Aurelia has always valued love and happiness over titles and power. Though her kind-hearted father has allowed her to turn away suitor after suitor in pursuit of a love she cannot yet define, when he dies her choices die with him. Knowing that marrying the elderly governor of a neighboring province can secure her mentally challenged brother’s safety, she gives up on her dream of finding love in return for his protection. Cassius is the ill-fated captain of the governor’s guard tasked with escorting the Lady Aurelia and her unpleasant aunt to the governor’s estate. Since the soothsayer Tullia foretold an early death for him, Cassius wants nothing more than to keep his hands busy with labor and his heart free from any connections to the world he believes he will be leaving soon. As they work through a series of misfortunes on the road to the governor’s province, the words of the soothsayer start to make sense, and together they find the courage to allow their true destiny to unfold.
Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra is an interesting tale. A young woman is forced to given in only to save her brother. A forced marriage to a man she hates. Aurelia is a strong character. She braves the situation and unexpected outcomes arrive. A love like no other happens between her and her future husband’s guard. Both characters quick, smart, and kind. The pages fly by as I followed them. With every page, I rooted for the heroes. Love, sacrifice, and family are major themes inside this novella. For those who like a fast-paced read filled with a happily ever after, than this book is a must read! Overall, I enjoyed this short book.