Valeria's Cross

Valeria's Cross

by Kathi Macias, Susan Wales
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Valeria's Cross by Kathi Macias, Susan Wales

In the 3rd century, pampered Roman princess Valeria falls in love with Mauritius, captain of the Theban Legion. She sends him off to battle, where he suffers under the schemes of a notorious pagan general with an ambition for power and a lust for Valeria. In a scene based on true events, the evil Galerius kills Mauritius and his entire legion for their Christian faith. And in a shocking turn of events, the grieving Valeria is forced to become Galerius’ wife against her will. Never has a marriage been set up for such failure. Valeria loathes her new husband, but he seems to undergo a change of heart, adopting a child for her and giving her power and authority, and even love. She struggles with the commitment she knows she must keep, and the love she knows she will never find again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426715587
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication date: 09/01/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 914,048
File size: 915 KB

About the Author

Kathi Macias is an Angel-award winning writer who has authored or co-authored thirty books, including the bestselling devotional A Moment A Day, the popular Matthews mystery novels, and the Extreme Devotion series scheduled for 2010-2011 release. She is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. She also hosts the international blogtalkradio program “Write the Vision” for The International Christian Network (www.THEICN.com) and is a regular online contributor to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Churchmouse.  Visit her on the web at KathiMacias.com

Susan Wales, a born storyteller and wife of film producer, Ken Wales, is a popular speaker throughout the United States and a frequent teacher at writers’ conferences. A partner in Gaga Animation with Jeff Holder, she also has spoken internationally on storytelling in production. She co-authored Faith in God and Generals and The Amazing Grace of Freedom, companion books for those two films, and also co-wrote the popular political thriller series The Chase, The Replacement, and The Candidate. Best known for her Match Made in Heaven series of compiled true stories, Susan co-wrote two etiquette books, Social Graces and Social Graces for your Wedding, and an entertaining book, The Pleasure of Your Company. Her top-selling gift books with author Alice Gray are A Christmas Keepsake, Keepsakes for a Mother’s Heart, and Grandmother, Another Name for Love.

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Valeria's Cross 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 67 reviews.
MichelleSutton More than 1 year ago
Valeria's Cross is an incredible tale set during a time period when being a Christian could be deadly. I've read several books in the past year from the same time period such as Guardian of the Flame and Cleopatra's Daughter, and this book surpasses them all. Full of passion for people and for the Lord, this story really takes a look at Valeria's life and her purpose during that tumultuous period in history. Though a fictional account, I found Valeria's Cross to be very believable. The struggles and temptations that Valeria faced were so realistically done that it left me breathless. I totally understood her pain and her passion. She had a difficult life of having to continually rectify her faith with the things her station required because of her role and position as Diocletian's daughter. I grieved with Valeria more than once. She was a true martyr, in my opinion, for having to do so many things that she resisted at first, yet eventually conceded to. While women had some influence, the clearly had no power during that generation. Her suffering paid off, though, several times and she did experience joy in her life despite the heartache that preceded it. It fascinated me how the sign of the cross and ashes on the forehead were used by the early church as a way Christians showed their allegiance to Christ when they were forced to participate in pagan ceremonies, or die. Valeria was a compassionate and likable character whose doubts and feelings rang true to me. Her life exemplified true forgiveness and she had a powerful testimony. What I loved best about Valeria was that she was portrayed as very human. She suffered from many temptations that are rarely shown in Christian fiction, which impressed me all the more. This sweeping romance was powerfully written, and emotionally evocative. Bottom line...I was enthralled with this story. It's definitely making my best fiction of 2010 list!
Waits More than 1 year ago
Valeria's Cross is a riveting story of love, passion, betrayal, and religious persecution. The writers very skillfully took the reader on an adventure back in time when Christians were persecuted for their faith. It was a thoroughly enjoyable book to read. Once one gets into the story, one will find it difficult to put down as he/she follows Valeria and her Mother through their perilous journey as Christians during this time period. Despite what happens to the characters, one is left with the satisfaction that God is still in control.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written. A captivating part of history. Would I have had the courage to stand up for my LORD as many thousands during that era had?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very tragic all the way through. Although I understand that it is mostly taken from actual historical accounts (and I know that history is not always pretty) and fiction was added in some parts, it was a little disturbing for me to read. There were happy moments in the book but a lot of death and doom overshadowed it. The characters were not developed well and I felt as if it moved too fast. I do have a better understanding though of the trials that the Christians of that time had to endure.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was disappointed with the ending but if it's based on a true story, okay, I get it. I don't understand why the authors flew through some parts and stayed too long in other parts of the story. It kept feeling like a long distance race turned into a sprint and then back into a long distance. A bit disjointed. The characters were great.
BookhoundMP More than 1 year ago
This wasn't a horrible book, however, it read a lot like someone had done a high school history paper on the ancient Romans and tried to work all of that information into a book. The characters were not well developed or fleshed out. It was hard for me to really sympathize or empathize with any of the characters. I wouldn't really recommend it to anyone, as I feel that it was not well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent and interesting book based on two real Roman Emperor's wives, Prisca and Valeria, a mother and daughter, and the persecution they faced for their Christian faith during the third century.
AAR More than 1 year ago
VALERIA'S CROSS by Kathi Macias and Susan Wales is a inspirational historical set during the Roman Empire era. It is well written with depth and details. It has courage, faith, hope, adventure, persecution of Christian's, martyrs, betrayal, the Roman Empire, sacrifice, Christianity, history, fear, following your faith, finding your destiny,hate, practicing the pagan faith, an emperor's daughter,Valeria, his wife, Prisca and a forced marriage between his daughter and a pagan general. Valeria is forced into a marriage to Gallerias, a pagan general, after she learns he had her true love, sacrificed and his christian soldier's "The The ban Legion".Valeria is beautiful, young, covert ed to Christianity, loves a man that was a christian and murdered/sacrificed by Galerius. This book is detailed with historical facts and shows the struggles and sacrifices the Christians endured during this period to practice their faith. This is an intense, sad, heartbreaking story of the wife,Prisca and daugther,Valeria, of the emperor, Diocletian and the persecution of Christians during this era, their deaths, cruelty, and finally after years of exile and hiding, the deaths of Valeria and her mother Prisca. I would recommend this book especially if you enjoy Christian history, the Roman Empire history, the struggles of Christianity and the overwhelming faith, bravery and honor of these Christians in order to practice their faith. This book was received for review from Net Galley and details can be found at Abingdon Press and My Book Addiction and More.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please use a different editor. The story could have easiy llost a 100 pages it needed to be much tighter. The main female character was so winny and protrayed as a victum to much. HORRIBLE book.
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I was very disappointed in this story. Didn't care for it at all. It was much longer than it needed to be as well.
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Interesting historical fiction of the Theban legion and the age of Diocletian.
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I was not familiar with this tale before reading. A heartwrenching sstory that i could not put down. Only four stars because the story jumped around through the years.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read in one sitting, could not put down. Followed historical events during that period while adding fictional romance and insights into this royal family. I feel I will eventually read it again. I also recommended it to all the ladies in my bible study group.
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Very well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a read.. I just finished this book.. if you are looking for a book of martyrs this would be one to read. There is love, honor, mystery, murder, as well as faith in the Lord. There were several times that as the romantic I am I was dissapointed in the story. However , this story was a great example of the early christians.. both their learning of Christ as well as their willingness to die before denying him, WOW!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An incredible tale of early followers of Christ. Who pay the ultimate sacrifice after soul searching for the truth of God in a world hellbent on worshipping false gods.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not like it at all. I kept reading thinking it would get better, but never did. The author is a very good writer but the story line was just so incredibly heartbreaking sad.