by Sandi Rog
HE FIGHTS FOR HIS FREEDOM. SHE FIGHTS FOR HER LIFE. TOGETHER, THEY FIGHT FOR EACH OTHER.
After watching Roman soldiers drag his parents away to their death, David, a young Hebrew, is sold and enslaved to serve at a villa outside of Rome. As David trains to become a skilled fighter, he works hard to please his master and hopes to earn his freedom. However, an opportunity to escape tempts him with its whispering call. Freedom beckons, but invisible chains hold him captive to the master's granddaughter, an innocent girl with a fiery spirit. David vows to protect Alethea from his master, the murderous patriarch, and contrives a daring plan—sacrifice his own life to save hers.
The Master's Wall takes readers on a journey through ancient Rome, where young David is captured and forced into slavery under the wealthy Vibian Cornelius Aloysius. For our book club dinner, we wanted to transport guests to the palace of Aloysius. So co-coordinator Missy Jones and I abandoned our usual meeting room and cluster of round tables for banquet-style seating in the tiled foyer just inside our church building. We set rectangular tables end to end and covered them with tablecloths, which allowed all of us to sit together.
Gilded edges on china plates and goblets and gold-colored chargers, napkins and candle sticks gave our party a regal feel. We placed our appetizers on the table: herbed cheese and crackers, olives, red and green grapes, and crusty rounds of bread with parmesan olive oil for dipping.
The golden glow of candlelight -- and friendship -- lit the night as we went over The Master's Wall for a book club dinner to remember.
Still to come this week, more book club fun and the reveal of our latest selection!