A Voice in the Wind

A Voice in the Wind

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A Voice in the Wind transports readers back to Jerusalem during the first Jewish-Roman War. Following the prides and passions of a group of Jews, Romans and Barbarians, the story centers on an ill-fated romance between a steadfast slave girl, Hadassah, and Marcus, the brother of her owner. Is it possible for their love to flourish considering not only their different stations in life, but also Hadassah's unrelenting faith and Marcus's lack of belief?
Publisher: Waterville, Me. : Thorndike Press, c2012
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781410453280
Branch Call Number: Lg Print Fiction Riv
Characteristics: 999 p. (large print) : ill. ; 23 cm


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Jan 08, 2019

my favourite book!

Jan 07, 2019

One of the best historical fiction books I've read. Admittedly, as a Christian, it was particularly interesting. I've learned so much about the Roman era through this and the first book, Voice in the Wind. Almost like a Pillars of the Earth type book, excellent characters (not all of them likeable), graphic depictions of the era. You just have to love the love story here!

Dec 09, 2018

This is the first book that I have read which falls under the genre of Christian Fiction, highly recommended by my daughter. If you enjoy historical fiction, this places you in the Roman empire at a time of the fall of Jerusalem, as Christianity was beginning to spread. The Brutality of the times and the decadence of Rome are played out in a Brilliant narrative about a teenage girl, Hadassah, a recent convert to Christ along with her family, who is swept up in the destruction and aftermath, at any moment her life hangs on the balance, yet there is something very special about her, that sets here apart from others. The Author brings to life characters in the ancient world, from an established Roman family and their self-centered children to a gladiator fighting in the arena, with rich details about life in those times.

Sep 20, 2018

Grim, emotional, and romantic, 'A Voice in the Wind' is an exemplary book. Rivers constructs a beautiful, engrossing story of love vs. lust, courage vs. fear, and belief vs. unbelief. It was both entertaining and thoughtful at the same time, with characters so real I could see them. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who loves Christian historical fiction.

Librarian_Deb Jun 20, 2016

Intriguing characters and rich historical detail made this novel set in ancient Rome one that I savored--and that I would love to read over and over again. Hadassah is a young Christian of Jewish background who is taken to Rome after the conquest on Jerusalem in 70 AD. There she is bought by a Roman family and, though she is just a slave, her life becomes intertwined with theirs. She becomes Julia's maid--and Julia is a young woman bent on experiencing all the pleasures that Rome has to offer to her, although her father, Demetrius, would rather see her settled down into the life of a dutiful Roman wife. Hadassah does her best to bring a godly influence into their household, but despite their love for her songs and stories about the Old Testament heroes she witnesses several atrocities that have her heartbroken over the state of her mistresses soul. For abortion, wife abuse, murder, homosexuality, and even the blood baths offered up by gladiators all play a part in this story full of family drama.
As I read this story I felt like I was actually there, experiencing the sights and sounds of the times, and the emotional ups and downs of the characters. The fact that Rivers does not shy away from the seamier side of Roman life made it all the more real, and although some readers may squirm a bit she never goes to an extreme in her descriptions of the violent or sexual escapades her characters indulge in. However, she does realistically portray some of the heart wrenching consequences of those escapades, which adds to the emotional punch of this novel. I have also had the chance to discuss it with a book discussion group and it lead to a very engaging and meaningful discussion as we talked about the characters and their choices, Hadassah's faith, and how much ancient Rome seemed a lot like our modern day U.S. society. Fans of historical fiction, faith based fiction, or just plain good writing should give this book a read!

Jun 17, 2016

Beautifully written and such an encouraging story.

May 10, 2015

Now that I've read the next book in this series I understand how all the information in this book leads into the next which is excellent. I'm happy I stuck it out and read A Voice in the Wind.

Oct 12, 2014

I enjoyed reading these three Mark of the Lion series books and I will read them again in the future. I could relate to these characters because their stories are written in a way that I can relate to their lives.

lawree Oct 01, 2014

A great read…I loved it, offered it my reluctant daughters, and they loved it! The historical details are remarkable.

Jun 06, 2014

Amazing example of living a moral life when faced with extreme challenges!

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Jul 10, 2012

This book is based on a young jewess who is taken from her home and made into a slave for a young roman girl. the jewess, Hadassah, must constantly go back to her faith and God over and over as she finds herself falling in love with her mistress's brother, Marcus.


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Aug 27, 2013

Frightening or Intense Scenes: The descriptions of the debauchery in ancient Rome are pretty vivid.


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