Lately I have been doing a lot of reading since I stopped my addiction to a game I was playing on my tablet, Hay Day. I would play until I had pain in my arms. And reading is so much more productive. Just finished reading a fabulous book. 'A Day of Fire: a Novel of Pompeii," a combined novel by Stephanie Dray, Ben Kane, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Kate Quinn and Vicky Alvear Shecter. Not my usual type of reading, but I am so glad I bought it. Fabulous. I can't say enough about it.
The book is a collection of six inter-connected stories set in Pompeii on the day that Vesuvius erupted. Each author writes about a character and weaves them into the story. The stories are linked by characters who show up in multiple stories--sometimes just as background, others in crucial plot twists
Pompeii was a lively resort flourishing in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius at the height of the Roman Empire. When Vesuvius erupted in an explosion of flame and ash, the entire town would be destroyed. Some of its citizens died in the chaos, some escaped the mountain's wrath . . . and these are their stories:
A boy loses his innocence in Pompeii's flourishing streets.
An heiress dreads her wedding day, not knowing it will be swallowed by fire.
An ex-legionary stakes his entire future on a gladiator bout destined never to be finished.
A crippled senator welcomes death, until a tomboy on horseback comes to his rescue.
A young mother faces an impossible choice for her unborn child as the ash falls.
A priestess and a whore seek redemption and resurrection as the town is buried.
Six authors bring to life overlapping stories of patricians and slaves, warriors and politicians, villains and heroes who cross each others' path during Pompeii's fiery end. But who will escape, and who will be buried for eternity?
An excellent read
Well, I'm off to the shower and breakfast. Going to venture out to WW today. I can so easily fall into a rut, and I refuse to let it happen this time. Too many good things in life to enjoy. Have a wonderful day.