Award winning author, Katherine Spada Basto was a teacher and now writes full time. She enjoys mythology, folklore, traveling, painting and the study of ancient civilizations. "Days to the Gallows" is Ms. Spada Basto's first novel and is the Winner of the Hollywood Book Festival, 2017 Wild Card, the 2017 Winner of IPNE's (Independent Publishers of New England) Young Adult Category. Ms. Spada Basto's second book, "Vestal Virgin: Chosen for Rome" was released December 2019. Since then, "Vestal Virgin" has received numerous WINNER awards including, Winner of Genre Fiction and Young Adult Independent Publishers of New England 2020 Awards, WINNER in Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Religious/Spiritual and Young New Adult, as well as WINNER in the New York Book Festival for Best Book in Religious/Spiritual category! Ms. Spada Basto is busy at home working on her third novel.
When I read a book I wish to be escorted and enveloped in another time and place. I hope to feel connection and concern and care for the characters. This book does all of that and so much more! This book will have you interested from the very first page and have you thinking about when can you get back to keep reading it. I really appreciate how skilled the author is with description and clarity that created the feeling I was right there in ancient Rome. This historical fiction is just that…an enthralling story weaved around and though fact. I was left connected to the characters and having gained a knowledge on Rome, specifically the lives of the Vestal Virgins. Both the story and the history are truly fascinating! I really can not recommend this book enough! Hands down a must read for any adult or young adult!
Whether I am actually traveling or reading a book, I want to feel the ancestral energy of the place and/or the characters' physical and emotional experiences. Vestal Virgin: Chosen for Rome brought to life just one aspect of living during the Roman Empire for a chosen few. The detailed historical research brilliantly brings alive again the people of that time. I highly recommend!
So I haven't read this one yet, by my friend Kathy Spada Basto, but it received rave reviews from a tough critic, my father-in-law. He commented how well researched and written it was and thoroughly enjoyed it. (I thought @kathyspadabasto would like to know that.) I am not surprised. This one is on my TBR list, and her first book, Days of the Gallows, was great!