Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WAITING ON WEDNESDAY: I am Livia by Phyllis T. Smith

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly blogging event hosted by Breaking the Spine that highlights eagerly anticipated new releases.

I've been waiting a while for this debut historical novel by Phyllis T. Smith. It's due out in April 2014.

Here's the goodreads blurb:

Her life would be marked by scandal and suspicion, worship and adoration...
At the tender age of fourteen, Livia Drusilla overhears her father and fellow aristocrats plotting the assassination of Julius Caesar. Proving herself an astute confidante, she becomes her father's chief political asset and reluctantly enters into an advantageous marriage to a prominent military officer. Her mother tells her it is possible for a woman to influence public affairs,  reminding Livia that  while she possesses a keen sense for the machinations of the Roman senate, she must also remain patient and practical. But patience and practicality disappear from Livia's mind when she meets Caesar's heir, Octavianus. At only eighteen, he displays both power and modesty. A young wife by that point, Livia finds herself drawn to the golden-haired boy. In time, his fortunes will rise as Livia's family faces terrible danger. But her sharp intellect and her heart will lead Livia to make an unbelievable choice: one that will give her greater sway over Rome than she could have ever foreseen.

Livia is a fascinating historical character and I can't wait to read her story!

And I'm excited to see what other books everyone is waiting for.


  1. This sounds like an interesting historical fiction! I'll definitely be checking it out. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog earlier!

  2. I've not heard about this book but it sounds good. Thanks for sharing and for stopping by =)
    Amie @Magic of Words

  3. Love that cover! I hadn't heard of this before, but it definitely sounds interesting. I love historical fiction. :)

    Thanks for stopping by Let's Evaluate

    Erin @ Let's Evaluate

  4. This book would be enlightening about the period and these characters whom I'm not familiar with.
    Book Dilettante

  5. I haven't heard of this one but it sounds like a pretty interesting novel. Great pick!

  6. Hadn't heard of this one before, but a book about Livia?? Sold! Will definitely be waiting on this now too!
    Thanks for visiting my WoW!

  7. Hi Susan,

    Hope you enjoy I Am Livia! The book I'm waiting for right now is the one by Steven Saylor, Raiders of the Nile, that will be out in February. I love his mysteries set in ancient Rome.