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“This novel tells the story of Amora and Leo, a married Roman couple in the 2nd century. At first, we see them living a lavish life full of wealth and privilege. They were in love and happier than ever, enjoying their new-found prosperity brought about by Leo’s new business. We see Amora helping the poor, taking part in charity work and giving away food and clothes. However, there is a conflict within her, a struggle between being of real help to those who are in need and maintaining the social conventions. After longing for children, they were blessed with a beautiful daughter, Natalie, and a son, Esteban, who was unfortunately born with a deformed leg. Life as she knew it changed completely after the birth of her son. The behavior of her friends changed, the way she was viewed by society changed, and most importantly, the connection between her and Leo was irreparably broken. She was alone as she had never been before. But this changed her priorities, her focus wasn’t on the next social event, her focus was on her children and her role as a mother.

After tragedy struck the family, both she and Leo changed completely. He started abusing their slaves and anger consumed their souls. This also took a toll on their marriage, distancing themselves from one another and blaming each other for what happened. During this time, Amora started to question things that were normal in her day-to-day life. She started questioning the meaning of it all and the impact that it had.

Tragedy had a different effect on both of them. While Leo sought out vengeance and revenge, Amora discovered the Christian faith. She is introduced to a new type of love and peace that she didn’t know before. These two characters represent the two paths of the spirituality of the time, the Christian faith and its love and peace and the brutality of the Roman Empire. As Leo chooses corruption and vengeance, he comes to hate Christianity and his wife.

This novel goes into depth about all the characters involved in the story, from Amora and Leo to the story between their slaves Maria and Antonio. It takes on the challenge between corruption and faith and how both things have changed them. One thing that I particularly enjoyed was the contrast between the good and the bad in humanity, and how the joy, the anger, the despair and the love shape us.

The novel tackles and explains the origins of the Christian faith, and even though the story revolves around Amora’s faith, I don’t think that limits the audience of this novel. It gives a different perspective on faith and everything that comes with it.

There has been a lot of research done regarding the historical factor of the novel, and it goes into great detail explaining the Roman Empire at the time. It was so easy to get lost in the description of the scenery and imagine the different scenarios.

It is true that at some points the book is a bit dense, but the author can hook you to the drama and the characters in a very special way. The editing is remarkable and professionally done. For all of these reasons, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

It’s an incredibly intense and moving book. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Roman History and the early Christian faith. Although religion plays a big part in the story, I do not believe that it’s directed specifically at religious people. It touches on important themes like grief, forgiveness and revenge and I believe that everyone can read it.”

4 out of 5 stars
by Loulou book

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