Sometimes you have to almost die to discover how you want to live.
It's AD 114 in the Roman province of Germania Superior, and being a Christian carries a death sentence. Tribune Decimus Lentulus is on the fast track for a stellar political career back in Rome. When he's robbed, blinded, and left for dead, a young German woman who follows the Way finds him. Valeria knows it's his duty to have her and her family killed, but she chooses to obey Jesus's command to love her enemy and takes him home to care for him.
It's not his miraculous recovery that shakes Decimus to his core. It's the way they love him like family and their unconcealed love for Jesus. In spite of himself, he falls in love with the Christian woman Rome wants him to kill. Can Valeria hide her faith to follow him into the circles of Roman power? Or should he abandon his ambition to help rule the Empire and choose to follow a different way?
Blind Ambition is the second volume in the Light in the Empire series, which follows the interconnected lives of the members of three Roman families during the reigns of Trajan and Hadrian. The eight novels of the series will take you around the Empire, from Germania and Britannia to Thracia, Dacia, and Judaea and, of course, to Rome itself.
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Blind Ambition by Carol Ashby is the second volume in the Light in the Empire Series. This beautifully written novel takes the reader on a heartwarming journey from the Roman province of Germania Superior to Rome itself in 114 AD. Valeria is a devout Christian in a place where followers of the Way are persecuted. When she comes across a Roman tribune who has been robbed, blinded, and left for dead, she decides to follow Jesus’ teachings and save him despite the danger he could bring to her and her family. Tribune Decimus Lentulus is an ambitious military leader who doesn’t bother to look beneath him, but when he meets Valeria and her family, he can’t help but be drawn to their unconditional love for each other and for God. I absolutely loved this novel! I especially appreciated the attention to detail and historical accuracy that made the story feel so real. By far, my favorite setting from the story was Rome, from the luxurious gardens and villas to the putrid cells beneath the amphitheater. Nevertheless, my favorite part of the novel was the wonderful character development that occurred as Valeria and Decimus struggled to choose between their heart, their responsibility, and their faith. Their courageous decisions and actions truly inspired me! I highly recommend this novel! I can’t wait to read the other volumes in the series and learn more about these characters in the fourth volume, Faithful!
I am enjoying this series about the early Christians of the Roman Empire. It is obvious that the author has done her homework. The story is rich in historical detail. The reader is submerged into the story of a young Roman tribune who is seriously injured in an ambush. He is rescued by a young Christian woman. She puts her life and those of her family at risk when she brings him into their home. While he is recovering from his many injuries including the loss of his sight, Decimus feels drawn towards this family. He has not experienced the open relationships, the love that is freely shared in this family. He learns that the love freely shared in this family is centered around their shared belief as Christians. Will he be healed enough to return home? Will his eyesight return, so that he can return to the life he knows? He finds that his beliefs and way of life are challenged by this simple family. Valeria finds herself drawn to this man, but she has made a vow that she will not marry anyone who does not share her faith. Will Decimus turn her family in to the Romans? Will he trust in Jesus and share her faith? I love her gentle but strong spirit, that lovingly cares for others. This is an incredible story of salvation, and the sacrifice many have made as believers to follow Christ. I found at times the story moved slowly, but realized that the author was skillfully showing how the Holy Spirit slowly works on one's heart. I look forward to reading more in this series. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.