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In the shadows of pagan Rome, Laelia Ricarri's recent blindness destroys her hopes of a betrothal to escape her abusive father. For Drusus, his new mistress is more capable, and beautiful, than she knows. Still tormented by the sins of his past, the only thing he fears more than falling in love with his mistress is failing her in his task. But his newfound faith has made him an enemy of Rome, and the reemergence of an old feud with a calculating rival threatens to ensnare Laelia within its dark grasp. As Drusus reawakens Laelia's inner strength, his patient encouragement is awakening her heart. She's learning to trust, as Drusus must also learn to trust in his God. When the indiscriminate tide of tragedy sweeps through Rome, Drusus and Laelia will have to put their faith in each other to survive. Even if that means being parted forever.
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By Bill Beaulac on 10-25-17
For me: a surprisingly beautiful story
I love history, but not so much of a romance fan, but this book turned out to be such a beautiful listen I had trouble putting it down. Set in Rome, the main character (Laelia) wants to escape her father's abusive home by marrying, but she has to find a man her father will approve of. Her slave (Drusus) wants to be free, but his duty is to God, who requires him to be faithful to Laelia and her wicked father. When Laelia and Drusus form a friendship that leads to much more, they both feel trapped, knowing their relationship is forbidden by Roman law. This book is realistic, seems to have been well researched as to the societal norms, and thus has a bit of gritty side to it as well as the aspect of Christian persecution. The descriptions of the living areas, streets, and marketplaces give the listener the sense of being there; one can almost feel and smell the scene. Despite the trials and tribulations of the main characters, this is ultimately a story of submission, perseverance, hope, and redemption all done in honoring God in a time and place where that was a challenge.
The narration was excellent in the varying voices, but it did take me a little bit to get used to the cadence of the narrator. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a historical, Christian-based, novel set in Roman times; even more so if one is also looking for the romance genre. A review copy of this audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in return for this unbiased review. My hope is that this review helps in your decision to obtain this book.
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By Happygret on 09-08-17
If You Love Roman Era Historical Fiction
What did you love best about Unseen Love?
Laelia and Drusus are such complex characters with an intriguing cast of supporting characters, both villains and protagonists. Also, the descriptions of life in Rome from the fuller's shop (think urine-based dry cleaners) to the bathhouses and Colosseum.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Unseen Love?
When Drusus teaches Laelia to serve and feed herself, and how he makes himself at home cleaning up Laelia's house and repairing the fountain.The ending - no details because, spoilers!
Which scene was your favorite?
Where Laelia, Drusus, and Naomi go to the market and bathhouse. The details are so rich. Same with the visit to the fuller's.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Bought to teach her how to live. He taught her how to love.
Any additional comments?
This book lends itself to audio book. There is something about listening to his book that immerses the reader into Laelia's sightless world.
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