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Jars of Clay
     

Jars of Clay

3.8 24
by Hope Franke
 

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Novella 23k

Jars of Clay + Broken Vessels = Romeo and Juliette in Ancient Rome

*Jars of Clay (volume 1) and Broken Vessels (volume 2) contain strong religious themes and scenes of sensuality and violence. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

Daughter of a wealthy and respected Roman citizen, Helena Vibius is only sixteen when she falls for Lucius, a

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Novella 23k

Jars of Clay + Broken Vessels = Romeo and Juliette in Ancient Rome

*Jars of Clay (volume 1) and Broken Vessels (volume 2) contain strong religious themes and scenes of sensuality and violence. Recommended for ages 15 and up.

Daughter of a wealthy and respected Roman citizen, Helena Vibius is only sixteen when she falls for Lucius, a servant in her father's house.

Ambitious, Lucius wants to seek his fortune in Rome, and asks Helena to tutor him. She agrees--against her better judgment--and through a series of secret lessons, the two fall in love, knowing if they're caught, Lucius will pay the penalty with his life.

And then there’s the unfortunate matter of Helena's pending arranged marriage to an unpleasant man from Carthage.

As her wedding day approaches, will Helena follow Lucius to Rome (risking both their lives), or keep her duty to her father?

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045005517
Publisher:
Lee Strauss
Publication date:
09/23/2012
Series:
Jars of Clay , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
143,227
File size:
688 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Hope Franke is the inspirational romance author of The Guitar Girl Romance series and other standalone novels. She loves to travel and all the GGR books are set in European places she's lived in or visited. She writes young adult as Elle Strauss and sci-fi mystery thrillers as Lee Strauss.

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Jars of Clay 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Pretend_Spoon More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this very much--I love early Roman love stories. And this one has so much potential; Lee Strauss can go far with the foundation that was laid here. I am excited because I just noticed that the second book was all ready out, so thank you! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Predictable, quick read about Roman upperclass girl and lowerclass young man falling in forbidden love. Pretty good, about 220 pages.
twimom101 More than 1 year ago
*I rated this story 4.5 stars. But I always round up to the next highest star for sites such as goodreads, Amazon, etc.. I adored this book more than what I thought I would. I actually thought that it might be a bit hard to read seeing as the story takes place 199 A.D. But Strauss did an amazing job keeping the dialogue simple and to the times...most of time. There was a time or two I thought certain words were too modern for that time period. But it certainly didn't take away from the story. Loved the romance, what little there was, I just wish there was a bit more between Lucius and Helena. It seems that it happened more behind the scenes than what the reader actually got to experience. So that did, however, take away from the story with me. I would have liked to have seen the romance bloom more before they professed their love to one another. Although we mainly get Helena's POV, Lucius also gets a say, as well as a few others. So while the story mainly focuses on Helena and Lucius, a few other side stories get through in. And I am assuming these other side stories will come into play as the series continues on. I think Strauss did a great job with this story and I look forward to reading more to see what happens between these star crossed lovers and the rest of the characters as well. Most definitely recommend!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If it is anything like Shakespeare it would be mostly like Romeo and Juliet. I love the idea of forbidden love!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A beautiful twist on the original Romeo and Juliet story. The writer took the original and did their own thing with it without stealing the plot. Definitely getting the sequel.
Pearl16 More than 1 year ago
It was a quick read, only took about an hour to finish. The story was sad and beautiful, very Romeo and Juliet. If you like historical fiction about doomed love, this is a good book for you. I am very critical of books, but I can't say I'm sorry I read this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You people should just read this novel yourselves and write your own review on this book. I really enjoyed reading this novel very much. ShelleyMA
prospectorBW More than 1 year ago
Nice feel for some of the trials of that time,skipped some of the harsher realities as appropriate for the young adult target audience. Good job.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Short and sweet. In love with Lucius. HMM..... Enjoy!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Early roman historical romance. Read quickly and predictably.not too steamy , nor is it erotic in nature. It is the prequel to a book called broken vessels, which I have not read yet.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
well written but leaves you hanging. You must purchase the next book to see the end.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the main characters. The two books really needed to be made into one book. I got wrapped up in the story and were the boy was going to wind up. The sacrific she made in the time of christanity was really touching. The love she gave hom at the end of the second book still makes me want to cry. Highly insightful to me during a troubled Roman world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent enough for free
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So dont come back for me. Who do you think you are, running around leavin' scars, collecting your jars of hearts, tearing love apart. You're gonna catch a cold, from the ice inside your soul, so dont come back for me. Dont come back at all
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was good, but it was confuzziling @ times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is it good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So is it a good book or not?