A. D. 62: Pompeii
4 journalers for this copy...
I really liked this book, I've been interested in Pompeii since the traveling exhibit came to Dallas, and Johnnie and I played hookey from work to go see it!
Be sure you go to her website and see the pictures.
I am handing this to First-Noel at the convention, then I will bookray it.
I found the book interesting, especially since I have been to Pompeii. The heroine, Miranda, manages to go from the 21st century to pre-volcano Pompeii and finds herself living the life of a slave, definitely not what she had planned! She is devastated when the escape mechanism embedded in her arm fails to return her to today's world. However, her life improves dramatically when she discovers her talent for story telling and playing a musical instrument called a recorder and she is asked to be a companion to her master's young daughter. Fantasy sets in when Miranda finds herself in a difficult situation, that of falling in love with the master! If you've ever seen the movie "Somewhere in Time", and liked it - this is a book you'll enjoy.
I also checked out the companion website suggested and spent an entire evening engrossed in it. A slide presentation by Dr. Cole is well worth the time looking it over.
On May 7, 2005, book was exchanged for another copy so that this autographed copy could become part of the Readers Circle permanent collection.
The group's average rating of this book was 6 stars out of 10, with a high score of 7 and low score of 5. We thought the book's strength was it's original concept and description of the household life in Ancient Pompeii. We thoughts it's weakness was in it's general editing: there was too much repetition of thought, as if the author didn't realize she had already stated such 'n such a thought. We also thought the main character, Miranda should have been made stronger, and the love story had the quality of a cheap romance novel.
We would only recommend this book only if it was the only book you had available to read at the time you needed something.
We said we would read the sequel, as we still want to know what would happen during the eruption of Vesuvius, which was not described here; but only if we got it for free.
Read the group's other individual reviews at Pompeii-1 and Pompeii-2
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