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The heroine is a fictional woman named Theodosia Varro, who at the opening of the novel has inherited a vast fortune, including the beautiful villa where she spent her happy childhood--only she hasn't seen the villa in years because she's been stuck in poverty in the Subura, a Roman slum, banished there by a villainous brother. She isn't sad her brother was stabbed through the heart outside a brothel, but she doesn't want to suffer the same fate, and she suspects there's more to her brother's murder than the official line that it was a robbery, especially since he wasn't robbed.
Her brother's close friend Otho warns her to beware the slaves at the villa--they are probably out to murder her. But Theodosia has had an unusual life, and she discovers her slaves are more likely to be her friends than her killers. The sons of the best Roman families want to marry her, although Otho and Vespasian's son, Titus, are her favorite suitors. She's the richest catch around even if she had a Greek mother and displays some decidedly inappropriate behavior for a patrician lady. She's lonely with only slaves for company, but taking a husband means handing over her fortune and her freedom to a man. Does she want to? Otho keeps reminding her she isn't safe without a husband to protect her. And he certainly turns out to be right.Read more ›
Try as I might, I couldn't put it down. Parts are predictable and of course the heroine is in "love" with more than one loveable hero. Tragedy and injustice abound.
An enjoyable, fast, light read well grounded in ancient Roman culture, where class conflicts abound.
PS: I wanted to comment on the previous reviewer who saw this primarily as a romance novel. I am baffled by that opinion. There is romance in the novel, which is not sentimental or overly sexual. There is also a murder mystery and a story of social mores: in other words, the story works on more than one level. Some readers may not like the book, just as I don't care much for Henry James or William Faulkner. That doesn't mean they are bad writers--it's just a matter of taste.
PPS: As to the other reviewer who found the villain to be "over the top," I suggest reading some history. Otho really was like that.
I understand Martha has plans for eventually writing two sequels - I shall certainly read them when they become available.Rubies of the Viper
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a romance novel, but also a thriller, and lacked with action. Interesting characters and story lines keep the reader intrigued. Set in Italy in approx. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Buy now! This novel is a great story set in Rome at the height of the roman Empire. It is a fast moving story that is difficult to put down... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Richard T.
I stayed up all night because I HAD to finish this book just to find out what transpires. It takes place in the early part of the AD century involving Roman historical figures... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Marcia Sliger
I agree that this is more romance than I was expecting, but not really a bodice-ripper by modern standards. Chests heave only minimally. Read morePublished 18 months ago by hanger on cliffs
The story takes place in ancient Rome and Greece. A young woman must solve the murder of her brother in order to keep her inheritance.Published 20 months ago by K. Sibille
This was well written and held your attention. I enjoyed it very much. I also thought it very informative about life in those times.Published 23 months ago by BooGreene
Set in the Roman times, this book has a bit of everything....romance, murder, and political intrigue. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Table4two