Flavia's Secret

Author: Lindsay Townsend

Publisher: BookStrand.com

Release Date: August 2008

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: EBOOK

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Marcus Brucetus, an ex-Roman soldier, is the heir to Lady Valeria’s estate.  When she dies under suspicious circumstances, Marcus doesn’t hesitate to try and get to the bottom of her death.  His investigation leads him to Aquae Sulis and Flavia, his adopted mother’s scribe.

Flavia has no doubt that when she is found out, her life will be over.  She did what she had to do in order to save the lives of her fellow slaves.  Her crime?  Forging a note from her mistress saving the lives of her slaves.  Flavia knows the punishment for such a crime and did it anyway.  It isn’t until Lady Valeria’s heir Marcus Brucetus arrives that she has to face the danger.  And face it she does all the while falling in love with the handsome and seemingly kind widower.  Though she knows that she can’t compete with the memories of Marcus’ dead wife and child, Flavia can’t help falling in love.


Marcus and Flavia explore Lady Valeria’s last moments before taking her own life.  What they find is not what they expected, least of all their feelings for each other.  In a world where the differences between master and slave are a chasm wide, will these two lovers be able to make a life together?  If outside forces have their way, no.  It’s a good thing that love conquers all.


Lindsay Townsend has thoroughly convinced me that I need to go back into time and become a scribe in ancient England.  I lived and breathed Flavia’s yearnings and love for Marcus throughout the pages of FLAVIA’S SECRET.  Marcus was harder to read but no less important.  His status as a widower afforded him the ability to try and stay untouched and out of reach of clinging females.  I smiled when the one female who wanted to remain aloof from him was able to change his stance on love and worm her way into his heart.


Releasing as an ebook first and then a print book later this year, FLAVIA’S SECRET is a passionate historical romance.  Set in ancient England during Roman rule, I enjoyed reading about these two wonderful characters as well as the setting and town in which the novel took place.  Marcus and Flavia were perfect for each other and this book was the perfect read for my ancient history loving soul.  Thumbs up Ms. Townsend!  I loved every word of FLAVIA’S SECRET!



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