Book: Amora

Author: Grant J. Hallstrom

Publisher: ClearStone Publishing, 2020

ISBN-13: 9780982150337

ISBN-10:  0982150337

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Language level: 1

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Teens and adults

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Hallstrom, Grant J.  Amora (Published in 2020 by ClearStone Publishing, 15615 Alton Parkway, Suite 175, Irvine, CA  92618).  It is the second century A.D., and Antonius Pius is Emperor of Rome (138-161).  A young girl named Amora, daughter of influential parents Amado and Livia, marries the wealthy businessman patrician Leo who was known to be intemperate and decadent.  Over the next few years, during which time Leo’s friend Marcus Aurelius becomes Emperor, Leo and Amora have a beautiful daughter Natalie and a coveted son Esteban.  However, Natalie disappears and is found brutally murdered, while Esteban is born with a deformed leg, all of which causes Leo and Amona to drift apart.  Leo turns more and more to his business and pleasures, but Amora finds comfort in Christianity.

     In a fit of rage, Leo denounces his Christian wife and her sixteen year old slave Maria to die in the arena, saying, “If she prefers to lie in a tomb instead of my bed, I cannot stop her.”  However, he finds his life turned upside down as the slave’s lover Antonio pursues a quest for vengeance.   How does Antonio seek his revenge?  What will happen to Leo?  And where can Esteban go?   This historical novel is based on the true story of the noblewoman who inspired Justin Martyr’s petition to the Roman Senate.  The basic theme is forgiveness versus vengeance set in a sweeping action-adventure tale of sacrifice that examines spirituality and faith and explores the path to healing as the characters struggle with their pains of loss, betrayal, and guilt.  Amora earned Amazon’s #1 New Release ranking for Christian Historical Fiction.

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