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A.D. 62: Pompeii

Author: East, Rebecca Set In . . .
 Europe, Italy, Pompeii
Genre: Romance
Time Frame: Ancient times
Published: 2002
Description: Miranda, a stranded time traveler, becomes a slave in Pompeii and experiences household life in the ancient world. She becomes a storyteller. This is a tender and intelligent love story that takes place in a vividly remembered past. For readers who enjoy historical, romance, and fantasy novels.

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A riveting read! The story is about Miranda’s rise in status as she learns her way around Roman and slave society, telling stories and influencing the people around her. I was so caught up that I tore through the book in one day- a thoroughly enjoyable read!
Tamora Pierce

A strong, likeable heroine. Anyone who enjoys Colleen McCullough’s Masters of Rome series or Lindsey Davis Marcus Didius Falco mysteries should find this an enthralling tale, like I, Claudius crossed with Upstairs, Downstairs.
India Edghill, author of Queenmaker

This well-crafted love story is realistically set in Pompeii .A remarkably readable and well-informed view of what life was like in those times through the eyes of a slave. Although it has a time-travel wrapper, the entire novel is set in ancient Pompeii, so you don’t need to be put off if sci-fi is not your thing. I believe the really good books one reads in a lifetime are remembered long after reading them. And you know which these will be by the impression they make on your at the time. For me, this Pompeii novel is just such a book.
Ian Kampel

An exciting and engaging novel; a journey into a past that lives again, with accurate descriptions of places and people. In the pages of Rebecca East’s book, the great historical novel is revived.
Salvatore Nappo

Rebecca East’s style reminds me of one of my favorite authors, Rosemary Sutcliff. As I read, I actually felt transported back in time to Pompeii. Usually when we think of the ancient Romans, we recall the bloodthirsty gladiator fights and the decadent emperors. Both were true, but the characterizations of Marcus Tullius and his family shows them to be people who cared about other human beings.
Mary Minshall

The title makes this book sound almost like a history textbook, but the story has romance, comedy and fantasy elements that you would not expect from the title. The best book I’ve ever read! Smart Girl Book Reviews

The characters are multi-dimensional and this reviewer felt drawn to all of them. Miranda’s struggles to find her purpose in Ancient Rome resonate with the modern reader trying to find his or her role in today’s society. The deeply satisfying ending will stay with the reader long after the last page has been turned. It is an exquisite tale set in a remarkable locale, perfect for history buffs, romance enthusiasts, and fans of a great story alike!
Liz at Love Romances

It is hard to categorize this novel, partly because of its element of time travel, which would put it into science fiction, but it is an exploration of ancient culture through a modern archeologist’s eyes, as well as a tale about the power of storytelling…Rebecca East has told a rich, mature, and satisfying story.
Rebecca Brown

I was immediately caught up in the story. It is the kind of book that one does not want to end and you wonder what else you could read that would be half as interesting.
David Wend

This brings Pompeii to life, so much so that I could do nothing but “be there” from the beginning to the end of the book. The use of storytelling gave the book wonderful impact and the stories and poems could not have been better.
Debbie Engle

I finished Rebecca East’s novel A. D. 62: Pompeii and have added Marcus Tullius to my pantheon of Roman heroes. Since he did actually exist, I can hope he was as noble, sensitive, astute and
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