Paperback, 520 pages
Published February 18th 1998 by Tyndale House Publishers
(first published January 1st 1994)
Torn by her love for a handsome aristocrat, a young slave girl clings to her faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent Rome.
I don't usually read adult romance novels but this book I made an exception for considering it was a christian fiction book. This book was filled with tear dropping, heart thumping, page turning romance. Hadassah is a young Jewish girl who family and home land has been ravaged by the Romans. I forgot to mention that this book takes place a few years after Jesus was crucified. When the book opens up you meet a young Hadassah who is struggling to keep her family alive while the Romans are going door to door killing every Jew. Hadassah different from every other Jew is a christian. Christians in this book are persecuted by everyone including the God fearing Jews. Through the book Hadassah prays to Jesus for safe passage and protection. Hadassah is taken to Rome to become a slave to the Valerian family. Hadassah is assigned to take care of Julia the Valerian's daughter. In the beginning Julia hates Hadassah so does the Valerian's son Marcus, but Hadassah has a growing affection for Marcus that she does not understand. Soon Marcus begins to have feelings for the girl he is supposed to despise.
This book is a fast paced love story that is in the point of view of 4 people: Hadassah, Marcus, Julia, and Atretes, a gladiator who's whose story was very slow at first but got interesting in the middle. These characters all endure hardships and love but it all comes back to the one true God. Hadassah's faith proves that God is a being of love. I loved how that even though the Valerians are pagan worshipers they start to have a pull to Jesus and Gods love. The book also had great action scenes in the Atretes story, but for a christian fiction book it really surprised me on how gory this book could get and how graphic it could describe things. there was sometimes that it descried, not in full detail, a nude scene between some of the characters. Me and my mom, who was reading it the same time as me, noticed that there were some resemblances between some characters. Hadassah we thought kinda represented Jesus, Calabah who you meet in the middle of the book kinda represents the Devil the way that she convinces Julia to do so many bad things like murder, adultery, and drugs. Julia was a great character at the beginning and wishing that she would turn to God but as the book progresses she changes so much and then she meets Calabah who changes her to the point that you just want her to die. I read this book at a hard time in my life and it really opened up my eyes to how much love and God are so important in our lives!
This book is an inspirational love story, about two starcrossed lovers who are not meant to love each other but find that you can't fight love! I give this book 5 youngblood stars! Happy Reading!!!