5 of 5 stars *****
This reader is taken back in time to Ephesus, Rome, and the Holy Land by Francine Rivers, once again. Rivers depicts these ancient places of Earth during Roman rule and occupation. This fabulous journey is rich in historical accuracy and philosophical enlightenment.
An Echo in the Darkness: Mark of the Lion is the second book of Francine's Christian Historic trilogy. It begins with a surprise and evolves into an enticing story of wealth, greed, and jealousy that turns to loss, sorrow, and forgiveness when the protagonist searches for truth. Poetic justice may be observed by intelligence but wisdom unveils the divine plan of redemption for those who learn and seek contrition.
Love of a certain humble heroine is the driving force throughout the plot in both books but is most evident in the second. This reviewer appreciates the manner in which the first book ends, shocking as it is, and wonders how the third book continues the emotional saga of rich and poor transcending all obstacles in the name of Jesus Christ. Book two, An Echo in the Darkness: Mark of the Lion, has an almost story-book ending that could be a final chapter.