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In the 3rd century, pampered Roman princess Valeria falls in love with Mauritius, captain of the Theban Legion. She sends him off to battle, where he suffers under the schemes of a notorious pagan general with an ambition for power and a lust for Valeria. In a scene based on true events, the evil Galerius kills Mauritius and his entire legion for their Christian faith. And in a shocking turn of events, the grieving Valeria is forced to become Galerius' wife against her will. Never has a marriage been set up for such failure. Valeria loathes her new husband, but he seems to undergo a change of heart, adopting a child for her and giving her power and authority, and even love. She struggles with the commitment she knows she must keep, and the love she knows she will never find again.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 352
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1426702159
ISBN-13: 9781426702150

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In the 3rd century, pampered Roman princess Valeria falls in love with Mauritius, captain of the Theban Legion. She sends him off to battle, where he suffers under the schemes of a notorious pagan general with an ambition for power and a lust for Valeria. In a scene based on true events, the evil Galerius kills Mauritius and his entire legion for their Christian faith. And in a shocking turn of events, the grieving Valeria is forced to become Galerius’ wife against her will. Never has a marriage been set up for such failure. Valeria loathes her new husband, but he seems to undergo a change of heart, adopting a child for her and giving her power and authority, and even love. She struggles with the commitment she knows she must keep, and the love she knows she will never find again.

Author Bio

Kathi Macias is an Angel-award winning writer who has authored or co-authored thirty books, including the bestselling devotional A Moment A Day, the popular Matthews mystery novels, and the Extreme Devotion series scheduled for 2010-2011 release. She is a popular speaker at churches, womens clubs and retreats, and writers conferences, and has appeared on numerous radio and TV programs. She also hosts the international blogtalkradio program Write the Vision for The International Christian Network (www.THEICN.com) and is a regular online contributor to Crosswalk.com, The Christian Pulse, and Churchmouse.  Visit her on the web at KathiMacias.com

Susan Wales, a born storyteller and wife of film producer, Ken Wales, is a popular speaker throughout the United States and a frequent teacher at writers conferences. A partner in Gaga Animation with Jeff Holder, she also has spoken internationally on storytelling in production. She co-authored Faith in God and Generals and The Amazing Grace of Freedom, companion books for those two films, and also co-wrote the popular political thriller series The Chase, The Replacement, and The Candidate. Best known for her Match Made in Heaven series of compiled true stories, Susan co-wrote two etiquette books, Social Graces and Social Graces for your Wedding, and an entertaining book, The Pleasure of Your Company. Her top-selling gift books with author Alice Gray are A Christmas Keepsake, Keepsakes for a Mothers Heart, and Grandmother, Another Name for Love.

Publisher's Weekly

Macias (A Moment A Day) and Wales (the Match Made in Heaven series) collaborate on historical fiction set in the 3rd-century Roman Empire, in the last days of persecution of Christians before Constantine legitimizes the religion. Valeria is the daughter of Roman emperor Diocletian, a ferocious persecutor of Christians. Valeria becomes a Christian and falls in love with a Christian soldier who is subsequently martyred. She is then compelled by her father to marry the ambitious pagan general Galerius, whom she regards as responsible for the death of the soldier she loved. The writers are constrained by a faithfulness to historical fact that makes the story almost inanimate in spots ("And so the empire continued"), and also makes the character of Galerius unconvincing; trite dialog doesn't help ("I expected a real hellcat with claws"). The authors should dial down the history and dial up the fiction for a more engaging balance. (Sept.) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

ChristianBookPreviews.com

Valeria’s Cross by Kathi Macias and Susan Wales takes place in the historically important time of the early 300’s (A.D.) in Rome and surrounding areas. Valeria is the daughter of Caesar Diocletian, one of the most powerful and cruel emperors of the Roman Empire, known as a great persecutor of early Christians. Valeria’s mother is Prisca, a Christian and empress of the Roman Empire. The story follows Valeria from late adolescence through adulthood as she struggles to survive as a converted Christian in these dangerous times. Her first love, Maurutuis, is also a Christian and is put to death under the orders from Galerius, a pagan believer and Roman general. She is forced to marry Galerius, and the rest of the novel focuses on her attempts to make her marriage hold together even though she and her husband are of different faiths. Valeria suffers from infertility which causes enormous strain, as Galerius becomes Caesar and needs an heir. She falls in love with another man, Maximus Daza, who is Galerius’ nephew. She quickly falls out of favor in the court and she, along with her mother, Prisca, must run for their very lives across the empire to try to escape the death sentence imposed on Valeria. Tragically, she becomes yet another victim of the times she lives in.

Even though biblical passages are often paraphrased throughout the book, a direct quote from the Book of Romans is presented by a bishop before an execution. It is an appropriate quote about being slaughtered like sheep, yet nothing can separate the true Christian from Jesus Christ in love and dignity. The devotion Valeria has toward God is very evident, since she is challenged every moment of her married life to Galerius. He is pompous and wicked, not above killing his enemies or even close friends and relatives. Valeria confronts and forgives him for the deaths he causes, but needs God’s support to keep her relationship in perspective.

Although a good, easy-to-read novel, this story deserves a more in-depth treatment, considering the subject and historical time setting. The pace is too fast, with little description or analysis of the main characters. Valeria is the protagonist and the reader is quickly attuned to her predicament, but considering how important these times were to the early Christian movement, just before Constantine turned the pagan empire into a Christian realm, there was plenty of opportunity to expand the novel into a real work of historical fiction. It is certainly an enjoyable story, but could have been something even more. – Anita Tiemeyer, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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  1. Aarika
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    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Historical account more than a romance
    October 22, 2013
    Aarika
    Calgary, Canada
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    I bought this book thinking it would be a romance novel and although there are some moments of that, it is more of an account of the persecution of Christians in the late 200s AD. Well written and researched and you will learn much about that era, but it's not so much a heartwarming romance.
  2. booklover
    Harrisville, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    good story
    July 25, 2013
    booklover
    Harrisville, NY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I liked this story. It covers some of the Christians history. It wasn't what I expected but it was a very good book. I didn't want to stop reading it.
  3. Kristen
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    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    April 19, 2013
    Kristen
    kristen
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    A good read, keeps you guessing. Based on actual people and events of the time.
  4. Misswife
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 13, 2013
    Misswife
    Quality: 3
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 3
    This review was written for Valeria's Cross - eBook.
    Mediocre story. I was interested in the historical period, I haven't read much about it. The historical background was good, but the story wasn't believable, and the characters were too overblown.
  5. Crystal
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Strong Faith + Weak Romance
    February 1, 2013
    Crystal
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 2
    Meets Expectations: 2
    I love ancient Roman history, and Valeria's Cross seemed like a perfect novel! Beautiful, adolescent, Valeria is the only daughter of the Mighty Roman Emperor. Raised a pagan amidst the uprising of Christianity, Valeria and her Mother slowly die to their former selves and become Christians. Valeria instantly falls in love with Godly, Roman Captain Mauritius, but their romance is short lived as he's purposely murdered by a lustful Galerius to Valeria. Galerius quickly divorces his wife and forces Valeria to marry him.

    While I enjoyed the history, I was disappointed with the characters. Valeria hates Galerius yet moments later she desperately wants his affection? Galerius seems like a lustful brute one minute, then tender and understanding the next? The book is quite lengthy which wasn't a problem, if only the characters weren't rushing in and out of emotions, one would suspect they are a little bipolar. Overall I didn't want to knock the book, because it had a good message of faith and courage. it's an easy read. At the beginning of the book Valeria started reminded me of Esther from the Bible, and then a few passages later, her maid says, "Be as an Esther".

    *I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased, non-profit review.*
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