I really liked the main character of Sophie.
Since this book encompasses ancient history, there are many references to the historical eruption of the volcano and what happened because of it.
I will admit that it took me a while to get into the story, but once Sophie and the gang were in Italy, the story just took off.
Another intriguing book by Carol Goodman. Her writing is definitely addicting. This story unfolds under the tragedies of today's world against the tragedy from history. Read morePublished 15 months ago by joyfully centered
Two recurrent themes in Carol Goodman's books are women in academia and stories set in the present day but with echoes of past times. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brett H
I love her writing! I can't put it down once I start. I felt like I was at the excavation site experiencing what the characters were going through.Published 23 months ago by Jana
This was the first Carol Goodman book I read. This book certainly made me want to read more of her work, and I have yet to be disappointed by her seemingly seamless melding of... Read morePublished on November 6, 2012 by chris
I loved this book and didn't see the twist coming at the end. The only thing that would have improved this is a deeper explanation/understanding of the time period. Read morePublished on August 3, 2011 by Bren
The plot of the Night Villa concerns an archeological dig to find writings of Pythagorus and the lost diary of a slave girl, Lusta, who lived in ancient Pompei, in the time of the... Read morePublished on April 6, 2011 by Adriannah
Other than the ancient scrolls being written in what seems to be a rather modern tone, this book was a wonderful read! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute I spent reading this book.Published on March 27, 2011 by CT
I have read most of Carol Goodman's books and this is my favorite so far. I almost gave up on her after "The Drowning Tree," but "The Night Villa" is wonderful. Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by K. Young
I kept thinking this book would get better. But from the beginning I couldn't connect with any of the major characters. Most of them are so shifty, are they good, are they bad? Read morePublished on August 19, 2010 by Amazon Customer