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Shadows in the Ashes

By: Christina Courtenay
Narrated by: Eilidh Beaton
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Summary

The next stunning dual-time romance from Christina Courtenay, transporting listeners from the present day to ancient Pompeii.

Brimming with romance, adventure and vivid historical detail, Christina Courtenay's gripping dual-time novel travels from the present day to the fires of ancient Pompeii.

The sunlight caught her gold bracelet, sending a flash that almost blinded her.

She closed her eyes, but jumped when the earth started shaking and there was an almighty boom behind her.

Present Day

Finally escaping an abusive marriage, Caterina Rossi takes her three-year-old daughter and flees to Italy. There she's drawn to research scientist Connor, who needs her translation help for his work on volcanology. Together they visit the ruins of Pompeii and, standing where Mount Vesuvius unleashed its fire on the city centuries before, Cat begins to see startling visions. Visions that appear to come from the antique bracelet handed down through her family's generations...

AD 79

Sold by his half-brother and enslaved as a gladiator in Roman Pompeii, Raedwald dreams only of surviving each fight, making the coin needed to return to his homeland and taking his revenge. That is, until he is hired to guard beautiful Aemilia. As their forbidden love grows, Raedwald's dreams shift like the ever more violent tremors of the earth beneath his feet.

The present starts eerily to mirror the past as Cat must fight to protect her safety, and to forge a new path from the ashes of her old life...

©2024 Christina Courtenay (P)2024 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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Volcano’s

I did love this story but felt a bit let down because I expected there to be more communication between the AD79 couple and Conner and Caterina that they would have been able to help them escape the Volcano sooner , but I did enjoy this story and wood read others

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Amazing detail about Pompeii

Love all Christina’s books but this one in particular. Personally I believe it to be her best yet. A fascinating story, well researched and beautifully written. The parallel stories of 2 different women across centuries was utterly captivating

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Another brilliant read!

Loved the book & the narrator was brilliant. Hopefully another book to be released soon ♡

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the description of both times

a fully understandable and relatable modern event that sadly hasn't changed for many women for millenia.

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Emetic

mills and boon. Promising synopsis, could have been great, but the voices the narrator uses for the male and child made me want to throw my device off the balcony whilst on holiday. Storyline could have been great, especially as someone who has visited these historical sites, but just 50 shades of grey nonsense. Predictable shite love story with sprinkles of reality (ish). Really disappointing. Even the abuse suffered by the victim(s) was down played and sugared. Nah, don't bother if you're a serious reader. Made myself listen to the very obvious end. Yawn. Sorry, not my cuppa tea.

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