Our online historical fiction bookclub’s pick for this month is “Cleopatra’s Daughter” by Michelle Moran. If you read my blog you know I LOVE her books! This one was special to me as I won it online in a giveaway and it’s signed to me by Michelle.
“Cleopatra’s Daughter” tells the story of Cleopatra’s surviving children after her and Marc Antony’s death in Egypt. Twelve-year-old twins Selene and Alexander are taken by Roman ruler Octavian to Rome and raised as part of his family, along with his daughter Julia, named heir Marcellus, “spare heir” Tiberius, and a host of other characters based on real life counterparts. Selene and Alexander’s life is a mix of trying to retain the dignity and value of their Egyptian heritage, while dealing with the daily triumphs and tribulations of being teens. Friendships, burgeoning sexuality, and a strong sense of loyalty to their mother often leaves them in conflict and confusion. Their life over the several year period they were in Rome is told in Michelle Moran’s incomparable fashion: you will feel you are there. Ancient Rome comes alive, as do her characters. I highly recommend this book to those who like to read of ancient times and who like strong and interesting characters based on fact.
I give this book 5 Stars! I can’t wait for your next novel, Michelle!!