Two years after Emperor Augustus's bloody defeat of Mark Antony and Cleopatra, he triumphantly returns to Rome. To his only child, Julia, he brings an unlikely companion - Selene, the daughter of the conquered Egyptian queen and her lover.
Under the watchful eye of Augustus's wife, Livia, Selene struggles to accept her new home among her parents' enemies. Bound together by kinship and spilled blood, these three women - Livia, Selene, and Julia - navigate the dangerous world of Rome's ruling elite, their every move a political strategy, their most intimate decisions in the emperor's hands.
Always suppressing their own desires for the good of Rome, each must fulfill her role. For astute Livia, this means unwavering fidelity to her all-powerful husband; for sensual Julia, surrender to an arranged marriage and denial of her craving for love and the pleasures of the flesh; for orphaned Selene, choosing between loyalty to her family's killers and her wish for revenge.
Can they survive Rome's deadly intrigues, or will they be swept away by the perilous currents of the world's most powerful empire?
©2015 Phyllis T. Smith (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"WHAT A WONDERFUL BOOK!!!"
This was so well-written; I was captivated fairly quickly. The book has three voices and each narrator did such a great job that I was frozen in place listening for what came next. The author did a splendid job; great research and fantastic characterizations - it was almost as if the characters were standing in front of me, performing just for me. At the end, my throat swelled up & it was all I could do to not to spill over in tears. This is a fantastic book!
I have read several different books on these women. This one gave me a different look on each. I very much enjoyed this book and recommend it to all who like this time in history.
"Not much substance"
As historical fiction goers, this one is pretty weak. It's set in Caesar's Rome, but aside from saying so, there are few details of life, environment, history, to support the claim. mostly seems to be about the rules of being a good wife and daughter, over, and over, and over again,
Murphy's Law and the Doll House
Though there are several narrators, they all speak overly slowly and distinctly, making for a wooden effect.
The characters are pretty interchangeable.
"broken narration, OK story"
I don't love the cut and dry narration. The story was fine but not gripping. Julia's sexual exploits received a lot of attention. I would have liked to hear more about Selena's accomplishments after leaving Rome.
"very poor performance of the story"
wooden narration spoiled this for me, and the characters seemed very shallow. I would not recommend
Absolutely amazing book if you like history and the role women play in them. Must read
"Roman based novel brings ancient Rome Alive"
Daughters of Palentine Hill was a book that in the past, I wouldn't have given a glance at. However, this book with its twists and turns kept my attention peaked throughout the book. It was well worth my time.
"Fabulous, well told story"
The story is excellent. I've never been interested in Roman history before but now I'm hooked! I am an avid audible listener and I can't believe what a bargain this book is! I liked it so much that I am purchasing others from the author. My only issue is that the character of Julia was generally mechanical in her reading style during the first half of the book but
she warmed up in the second half. Libya's reader was amazing and I'm looking forward to listening to her narrate the prequel.
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