From the fires of Jerusalem’s destruction Ariella flees only to find herself enslaved to a powerful and evil Roman politician. Nine years of horrific abuse and degregation later Ariella flees when opportunity arises, and attaches herself to a group of gladiators by tricking them into thinking she is a young man. Cato leaves politics and Rome behind to build a new life in Pompeii as a winemaker. Before he has a chance to see his dream fulfilled he finds himself an enemy of the elected tyrant, and pursued by others to be the one who takes down the tyrant. Through circumstance and providence, their lives are thrust together, but what can ever break the barrier between a Roman patrician and a Jewish slave? And what will happen when Mt.Vesuvius bursts forth? If I would describe this book in one word it would be ‘complete’. When finishing the book I did not find myself thinking “Well what about…”. The book is wonderfully written just like all of T.L. Higley’s recent work. The story flows easily on the pages and is an enjoyable read. The descriptions of Pompeii and life during this time period are well researched and allow the reader to sit back and immerse themself in the journey along with the characters. I especially enjoyed the portion of the book where the characters are in the midst of the erupting volcano and it’s aftermath. Altogether this is a very worthwhile read, and to give it another plug, it is also on my daughter’s Honors World History reading list. 5 Stars
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Bret and Sara Vreeland are an average low income family struggling to make ends meet. Though they try and try they just can’t seem to get ahead of all the expenses that pile up. But they have learned to be content and serve God, and are trying to teach their children the same thing. When Satan notices this family who seems to have so little, he comes before the Almighty with a petition. “Let me test them“, he says, “Will they still be so eager to serve you if they have riches beoynd belief?” After careful scrutiny, The One Who Sits Upon The Throne gives his permission–permission to begin a trial of blessing. How will Bret and Sara respond when everything in life starts going their way? An unexpected inheritance, a major promotion, a dream of sucess come true–will all these things capture the devoton they once gave God? When they’re faced with an unexpected choice of life altering proportions what choice will they make? The premise of this book pulled me in from the start, and did not disappoint. Well written and engaging , One Step Away brings us real characters who come alive on the pages. I found myself cheering and yelling at the characters as if they were close friends. Although not preachy, this book has me considering how I view the blessings I have been given.
This book was provided to me by the publisher, Bay Forest (an imprint of Kingstone Media Group). Opinions rendered are completely my own.