Book Of The Day – The Wedding Shroud – A Tale of Ancient Rome

by Ron on May 20, 2014

Today’s Book of the Day is a Historical Fiction novel by Elisabeth Storrs and it’s 80% off for a limited time. The Wedding Shroud has a 4.0 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $4!

“Elisabeth Storrs has created a wonderful novel from a willing marriage of her historical research and writing talent.” Tracy – Amazon Reviewer



The Wedding Shroud
by Elisabeth Storrs
Rating: 4.0 Stars
Genre: Historical Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $4

 

In 406 BC, to seal a tenuous truce, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from the city of Veii. The fledgling Republic lies only twelve miles across the Tiber from its neighbour, but the cities are from opposing worlds so different are their customs and beliefs. Leaving behind a righteous Rome, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans. Instead she finds herself tempted by a hedonistic culture which offers pleasure and independence to women as well as an ancient religion that gives her a chance to delay her destiny. Yet Mastarna and his people also hold dark secrets and, as war looms, Caecilia discovers that Fate is not so easy to control and that she must finally choose where her allegiance lies.

Exploring themes of sexuality, destiny versus self-determination and tolerance versus prejudice, The Wedding Shroud is historical fiction at its best which vividly brings Ancient Rome and Etruria to life while accenting the lives of women in ancient history.

The Wedding Shroud was judged runner-up in the 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards for general fiction.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

It has been awhile since I have given a five star rating to a novel and The Wedding Shroud is certainly worthy of this. If I wasn’t a fan of historical romance before, I certainly am now! The Wedding Shroud is a tale of early Rome and it had me hooked from the very first page.

*******

The Wedding Shroud is a compelling story meticulously researched, replete with memorable characters, vivid descriptive details, and elegant prose sparkling with poetic metaphors. I highly recommend it.

*******

This is a novel of sensuality and love, of fear and loathing and discovery. It’s about loyalty (both genuine and misguided), betrayal and, I think, redemption. All in all, I found it a wonderful read. Storrs should be proud of herself for this gem of a book.

*******

Storrs transported me to another century so vividly I could feel, smell, touch, taste and hear this ancient world. Well worth reading.

*******

The Wedding Shroud is a masterful piece of writing, deftly weaving the narrative and the historical details into a book I could not put down. I cared passionately about Caecilia and all the other characters in the book, and I began to care about the Etruscans and the Roman people as well. I am anxiously awaiting the sequel to discover what happens next.

Get The Wedding Shroud here: The Wedding Shroud

About The Author

Elisabeth Storrs has long had a passion for the history, myths and legends of the ancient world. She graduated from University of Sydney in Arts Law, having studied Classics. Her curiosity piqued by an Etruscan sarcophagus depicting a couple embracing for eternity, she discovered the little known story of the struggle between Etruscan Veii and Republican Rome and the inspiration to write the TALES OF ANCIENT ROME series.

Elisabeth lives with her husband and two sons in Sydney, Australia, and over the years has worked as a solicitor, corporate lawyer and corporate governance consultant.

Researched and written over a period of fifteen years, THE WEDDING SHROUD and its sequel, THE GOLDEN DICE, vividly describe the world of Etruria, a fantastic civilization ultimately destroyed by Rome but which heavily influenced its conqueror’s culture from republican into imperial times. The third volume, CALL TO JUNO, is currently being written. There have been very few novels that have explored the world of the Etruscans and the early Roman Republic which makes the TALES OF ANCIENT ROME unusually engrossing reads for historical fiction lovers.

The first book in the series, THE WEDDING SHROUD, was judged runner-up in the 2012 international Sharp Writ Book Awards for general fiction, and was a finalist in the 2013 KINDLE BOOK REVIEW Best Indie Book Awards. THE GOLDEN DICE was judged runner-up in the 2013 Sharp Writ Book Awards, and was named as one of the top memorable reads of 2013 by Sarah Johnson, the reviews editor for HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW.

Recently, Elisabeth has opened her new collection of short stories in her SHORT TALES OF ANCIENT ROME series in which she retells the legends and history of Rome from a fresh perspective. DYING FOR ROME: LUCRETIA’S TALE is the first story in the series.

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Elisabeth Storrs and ENT appreciate it.

 

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