Lucilla has money, status, and children; everything a Pompeiian woman should want. But her slave Aspasia has love. Lucilla finally finds the man of her dreams, but should she risk it all to be with him? And what is causing those strange rumblings from Mt. Vesuvius?
Kathy Kelley has spent 30 years making a living writing advertising copy and articles about environmental science, occasionally writing comedy on the side. None of this sufficiently prepared her for writing a novel set in ancient Rome, but inexplicably, she set out to do just that. Her influences? A visit to Pompeii in the 1990s, and a fascination with such accessible historical novels as Anita Diamont's The Red Tent and Geraldine Brooks' Year of Wonders. Kathy lives in Chicago with her husband and son.