Review: Out of the Ashes by Lori Dillon
Theirs was a love destined to be — torn apart by the wrath of Vesuvius
Pompeii, AD 79
David and Sera are soul mates destined to be together, if only their bumbling guardian angels could do their job right…
First united in Pompeii as a privileged merchant’s daughter and a slave gladiator, their young love is cut short when Vesuvius unexpectedly erupts. After several botched attempts, their angels get one final chance to bring the couple together and personally escort them back to war-torn Italy, nearly two thousand years later.
Sera is now an archaeologist excavating the ruins of Pompeii. David is an American soldier masquerading as an Italian, sent to spy on the Germans camped near the ruins. With the help of their earth-bound angels, they soon find each other again as they excavate the ruins.
But will deception, the horrors of war, and the forgotten tragedy of their past lives, prevent them from unearthing the love of a lifetime?
I had to read the epilogue again to make sure I didn’t miss anything since I was tired when I finished this, it’s a wonderfully crafted tale – weather you are in Pompeli or Italy. Both eras were crafted beautifully and the life of an arena slave back in 79AD was sadly very much the reality at that time period – there wasn’t any honor in fighting, you fought or you died. It was as simple as that…
*shakes her head, coming out of her memory of a previous lifetime* And then we fast-forward to 1943, during World War II, Sera has many reasons to hate Americans but it boils down to self-loathing more than anything else. Hostility comes when she begins to suspect that her assistant isn’t Italian like she thought he was, from that comes understanding after her breakdown followed by love.
The twists and turns that follow afterwards leave me in knots because they court death almost every step of the way and I sadly could see this ending the same way we did… *remembers being on a balcony stealing a moment away with a WW2 nurse, only for it to be our last…*
It was a quaint, little tale; nothing to get fired up about but if you’re interested in historical tales at all feel free to give this one a try.
All in all, not bad for a beginner… She could use some time to polish her craft but I have seen worse first attempts, a lot worse..