"All the drama and sensuality expected of an historical romance, plus a sensitivity to the realities of life in a very different time and world..." Ursula Le Guin
In 406 BC, to seal a tenuous truce, the young Roman Caecilia is wedded to Vel Mastarna, an Etruscan nobleman from the city of Veii. The fledgling Republic lies only twelve miles across the Tiber from its neighbor, but the cities are from opposing worlds so different are their customs and beliefs. Leaving behind a righteous Rome, Caecilia is determined to remain true to Roman virtues while living among the sinful Etruscans. Instead she finds herself tempted by a hedonistic culture which offers pleasure and independence to women as well as an ancient religion that gives her a chance to delay her destiny. Yet Mastarna and his people also hold dark secrets and, as war looms, Caecilia discovers that Fate is not so easy to control and that she must finally choose where her allegiance lies.
Exploring themes of destiny versus self-determination, and tolerance versus prejudice, The Wedding Shroud is historical fiction at its best which vividly brings Ancient Rome and Etruria to life while accenting the lives of women in ancient history.
The Wedding Shroud is the first book in the Tales of Ancient Rome series. It was judged runner-up in the 2012 Sharp Writ Book Awards in general fiction and was a finalist in the Kindle Book Review Best Kindle Book Awards in literary fiction. Elisabeth's next book, The Golden Dice, is now available. The third book, Call to Juno, is currently being written.