Wednesday, October 25, 2023

Book Nook - The Gardens of Byzantium

 The Gardens of Byzantium by J.F. Hughes follows 
main characters, Asana and Antonius. They find themselves on opposing sides of the ancient war between the Persian and Eastern Roman empires, which began before Asana was even born. Her entire life has been one of turmoil and change. Every year found her uprooted and brought to another foreign land to live an austere life in a garrison with her father, an officer in the Persian Army. But the middle of a war is no place for such a gentle soul.

Before long, she is swept away from her family and forced to flee on the back of her beloved horse. Fate leads her into the hands of a handsome and mysterious Roman soldier named Antonius who sequesters her in a beautiful palace in the heart of Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine empire.

Asana begins to fall for him, and at last it seems as though she may have found an oasis of happiness in her war-torn world. That is, until news of a Persian army marching toward the city upends her life again, setting in motion an unstoppable chain of events that bring the story to its breathtaking and tragic conclusion.


“I wanted to write a romance novel that is different from those filling the shelves today. You don’t often see a love story set in the Byzantine era, which is a truly dramatic and vivid time. And, unlike most romances, my readers should not expect a happily-ever-after ending to this story,” explains J.F. Hughes. 

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