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It is the year 216 BC. Livia is a Vestal Virgin, a priestess of the goddess Vesta sworn to keep Rome safe through the obligations of duty, dedication, and chastity. In just a few months she will end her vows and marry her childhood companion. But the High Priestess’s collapse extends Livia’s duties and thrusts her into the unwanted role of leadership. As summer heat and th ...more
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Published October 22nd 2015 by Words of Passion
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It is the year 216 BC. Livia is a Vestal Virgin, a priestess of the goddess Vesta sworn to keep Rome safe through the obligations of duty, dedication, and chastity.

In just a few months she will end her vows and marry her childhood companion. But the High Priestess’s collapse extends Livia’s duties and thrusts her into the unwanted role of leadership.

As summer heat and the threat of Hannibal descend on Rome, Livia dares to fall for Gaius, a married man and equestrian commander, who has loved her
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Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
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It is 216 B.C., where the Gods and Goddesses still rule Rome and Greece. We meet Livia is a Vestal Virgin, a priestess of the goddess Vesta who is sworn to keep Rome safe through the obligations of duty, dedication, and chastity.
She is months away from marrying her childhood companion and ending her vow. But then the head priestess suddenly collapsed Livia finds herself the new head priestess. She hopes the role is temporary as she finds herself in a role that she does n
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Kim
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was presented the opportunity to read and give an honest review by the author through email. I really liked the cover when I opened the package. The thumbnail used in promotions didn't do the actually cover justice. It was another reason I was intrigued enough to read a story that wasn't my usual genre. Add to that my fascination with history and ancient cultures, I couldn't wait to start reading it. The author opened the book with a casual party setting where I found the characters were at ea ...more
Jennifer
Aug 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Sacred Flame is unlike anything I've read before, while breathing life to a moment in history I vaguely knew of. Rome is still in its early days as a Republic and not yet at the height of its power. The Vestel Virgins are charged with keeping the spirit of Rome safe. But new and often bumbling High Priestess, Livia, seems to make one mistake after another. She is close to retirement, after a lifetime of servitude, ready to settle down with the man she loves. Livia is soon wooed by a man from ...more
Michelle Mechem
Aug 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Sacred Flame is a tragic story of forbidden love. Nanette has a masterful ability to weave historical detail with entertaining storytelling. Her tasteful love scenes lend an air of class to the “romance” category. She is a skillful wordsmith taking you on a journey to the past. The Sacred Flame is a beautiful read.
Heather Osborne
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The Sacred Flame by Nanette Littlestone is a historical fiction novel chronicling the story of Livia, a Vestal Virgin, in Rome during 216 B.C. Livia longs to leave the service of the temple, having given her entire life in the service of Vesta, and live out her life in peace and happiness with her fiancé, Kaeso. Yet, things are not to go as plan as the High Priestess falls ill, and Livia is thrust into the role with much reluctance. Yet, when Gaius, a man f
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Leonide Martin
Sep 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Given during childhood to the Vestal Virgins of Rome, Livia looks forward to ending her 30 years of service as a priestess, marrying her childhood friend, having a family and living a simple farming life. The serious illness of the Chief Priestess thrusts Livia into leadership and prevents her leaving. Complications enter when Centurion Gaius reappears and pursues his love for Livia, who violates her vows when she falls for him. Further plots from his jealous wife and Livia's competitor for Vest ...more
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