This is a glorious storytelling of the plight of early Christianity. Higley’s meticulous research enhances readers’ understanding of the daring lives of the first Christians.
Portius Cato has fled his political career and taken his devout family to Pompeii for a new beginning, only to find more corruption. The wrath of the current government is upon him and others who seek God’s ways, and Mount Vesuvius is beginning to send quakes throughout the region. Will a Jewish woman posing as a gladiator be able to help save Cato and the believers? (B&H, Jun., 320 pp., $14.99)
Lindy J. Swanson