About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Friday, January 8, 2021

Amora by Grant J. Hallstrom


"If she prefers to lie in a tomb instead of my bed, I cannot stop her."

A wealthy patrician denounces his Christian wife and her slave to die in the area, only to find his life turned upside down while the slave's lover pursues a quest for vengeance.

This engaging historic epistle is based on the true story of the noblewoman who inspired Justin Martyr's petition to the Roman Senate.


This is a fascinating historical fiction novel based on the true story of the noblewoman who inspired Justin Martyr's petition to the Roman Senate. Author Grant J. Hallstrom shares historical notes and a glossary to help readers know what's true but it's his story that grabbed me and wouldn't let go! I was immediately caught up in Amora's life in 2nd century Rome, as she and her husband enjoyed the perks of being part of a noble family. Theirs was a life of affluence that included pagan worship and debauchery and, even though they appeared happy and privileged, they also experienced pain and heartache. Leo and Amora found themselves drifting apart after seeing their baby boy born with a deformity and suffering the kidnapping and murder of their young daughter. While Leo began to participate in corrupt political activities, Amora drew comfort in caring for her son Esteban and helping other children. Her greatest joy, however, was experienced when she became a believer in Christ, but her conversion changed her family life forever.

Amora is a spellbinding narrative involving the persecution of Christians and we are given a glimpse of the Roman Empire during the time of emperors, gladiators, and the execution of Christian believers. Hallstrom vividly describes Leo's anger over Amora's conversion and subsequent actions, his overwhelming guilt after her death, his struggles against revenge, and finally, the joy and comfort that Leo  himself found in faith and forgiveness!

"Just like darkness is the absence of light, evil is the absence of good. When we distance ourselves from God--the essence of goodness--we create evil and all the problems, heartache, and chaos that follows. When we judge others and ascribe blame, we basically choose to push God aside and walk away from him."

I enjoyed this book because of my love of historical fiction but I treasure it for the Christian message of love, hope, and forgiveness that Hallstrom has shared. Amora is a book that I highly recommend!

I voluntarily accepted a copy of this book. A favorable review was never required and no monetary compensation was given. I have shared my own thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Grant Hallstrom is the founder of HistoryofChristianTheology.com and is the primary contributor of its content.

Mr. Hallstrom is the author of the book, Emotional Black Holes, and several articles regarding the application of theology in one’s personal life.

He is also the founder and managing partner of the full-service business law firm, Hallstrom Klein & Ward LLP, located in Irvine, California. He is married to his sweetheart, Jean, and they have six children and eleven grandchildren.

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1 comment:

  1. I have always loved historical fiction, and the blurb captivated me.