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Can the deepest loss bring the greatest gain?
Rome’s conquering army took Ariana’s family and freedom, but nothing can take her faith in Jesus. When she rescues a tribune’s wife from certain death, her reward is freedom and a chance to free her brother and sister. But first she must catch up with the slave caravan before they vanish forever, and tracking them from Dacia to the coast seems impossible for one woman alone.
Discharged from the legion with a hand crippled by a Dacian knife, Donatus faces a future without hope. When the tribune asks him to escort Ariana on her quest, it’s the only work he can find. It means four weeks with a Dacian woman and a gladiator bodyguard, but it takes money to eat. A man without options must take what he can get.
But a lot can happen in four weeks. Even battle-hardened men can be touched by love and forgiveness, and it’s easier to face an enemy with a sword than to face the truth. When his moment of truth comes, what will he choose, and what will that mean for both of them?
Light in the Empire Series: Dangerous times, difficult friendships, lives transformed by forgiveness and love
Hope Unchained is the seventh volume in the Light in the Empire series, which follows the interconnected lives of the members of five Roman families during the reigns of Trajan and Hadrian. The eleven 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.
Important aspects of Roman history for each can be found in the short articles at the end of each novel linked here and in longer articles at Carol Ashby’s Roman history website: Life in the Roman Empire: Historical Fact and Fiction.