From Goodreads: Before he became the sainted church father of Christianity, Augustine of Hippo began a love affair with a young woman whose name has been lost to history. They were together for over thirteen years, and she bore him a son. This is her story.
She met Augustine in Carthage when she was just seventeen years old. She was the daughter of a tile-layer. He was a student and the heir to a fortune. They fell in love, despite her lower station and Augustine’s dreams of greatness. Their passion was strong, but the only position in his life that was available to her was as his concubine. When Augustine’s ambition and family compelled him to disown his relationship with the her, X was thrust into a devastating reality as she was torn from her son and sent away to her native Africa.
A reflection of what it means to love and lose, this novel paints a gripping and raw portrait of ancient culture, appealing to historical fiction fans while deftly exploring one woman’s search for identity and happiness within very limited circumstances
Paperback, 304 pagesPublished January
Published January 26, 2016 by Thomas Nelson
My review: I really have mixed feelings about this book. It isn’t the type of book I would normally choose for myself. I found the cover intriguing and a bit mysterious. The description on the back cover sounded interesting, and since I received this book to read and review, found myself opening the book to see what lay between the covers.
This story was hard to get into. I found the author’s writing style to be unlike anything I read and was bored with her overly descriptive sentences. This was especially the case at the beginning and end of the book. In fact, I found myself going back and rereading sentences because I had lost interest and my attention wasn’t on what I was reading. Once I got through the first quarter of the book I found the storytelling to be more to my liking and the story was actually interesting and kept my interest from chapter to chapter. The last quarter of the book I found myself rereading sentences again as the author once again became overly descriptive.
There were also parts of the story that I found a bit disturbing and graphic. I realize that in the time period this story takes place things aren’t like they are now but I do believe the author could have used different descriptions or word choices.
I really wish I could give this book a higher rating as the story was good but not consistently good. I found myself checking too many times to see how many pages were left. If you are into historical fiction that goes way back to the 300’s then you might enjoy this story. However, it wasn’t really my cup of tea.
I was provided a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion which I have given.