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“An epic story of love, loss, betrayal and forgiveness, Amora by Grant Hallstrom tells the tale of a brave noblewoman who found a loving faith that would grant her forgiveness and peace amid her suffering and anguish.

By all accounts, Amora was living a charmed life. She came from a privileged background and had slaves and influential friends. Her husband, Leo, treated her like a princess and together with their daughter, Natalie, they had a loving home full of peace and happiness. However, the birth of their second child, Esteban, changed all these. Despite Amora’s efforts to ensure her marriage remained happy, cracks were already appearing in their erstwhile peaceful home.

Then, a tragedy that left Amora and Leo full of despair and anguish caused them to drift further apart. Desperate to fill the widening void in her life, she turned to Christianity, a new religion which preached love and forgiveness in an era of pagan worship. What happened next? Well, you have to read the book to find out for yourself.

I loved everything about this book. As a fan of history, it was fascinating going back in time through the author’s words and seeing how people lived back then. It was an easy read with flawless editing, which made it a great reading experience. The author’s writing style brought all the characters and scenes to light in full glory. Scenes of gladiators fighting in the arena were terrifying and exhilarating at the same time. The fact that it was based on a true story made it more compelling for me.

The character development was also top-notch. It was easy to relate to the main character, whose name is also the title of the book. She was brave, kind and loving even before she became a Christian. I loved the way she interacted with her slaves and how she treated them with kindness. Leo’s character was also easy to identify with. It was the Greco-Roman era, and his behaviour was the norm then, so it was understandable that he would act the way he did.

There is nothing I dislike about the book. Overall, I would rate it 5 out of 5 stars. It was a delight to read, and I loved the twist at the end too. I spotted no errors, so it was exceptionally well-edited. Even though the author stated in the description that the book does not try to convince the reader but only tells of the role of Christianity in their lives, I still believe the book would be better suited for Christians who believe in Jesus Christ because of the biblical preachings. Its themes of violence and slavery might be triggering for some, so sensitive readers beware. I would recommend this book to Christians who love history and historical Christian fiction.”

5 out of 5 stars
by Fola Moni

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