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Aurelia has always valued love and happiness over titles and power. Though her kind-hearted father has allowed her to turn away suitor after suitor in pursuit of a love she cannot yet define, when he dies her choices die with him. Knowing that marrying the elderly governor of a neighboring province can secure her mentally challenged brother's safety, she gives up on her dr ...more
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Published May 10th 2020 by Independently Published
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Julie - One Book More
Jul 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
A sweet historical romance with well-developed characters and an interesting plot, Soothsayer is a quick and immersive read. The story is about Aurelia, a young woman in Ancient Rome whose father recently died. Now in charge of her brother, who has special needs, Aurelia is pressured by her nagging aunt to marry. When the Governor, an older, selfish man that repulses Aurelia, offers his hand in marriage in exchange for excusing Aurelia’s brother from the required military duty, Aurelia sees no o ...more
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Ah yes, three star reviews… my favorite. Again I find it pretty hard to put my thoughts about this book into words. But I will try!

Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra is a historical romance set in ancient Rome. When I read books set in ancient Rome it’s usually historical fiction, more focused on battles and politics and not romance like this one but reading something slightly different every now and then isn’t that bad.

To keep it nice and short, the story is about Aurelia who is set to marry a much
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Alana Bloom
I haven't read a historical romance outside of London/Scotland in ages, so I was excited to pick up a romance set in ancient Rome. If you are looking for a sweet, no steam romance then look no further than Soothsayer.

I enjoyed Aurelia and Cassius. Aurelia was naive, sheltered, but a legitimately sweet and loyal character that was interesting to follow. Cassius was gruff, doom and gloom. Basically a shell of a man plodding through life after a grim prophesy handed to him by a soothsayer as a chil
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CoffeeTimeRomance andMore
I must admit, I have not read more than a couple of books set in this time. I am not sure if it is because there are not a lot of them, or I just do not come across them. Either way I thoroughly enjoyed this little glimpse into ancient Rome. A well told story is a well told story.
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Hina Tabassum Khatri
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The idea of the setting of the story was what intrigued me to say yes to Kathryn that I will give her book a go. I am glad that I said yes.

I was looking forward to learning more of the lifestyle of the time the story is set in and was a little disappointed as not much was talked about of the times. In the beginning, I wanted the characters to be more but they felt very two dimensional but past 25% mark, I was pretty satisfied with the development.

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cherelle (a bolt out of the book)
3.5 stars! A solid historical romance that surprised me!

FULL REVIEW of Soothsayer on my blog

Ancient Rome. A sweet romance. Admirable characters. What more can I ask for?

I loved how brave and charming Aurelia and Cassius both were, and how deep their love for the family was... Also, though the haters to lovers trope started out a little hastily with some awkwardness, I still enjoyed seeing how it progressed with Little Miss Sunshine and Mr. In a Bad Mood... afterwards, I found all the longing and
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Kelly
Soothsayer is Kathryn Amurra's debut novel. It was published in the beginning of May 2020. It is a clean romance.

About the Book

Soothsayer is set in ancient Rome. Aurelia has always valued love and happiness over titles and power. Her kind father indulged her desire to marry for love, allowing her to turn away suitor after suitor in her pursuit of love. However, when her father dies, she is placed in a predicament that doesn't allow her the freedom to choose. If she is to protect her mentally cha
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Millay
Jan 30, 2021 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: 16+
Recommended to Millay by: Kathryn Amurra
Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra was a fairly entertaining book. Its setting in Ancient Rome was most interesting to me. However, this book didn't astound me.

The story was nicely put together, it was well-written and the characters were nicely fleshed out. However, the story was too probable. The hate-to-love trope is evident from the first chapter, and poorly constructed. That being said, the characters were pretty good.

Though Aurelia was an intelligent, independent, and highly-relatable woman, she
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love_yourshelf
Dec 10, 2020 rated it liked it
I give this book a 3.5. Sorry it took so long to read this.

If you like enemies to lovers romance set in Ancient Rome, this book may be for you!

"I wonder if sometimes our understanding of a thing is based on our own notion of what that thing should mean, rather than what it truly does mean."

Soothsayer is a novel of fate.

Setting/Romance: What I liked most about this book is, what mainly attracted me to the book which is it's setting. I have not read many if any books set in Ancient Rome and it was
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Danielle Urban
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra is an interesting tale. A young woman is forced to given in only to save her brother. A forced marriage to a man she hates. Aurelia is a strong character. She braves the situation and unexpected outcomes arrive. A love like no other happens between her and her future husband's guard. Both characters quick, smart, and kind. The pages fly by as I followed them. With every page, I rooted for the heroes. Love, sacrifice, and family are major themes inside this novella. F ...more
Rose Auburn
Jul 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Soothsayer is set in Ancient Rome and tells the story of Aurelia, who lives with her rather petulant and mercenary Aunt Petronia and mentally disabled brother, Angelus. A visit by the aging Governor Attilius delights Aunt Petronia as he asks for Aurelia’s hand in marriage. Aurelia has absolutely no intention of marrying Attilius but it is made clear that if she does not, then her brother will be left to the mercy of military service for three years in the Emperor’s Army. Aurelia knows that he wi ...more
Leanne Davis
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Taking place in ancient Rome, the story immediately takes the reader back in time in a way that makes you feel like you are "there" and part of the story. There was just enough nuggets of historical detail to make the setting feel completely real, without weighing the book down with (though interesting!) unnecessary, or distracting details. Everything the author included in the story enriched the reading experience and deepened the reader's understanding of the setting and how it relates to the ...more
Alyssa Jingling
Mar 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received the book for free from the author. All comments and opinions are entirely my own and I am writing a voluntary review.

I pride myself on my insane work ethic at my 9-to-5. Like, all my coworkers and my bosses comment on my productivity levels insane. So the two days I spent reading Soothsayer probably seemed strange to the office — I devoured it without thought to the world around me. No one tell my boss, but I snuck my Kindle under my desk to read while I went through my emails and org
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Katie
Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is not my normal read. I'm a raunchy romance novel reader through and through. Soothsayer hardly fits that bill, but I found it to be an enchanting read, nonetheless.

Soothsayer takes place in Rome in 115 CE which made it an utterly fascinating read. You can tell that Amurra did her research, although, to be honest, my lack of knowledge about 155 CE Rome would technically mean that I wouldn't know one way or the other. But the descriptions of the clothing, the settings, and the people were i
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Kristen
Dec 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Set in the Roman Empire, Soothsayer is the story of Aurelia, a beloved daughter of a minor nobleman. She is determined only to marry a man she loves and her doting father agrees, allowing her to turn down several potential suitors. His death, which takes place before the book begins and thus is no spoiler, places her in an unstable situation, not just on her own behalf as an
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M. K. French
Nov 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Aurelia had never valued politics or power, so she turned away multiple suitors. Her father allowed this, but when he died she no longer had choices. She needed to protect herself and her brother, who would be drawn into the army unless excused by a governor. Marrying the elderly governor in another province would provide that, so agreed to the marriage. Cassius, as head of the governor’s guard, was chosen to escort Aurelia to the estate. He was never interested in love, as an early death had be ...more
Cindy Gen-Vat
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When I read, I look for a book that either teaches me something or transports me to another time or place. Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra does all of that!

Soothsayer is set during the 2nd century near Rome. This author does an incredible job of describing the way of living and politics from that time. It’s easy to feel like you are part of that society, following all the characters on their journeys.

The characters! So well-developed and multi-faceted. We learn more about them all as the story unfo
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May
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I was kindly sent a copy of this by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Wow.
I loved this. It was such a mistake to start reading this at 1am because now it is 4am and I am exhausted but I got to finish this amazing book so it was well worth it!!
It was exactly what I was needing to read. Perfection. One of the sweetest romances I've read all year. The characters were amazing and had such depth! Aurelia was an incredible female protagonist. She was strong and determined and smart but al
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Tanya Agler
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Every so often, you open the cover of the book and know within the first few pages you don’t want to put it down. Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra, a sweet historical romance, is one of those books. Ms. Amurra’s debut novel is a stirring tale of forbidden love set in Ancient Rome. Aurelia is reeling from the loss of her father, and her aunt is busying the household for a visit from the governor, an older leader who was friends with Aurelia’s father. When he visits, he brings with him his security te ...more
Nickmatala
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading a romance book is not easy to enjoy unless it relates to your past romances.
With that said, I found the Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra fits my needs. It fits my first and always romance in Cairo Egypt. What a meal, could not let the book down for a minute, easy to read, very accurate in taking you thru that passion of love long time ago, the characters in the story are very much real to me.
The author described those sentiments that I thought during my reading were all mine.
What I could not
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Deandra
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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"Soothsayer" was a beautiful blend of historical romance and tragedy. I fell in love by the second page of the book and I felt so wonderful after reading the story I couldn't believe how expertly crafted it all felt. Kathryn Amurra created believable characters and placed them in historical setting in Rome that I could immediately pin down in history.
I admired the strength of the character Aurelia and the courage of Cassius, the male and female leads respectively. Their's was a believable story
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Likely Story
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion. Soothsayer is a historical romance novel set in Ancient Rome. It follows Aurelia as she is forced to marry a governor 40-something years her senior in order to protect her special needs brother now that their father has died. Amurra did an amazing job at writing a romance novel that was unique and not boring. I was flipping through the pages until I realized I had finished it at 3am.

For the rest of this review cli
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Mary
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from the Author, in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book is a hate-to-love clean romance set in Ancient Rome. I did enjoy this book so hear me out. With any book set in another time in history, you have to accept how things ran then even if they make my skin crawl. So yes I have a level of acceptance for this book that I would not if it took place in the modern-day.

Now with that said.

In this story, Aurelia is cornered into
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Samantha
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great romance that transported me to Ancient Rome. I loved the story, the characters, and the setting. Great pace too... once I started reading, I found it hard to put the book down. Can’t wait to read Kathryn Amurra’s next book!
Nancy
Jul 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was such a fun read. Very hard to stop reading once I started. Loved the story, the characters, the romance, it really felt like an escape. Highly recommend!!!
Vikki Vaught
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Musings

A full review will follow on my blog. This a a lovely romantic tale about a couple who believe their destiny lie in one direction until a another's words show them a new path. Happy ☺reading 📚!
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Sondra
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. Fun, refreshing, exciting, was hard to put down! The characters, dialogue, setting and story were wonderful. It was very light, I could be in any mood and easily dive right back into the adventure. It was also very well paced.
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