Tales of Ancient Rome

3 books in series
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The Wedding Shroud Publisher's Summary

In 406 BC, to seal a tenuous truce, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from Veii. Leaving her militaristic homeland, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans. But, despite her best intentions, she is seduced by a culture that offers women education, independence, sexual freedom, and an empowering religion.

Enchanted by Veii but terrified of losing ties to Rome, Caecilia performs rites to delay becoming a mother, thereby postponing true entanglement. Yet as she develops an unexpected love for Mastarna, she's torn between her birthplace and the city in which she now lives. As war looms, Caecilia discovers Fate is not so easy to control, and she must choose where her allegiance lies.

The Wedding Shroud is the first book in the series A Tale of Ancient Rome. Subsequent books in the series include The Golden Dice and Call to Juno.

©2015 Elisabeth Storrs. (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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  • Book 1

    • The Wedding Shroud

    • A Tale of Ancient Rome, Book 1
    • By: Elisabeth Storrs
    • Narrated by: Christina Traister
    • Length: 17 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 47

    In 406 BC, to seal a tenuous truce, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from Veii. Leaving her militaristic homeland, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans. But, despite her best intentions, she is seduced by a culture that offers women education, independence, sexual freedom, and an empowering religion.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Awful, can't finish it

    • By Amazon Customer on 09-27-17

    Regular price: $6.99

  • Book 2

    • The Golden Dice

    • A Tale of Ancient Rome, Book 2
    • By: Elisabeth Storrs
    • Narrated by: Christina Traister
    • Length: 15 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Caecilia, Roman born but Etruscan wed, forsakes Rome to return to her husband, Vel Mastarna, exposing herself to the enmity of his people while knowing the Romans will give her a traitor's death if Veii falls. Semni, a reckless Etruscan servant in the House of Mastarna, embroils herself in schemes that threaten Caecilia's son and Semni's own chance for love. Pinna, a destitute Roman prostitute, uses coercion to gain the attention of Rome's greatest general at the risk of betraying Caecilia's cousin.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Don’t let the first book deter you

    • By Mrs. Smith on 10-17-17

    Regular price: $6.99

  • Book 3

    • Call to Juno

    • A Tale of Ancient Rome, Book 3
    • By: Elisabeth Storrs
    • Narrated by: Christina Traister
    • Length: 17 hrs and 29 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 28

    Caecilia has long been torn between her birthplace of Rome and her adopted city of Veii. Yet faced with mounting danger to her husband, children, and Etruscan freedoms, will her call to destroy Rome succeed? Pinna has clawed her way from prostitute to the concubine of the Roman general Camillus. Deeply in love, can she exert her own power to survive the threat of exposure by those who know her sordid past?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Ancient Rome is tragic for women

    • By Lana Lee Plum on 01-20-17

    Regular price: $6.99