- Author: Lindsay Townsend
- Publisher: Bookstrand
- Year: 2008
- Setting: Roman Britain, 206 AD.
- Amazon Listing: Flavia's Secret
Spirited young Celtic scribe Flavia longs for freedom. She and her fellow slaves in Aquae Sulis (now Bath) have served the Lady Valeria for many years, but their mistress's death brings a threat to Flavia's dream: her new master, Marcus Brucetus, a charismatic, widowed officer, toughened in the forests of Germania. Flavia finds him overwhelmingly attractive, but she is aware of the danger. To save her life and those of her 'family', she has forged a note from her mistress. If the deception is discovered, all the slaves may die.
For his part, torn between attraction and respect, Marcus will not force himself on Flavia. Flavia by now knows of his grief over the deaths of his wife, Drusilla, and their child; but how can she match up to the serene, flame-haired Drusilla? As the wild mid-winter festival of Saturnalia approaches, many lives will be changed forever.