The Education of Sabina

The Education of Sabina

by Samuel J Castellino
The Education of Sabina

The Education of Sabina

by Samuel J Castellino


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Twelve-year-old Princess Sabina of Milan is visiting her grandmother over the summer in the Italian city of Asti. On her way to the park, she reaches a clump of tress. Who should she spy but bad boy Marcus, also twelve, who is swinging from the top of a young tree by rocking its thin trunk back and forth. On a dare, Sabina joins him on the next tree. They swing a few minutes then stop and have a lively debate about girl-boy relationships. So starts their secret eight-year romance.The year is A.D. 394 and times are dire for the Roman Empire, besieged by barbarians from the north and racked by treacheries from within. A good marriage for Sabina would solidify the safety of her people. To ensure this, her parents send her to Athens then Constantinople to get the best education and exposure possible. One potential husband who is completely unacceptable to Sabina is Prince Lucius. Though he is her nemesis, he desires Sabina for her personhood and inheritance.After each stay abroad, Sabina returns home, and she and Marcus pick up where they left off. Her five years overseas have educated her in rhetoric, languages, and politics. Marcus has been educating her in something else.In time, their clandestine love affair comes to an end. Marcus is shipped off to Germania as a soldier in the Roman legion, and Sabina is assigned to Ctesiphon, the capital of the Persian Empire. They are now three thousand miles apart and there is no way they can be together. Or is there? The Education of Sabina tells the tale of how Sabina encounters both Lucius and Marcus again in a confrontation in Asti in A.D. 402.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781978259768
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/04/2017
Pages: 370
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.82(d)

About the Author

Samuel Castellino was born in northeastern Pennsylvania and has lived most of his life in Wilkes-Barre with the exception of six years spent working in Monterey, California.
His first career in life was as a writer of computer code. Upon retiring from that profession, he became a writer of romance novels, including historical romance. What a change! He loves his second career-both the research involved and the actual writing of the romance. As an author, he proclaims his online thesaurus to be his new best friend and admits to enjoying the editing process, which always results in new gems in the form of better word choice, sentence flow, and storytelling. He has written two romance novels to-date: Into the Far Country (an inter-dimensional romance) and The Education of Sabina (a romance in late Roman antiquity).
As a self-published author, he has found marketing his books to be his biggest challenge-even with a website, Facebook page, and Twitter handle. He takes his hat off and bows to others who have successfully mastered the book-marketing challenge.
He is a member of Romance Writers of America®, the organization that advocates on behalf of romance writers and promotes awareness of the romance genre.
His second writing interest involves theological anthropology-the study of the human being as she or he relates to God. His non-fiction book The Prodigal Son Revisited explores the interplay between the Christian Trinity, angels, and human beings.
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