. But that still leaves Marcus, his second son. Headstrong and hot-tempered, Marcus would rather prove his courage by leading legions against Rome's enemies than take his brother's place. Yet when his father orders him to befriend Caligula, he has no choice. Caught in a web of deceit, conspiracy, and betrayal, he will uncover a secret that threatens his family, the woman he desires, even his life... and may bring chaos to the young Roman Empire.

"The first installment in a page-turning saga that revisits the heroes and villains of the grandest city of the ancient world.... Comes alive with the long gone characters who were its lifeblood" -Kirkus Reviews
''Combines current political concerns, the wide lens of the serious historical novel, and emotional maturity and realism with an utterly splendid grasp of what it must have been like to live in Rome under Caligula's reign.'' -Sarah Smith, Agatha Award winner and New York Times Notable author

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my thoughts:

This first installment takes us to the hills of Rome, to an ancient time and introduces us to people who quickly become like family.  Marcus is an amazing character. He is passionate, intelligent and fascinating.  Even Caligula, a character maligned by history, is larger than life in this book. 
It's a slow read, it must be to absorb all the details.  Take your time reading to enjoy, sit back and be transported to Ancient Rome.  Strangely enough, I see many parallels between ancient Rome and modern day America,hmm...can we learn from history?
I look forward to the next installment in this series.  Sherry Christie has created a story that captivates and enthralls.

03_Sherry Christie

After earning a Phi Beta Kappa creative award in college for an early draft about a nobly born charioteer, Sherry Christie spent many years of research and revision developing ROMA AMOR into the story about fathers and sons that it wanted to be. It's a joy to immerse myself in the lives of first-century Romans--and a distinct change from my day job as a . In addition to writing, Sherry is a professional copywriter. She lives on the coast of Maine with a native-born Viking and two cats. For more information, please visit Sherry Christie's website. You can also connect with her on Twitter, and Goodreads.

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Monday, October 24 Kick Off at Passages to the Past Tuesday, October 25 Review at Historical Fiction Obsession Guest Post at Let Them Read Books Wednesday, October 26 Review at Kinx's Book Nook Friday, October 28 Guest Post at What Is That Book About Monday, October 31 Spotlight at Just One More Chapter Tuesday, November 1 Review at Bookfever Wednesday, November 2 Review at Book Lovers Paradise Friday, November 4 Review at Svetlana's Reads and Views Monday, November 7 Interview at Jorie Loves a Story Wednesday, November 9 Review at Bookramblings Review at The Book Junkie Reads Interview at A Literary Vacation Thursday, November 10 Interview at The Book Junkie Reads Friday, November 11 Review at Beth's Book Nook Review at Jorie Loves a Story Guest Post at The True Book Addict


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