Curses and Smoke: A Novel of Pompeii by Vicky Alvear Shecter
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Pompeii, and its quick demise, has a hold on our imagination, but this book really doesn't capture that in the way I'd hoped. Instead of any real insight into the life and culture of the city, we get a love story (oooh! forbidden love at that!) and filler that gives the reader some history. It never felt as though I was really reading about that era, more that I was reading a modern story the author dressed up in Roman clothes. The characters had nothing that really made them stand out from the stereotype (Too Old Fiance, Father Who Cares More About Money Than His Daughter, Slave Reaching Above His Station, Rebellious Daughter, etc.).
ARC provided by publisher.