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The Virgin's Tale Paperback – 2 Feb 2009
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Rome, 63BC. Offered up by her parents at the age of six to become a Vestal Virgin, one of six hand-picked women who symbolically protected the Roman Republic, Aemilia has spent her entire adult life in the all-female, strictly-guarded Temple of Vesta. But temptation has led her to commit a mortal sin, and she is sentenced to death as Virgins must die, buried alive in a pitch-black tomb. As the end draws near, Aemilia looks back over her claustrophobic, restricted life: the intense friendships she formed; the implacable enemies she made; and, finally, the passionate but forbidden romance which caused her downfall - and yet may be her only hope. A tantalising glimpse into a little-known, forbidden world, THE VIRGIN'S TALE is the moving, erotic and highly-charged story of a woman who dared to risk everything for love.
About the Author
In her early thirties, Sherri Smith teaches at a school for children with special needs. She lives in Winnipeg, Canada.
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29 December 2010
The blurb promises a highly-charged story, but sadly The Virgin's Tale plods along at a tedious pace. The main story, a forbidden romance, offers nothing that isn't predictable, and sadly the potential of Aemila's other relationships don't come to life. I felt as though I was reading from a distance rather than living Aemila's life with her. If you're looking for a holiday book to while away a few hours on a sunbed then this may fit the bill. It had potential - and every now and then the writing is admirable - but the author failed to make me care what happened to Aemila, and that is what counts.
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10 March 2009
I read this book in two days while on holiday and thoroughly enjoyed it. It tells the story of a girl chosen to be a vestal virgin in ancient Rome, detailing the rituals and restrictive lifestyle of these women. It immerses you in the day-to-day life of a vestal virgin and reminded me of Memoirs of a Geisha in its depiction of an insular community.
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Amazon.com: 2 reviews
She made everything up
20 October 2010 - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was ridiculously inaccurate. She just made stuff up, willy-nilly. None of the ceremonies were real, except one: the sacrifice of the pregnant cows. The real ceremonies were more interesting than the ones Smith invented. Vestal Virgins wore white clothing, their period had nothing to do with their cult, men were not allowed in the temple, the statue of Minerva was so sacred that it was hidden in the storeroom so no one could see it. They had more freedom than any woman in Rome, so they certainly didn't have rules about not having windows, not going into each other's rooms, or not having cats. Historians took very accurate and thorough records of their religious practices, so there is no reason to make things up.
26 February 2011 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
Whether or not the details are accurate it was a delightful read and the writers style was superb! i wish i could find more like this!