Aug 20, 2011

Valeria's Cross by Kathi Macias and Susan Wales

In the 3rd century, pampered Roman princess Valeria falls in love with Mauritius, captain of the Theban Legion. She sends him off to battle, where he suffers under the schemes of a notorious pagan general with an ambition for power and a lust for Valeria. In a scene based on true events, the evil Galerius kills Mauritius and his entire legion for their Christian faith. And in a shocking turn of events, the grieving Valeria is forced to become Galerius’ wife against her will. Never has a marriage been set up for such failure. Valeria loathes her new husband, but he seems to undergo a change of heart, adopting a child for her and giving her power and authority, and even love. She struggles with the commitment she knows she must keep, and the love she knows she will never find again.

Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Abingdon Press (July 12, 2010)
ISBN-13: 978-1426702150

Valeria's Cross has been in my reading pile for a long time, and I am so glad I finally had time to read it. This is an epic historical novel, written of pagan times where Christians were tortured and killed for their beliefs.

Throughout her life, Valeria experienced unbelievable heartbreak and disappointment. She was forced to follow orders, even though it broke her heart and her spirit at times. Yet her faith in God sustained her and she had a huge influence in stopping the persecution of Christians.

The introduction to this book mentions the Theban Legion, which is detailed in Foxe's Book of Martyrs.  The Theban Legion play an important part in this story, as their captain is Princess Valeria's first love. The story gives details on how the entire Legion was decimated for being Christians and refusing to take part in pagan rituals. Sadly these were brutal and devastating times in history, but I love when a novel takes real events and makes them come alive.

I enjoyed Valeria's Cross from cover to cover and highly recommend it.

Disclosure: Ebook purchased through Amazon. I was not compensated for my thoughts.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for the kind words about Valeria's Cross. We truly appreciate it.