It was very disheartening to see how Christians were treated, murdered for their faith and called deviants. All around, it was very well written. Carla loves passionate stories with compelling, nearly impossible conflicts. Pelonia is ultimately purchased by Caros Viriathos, a former slave who fought as a gladiator and eventually won his freedom. I was pleasantly surprised by the uniqueness of her character.
Over the years, she has visited forty-eight states and twenty-five countries, including a year spent teaching English in the Peoples Republic of China. His slave, the beautiful and mysterious Pelonia Valeria. First off, I hated the jealously between the two main characters. Yet the greatest challenge for once-legendary gladiator Caros Viriathos comes to him through a slave. I picked it up on my own from the Harlequin site rather than having it assigned for review, but as I read it, I knew it would be one of those books I wanted people to know I'd actually give this one 4.
Download at full speed with unlimited bandwidth with just one click! The company I work for is contracted through Harlequin. The nice twist on this story that differs from secular fiction was that one of the things that attracted Caros to Pelonia, the heroine, was her love for Jesus and her unshakable faith. A sample of some of the great authors you can enjoy in this category. The Bracelet is for display purposes only. Can she convince a man who found fame through unforgiving brutality to show mercy? There are some who work with live steel.
The first edition of this novel was published in 2009, and was written by Carla Capshaw. Yet the greatest challenge comes to him through a slave. Can she convince a man who found fame through unforgiving brutality to show mercy? It was very disheartening to see how Christians were treated, murdered for their faith and called deviants. Vibrant pictures of Rome, Italy show the exciting but calm atmosphere that pulsates all over Rome tourist attractions. I picked it up on my own from the Harlequin site rather than having it assigned for review, but as I read it, I knew it would be one of those books I wanted people to know about.
As a Christian I did love this book; however, if you don't want to hear about how God uses people in their darkest times to bring others to Him, you might not like this one. He wants only to keep her near, while she wants her freedom. Carla Capshaw Carla Capshaw earned a Bachelors degree in International Studies from the University of South Florida, and a Master of Theology from International Theological Seminary. The author introduced me to a time period I know little about, and in such a way that made it come vividly to life. No wonder a writer might channel a movie fight scene, albeit unconsciously. His slave, the beautiful and mysterious Pelonia Valeria. Caros, a former gladiator, finds himself drawn to the beautiful Pelonia's spirit.
In addition, having grown up in a Christian household, Pelonia had been sheltered from much of the non-Christian Roman world and the combination of culture shocks overwhelms her at times. The relationship between the couple seems to be impossible and when the authorities hear that Pelonia is a Christian she is in terrible danger. I also very much appreciated the fact that there were no inappropriate and embarrassing scenes to skip over. Carla is such a talented writer! The kind youth she adored has turned bitter with success. This book held my interest throughout and I found myself staying up to finish the story.
With his past years in the ring though he does not believe her God would want him. The story starts off with the female lead, Pelonia, on her way to Rome for her cousin Tiberia's wedding. I really want to thank Ms. The plot flowed and moved forward from beginning to end and the conclusion of the book was wonderful. A very nice departure from the norm. . At times while reading The Gladiator I was also reminded of the Starz show Spartacus.
That being said, the abuse towards the Christian's after Christ's death was hard to read. She expressed a sincere hope that her readers enjoyed Caros the gladiator's and Pelonia's the Christian girl's story of love and faith. The worlds of a slave-turned gladiator-turned wealthy trainer and a wealthy Christian girl-turned slave are such polar opposites that the plot is intrinsically woven with tension and drama while educating the reader. Little did they realize that they were starting what was to become the most widely recognized form of Roman entertainment throughout history. Caros saw how her faith was her foundation, how it gave her peace, and he came to want to know her God, who had made her such a beautiful, peace-filled person. Only two survive, Pelonia and her Uncle Marcus.
From the opening scene your attention is captured and you are drawn into the character of the heroine. The book is captivating and has a way of bringing you into another time. God uses human beings to do just that, even at times when the believer is in the darkest trial of their own. Of course in the movie Richard Burton as Marcellus is the one so loved by Jean Simmons character Diana that she is willing to accept certain death to not live without her love who has been condemned for refusing to deny Christ. Something about the Cretan bull…? I needed the lessons in this book, as they strengthened my faith, but also took my mind off my own troubles. Can she convince a man who found fame through unforgiving brutality to show mercy? The organizer wanted Caros to fight, so he had her there for the show. Things don't go as planned and she ends up captured and sold into slavery in the home and gladiatorial training school of Caros Viriathos.
She also feels for him, but vows she will not be a slave forever. Pelonia had a struggle sometimes to act true to her faith, putting her faith in God to help her and to be her strength, which is the experience of all Christians. The least of my worries is facing humiliation or being scorned by people because I believe in Jesus. This is only the second Harlequin book I've read, usually I'm somewhat apprehensive about picking them up. That the heroine has the courage to live her faith outloud. Carla loves passionate stories with compelling, nearly impossible conflicts. They also reference a myth during the fight in the movie.