Date: February 2003
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Historical Romance - time travel
is a quiet young woman. Most of her friends live between the pages
of books about ancient Rome. But at heart, she is an adventurer.
Once science discovers a way to send people into the past, she leaps
at the chance. A safety device is implanted into her arm, which
will enable her to return home at any time.
she arrives in Imperial Roman Pompeii, in 62 A.D., Miranda immediately
finds herself in trouble. Immersed in deep water, she is rescued
by opportunistic fishermen who sell her into slavery. Miranda is
purchased by the household of Marcus Tullius. Fortunately, she will
be a house slave. Unfortunately, the mistress of the house, Holconia,
dislikes her immediately.
Miranda is nearly raped, it's time to go home. She prepares to return...
she presses the button in her arm... nothing happens! Frantic, she
presses it again and again, but still nothing happens!
decides return to her mistress rather than face the plight of a
runaway slave. Holconia has Miranda beaten and demands that she
be sold. Marcus refuses and an argument ensues. In the end Marcus
has his way and Miranda stays.
Miranda's back heals, the master's daughter, Tullia, discovers that
Miranda tells wonderful stories. Soon Miranda becomes Tullia's personal
slave. As Miranda interacts more with the family she finds herself
falling in love with Marcus.
goes to Marcus with a prophecy of the future. She tells of a great
earthquake that will soon occur. When this prophecy proves to be
true, her status increases... but not in the eyes of Holconia. While
Marcus is away, Holconia puts in motion a plan to sell Miranda.
enjoyable book ends seventeen years before the Mount Vesuvius eruption
that will obliterate the city. I'd like to know more about the years
leading up to and following this event. Hopefully, Ms. East will
provide an exciting sequel that will satisfy my curiosity.