Thursday, July 19, 2018

Book Review & Giveaway ~ City on Fire by Tracy L. Higley ~ Ends 7/31/18

 A Jewish slave girl fights for her life in first-century Pompeii on the eve of the city’s destruction.

Wealthy Roman patrician Cato came to the seaside town of Pompeii to build a new business, but hostility and outright corruption threaten his carefully laid plans and ignite his desire for social justice. Meanwhile, Ariella, an escaped Jewish slave girl, comes to town with a gladiator troupe.
Disguised as a young boy, Ariella’s only ambition is survival.
Ariella and Cato face political intrigue, religious persecution, and family peril even as the ominous mountain in the distance begins to spew its fire. They must bridge their differences to save the lives of those they love before fiery ash buries Pompeii, turning the city into a lost world.  

My Thoughts:
Wow!  This book was absolutely amazing!
If I used a star-rating system, it would be 5/5 STARS!
I could not put this book down!  I know I'm using so many exclamation points, but that is how I feel about this book.  And to think I almost didn't purchase it!  (another exclamation point :)
The concept of a female warrior was very intriguing to me.  I didn't know how a Jewish slave and a wealthy Roman politician would come together and that left me so curious to read, read, read.
I learned so much about the historical events of Pompeii but also of the early Christians who met home-to-home in secret.  I loved the "family" of Christians that both Ariella and Cato come to know as their own family.  That is how it should be.
Ariella and Cato have a tumultuous relationship throughout the book.  Cato was a bit arrogant but well-meaning.  Ariella was proud yet a slave.  It was a very interesting story to read as it unfolded.
I could go on and on and on!  This could easily be my favorite read of the year so far!
I can't keep this book to myself.  I have to share it.  I'll be giving away my gently read copy to one very lucky person.  If you love history and romance, you don't want to miss this one.
To Enter the Giveaway:
1 Entry ~ Leave a comment telling me what interests you about this book along with an email address to contact you.

1 Entry ~ Follow my blog and let me know in the comments how you follow (GFC, Facebook, Email).
I will randomly draw and email the winner of the book after the giveaway entry deadline of 
 Tuesday, July 31, 2018.



  1. I follow you via email. I love history, Italy and Italian food (not necessarily in that order!). So the book sounds intriguing to me.

  2. I love historical fiction. This sounds like a great summer read!

  3. I am following you via email. I love historical fiction and Pompiie. This book sound like a great read!

  4. I've been fascinated by Pompiie since I was a teen. I like that this story is told through the eyes of slave, yet also includes the bigger, political world of the city. I follow you on FB (SusanVoss).

  5. Thank you for sharing what sounds like a great read! Adding to my "Want to Read" list at Goodreads!

  6. It sounds very intriguing! I’m an aspiring writer, so I love to read books in the same genre I’m trying to write.

  7. Pompeii intrigues me and I love historical fiction so it fits right up my alley :)

  8. This sounds like a very interesting book! I think one of the most fun ways to learn history is to read historical fiction. You make it sound so good! I'd love to read it some day. Blessings to you! Thanks for linking up with #LMMLinkup.


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