“Sometimes the most direct road is not the best one. Often men do not know this, but it is something girls learn young.”
― Phyllis T. Smith, The Daughters of Palatine Hill
I don't know why it took me this long to read The Daughters of Palatine Hill after I read and enjoyed I Am Livia by the same author, but I am glad I finally did! I recently visited Rome and as we walked on the Palatine Hill and forum, I thought I wanted to read some historical fiction about this city. The Daughters of Palatine Hill delivered a thoughtful, informative and creative story about three women and their lives in Rome during the reign of Augustus. Smith elegantly weaves fiction and fact to create a compelling story, and by the time I finished, I felt sad to let go of these intriguing characters. My only niggle is that I listened to the audiobook and the narrator who voiced Selene was just a bit grating. That being said, I really enjoyed this book and am happy to recommend it!