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Published by Soul Mate Publishing on September 9th 2015
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When Donna is sent back in time to Classical Athens, she's furious at Dr. Stephens for sending her against her wishes. Then a Greek soldier purchases her to be his wife. She's forced to learn a new language and culture and faces her fears of never returning to her own time. The society hates her, especially because they think she’s an Amazon, which forces her to confront her issues—being compared to her genius brother, borderline abusive friends, and a cheating boyfriend.
But her husband, Peleus, is kind and patient. He counters all the negative voices from her past, but those voices drive a wedge between them. She must let go of her fears, her inhibitions, and insecurities, and admit her feelings, or she could lose him and the life they’ve built.
This book was great! It was a very enjoyable read, although difficult at times.
The beginning was really, really frustrating. It took me a while to warm up to both Donna and Peleus. I could forgive Peleus a little more quickly because of the customs of the time, but Donna was a different matter entirely. She had severely crippling fears and self-doubts. It took her weeks to even tell Peleus her name, even though it was perfectly within her capabilities at the time. She never spoke of herself. She just couldn’t say those three words—I love you—and that caused her so much trouble and Peleus so much pain. She showed it every other way. She knew she loved him. She just couldn’t say it, and I couldn’t understand why. It was the most frustrating thing. And she kept doubting herself, even when there were multiple reasons to believe she was a better person. That was even more difficult to read about than the violence. But that’s probably what made Donna’s personal growth the main point of the story. The fact that she started with such a crippling problem, and ended up a better person. Not a perfect person, but a better one.
Peleus was great for her. He could be very moody, but I think a lot of it was due to Donna herself. She could be a great wife in some areas, but she let her fears ruin some things for her. Peleus was unusually kind, lenient, and loving for a man of that time. I’m not saying whether he was realistic or not, but he was believable enough for me to be happy with him as a character.
The great part of this book is everything that happens in Greece. Most of the major plot events and twists happen here and they certainly are entertaining (and some emotional). It was realistic enough to make for a good tale, leaving out the teleportation device and its potential as well as people’s willingness to believe her story about being from the future. I really was riveted. I never knew what was going to happen next, but I knew it would be some creative thing meant to make things harder for the main couple.
All in all, this book is an entertaining, emotional read. It may not be 100% historically accurate and does have its frustrating moments, but it’s good as a historical fantasy.
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