A Bitter Chill (Aurelia Marcella, Book 2) by Jane Finnis

By Jane Finnis

In past due December ninety five advert, Roman settlers in Britannia are getting ready to have a good time Saturnalia. Innkeeper Aurelia Marcella's plans for a relaxed vacation are shattered whilst her brother brings undesirable information. An enemy in Rome is making an attempt to smash her kinfolk by means of spreading rumours that they're plotting opposed to Caesar. Her brother has misplaced his activity as a central authority investigator, the mansio is menaced through a gang of local criminals, and while a celebration of wealthy, challenging tourists arrive to stick, their quarrels and violence spill over into Aurelia's family. Then the Saturnalia dinner party, spotlight of the pageant, culminates in tragic demise. Aurelia's sister Albia is among the leader suspects.
This moment e-book within the sequence takes Aurelia from the quiet nation-state to the busy new garrison city of York the place she needs to cope with traitors and crooks, and face own hazard to guard her sister and aid her brother. If she fails, her relations will lose not only their mansio, yet their lives

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Christina lifted her long skirt and joined her brother as the wet sand oozed between their toes. "I found a star-shaped shell," Carl said. The pair walked on the beach, enjoying the sun and the sand. When they looked behind them, they realized they had been walking a long time. "Your face is red as a flame," Christina said. " They walked back to the house, and Mrs. " Here, use the juice from this aloe plant. " Carl and Christina squeezed the sticky juice on their skin. Gradually, the pain lessened.

The room where he worked had no windows and little heat. He kept his coat on as he worked. When he walked home that evening, the sky was completely dark. Nearing his house, he saw a lone oil lamp in the window. Smoke coming from the chimney cheered him. Inside, Page 5 he took off his wet boots and warmed his feet at the fireplace. How good it was to be home. As he began to feel warm, he looked up to see Christina, his older sister. Her golden hair fell to her shoulders, and her blue eyes met his.

Carl welcomed the mushy ground that kept his boots always muddy. He smiled as he saw the ice crack on the pond. The days became longer with more sunlight. With warmer weather coming, Carl thought of Walpurgis Night, the Swedish celebration that welcomed spring. At the end of April, he'd join others in his village to celebrate the event with a bonfire and a festival. He was looking forward to the event. One evening just before supper, Carl went into his room and sat down on his bed. He glanced at the empty bed Page 10 where Oscar slept before he left home.

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