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Of Love and Treason

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Valentine defies the emperor and becomes a hero . . . and the most wanted man in the empire. Compelled by his faith, he has nothing to lose, until a chance encounter with the daughter of a Roman jailor changes everything.

Rome, AD 270. In the wake of the emperor’s marriage ban, rumors swirl that there is one man brave enough to perform wedding ceremonies in secret. A public notarius and leader of an underground church, Valentine believes the emperor’s edict unjust and risks his own life for the sake of his convictions. But as his fame grows, so do fears for his safety.

Iris, the daughter of a Roman jailor, believes regaining her sight will ease the mounting troubles at home. Her last hope rests in searching out Valentine and his church, but the danger of associating with people labeled a threat to the empire is great. Still, as Iris's new friends lead her to faith in God, Iris is drawn to Valentine and they both begin to hope for a future together beyond the treacherous empire.

But when a past debt and a staggering betrayal collide, Valentine, Iris, and everyone they love must fight for their lives . . . and wrestle with trusting a God who can restore sight yet does not always keep His followers from peril.

  • Discussion questions for book clubs

    Retelling of the legend of St. Valentine

    First Christian historical romance novel set in ancient times by author Jamie Ogle
    Genre: Inspirational

Praise for this book

"What a triumph! Of Love and Treason is for anyone who's ever wondered why bad things happen to good people. A tender love story and boost to faith!" - Mesu Andrews

"The unforgettable characters in Of Love and Treason touched my heart." - Lynn Austin

"Of Love and Treason overflows with heart and hope, courage and conviction. Fans of Francine Rivers's Mark of the Lion series will welcome this well-researched, timeless novel set in third-century Rome." - Laura Frantz

"Of Love and Treason is a feast for the soul. . . . Fans of Amanda Barratt's novels and Francine Rivers's Mark of the Lion series will rejoice over this astounding debut." - Jocelyn Green

"A fresh, evocative look at a character everyone has heard of, but few truly know. Of Love and Treason is the perfect blend of historical research and depth of character-a beautifully wrought tale." - Joanna Davidson Politano

"Of Love and Treason is a terrific read, rich in historical detail. With vividly drawn settings and complex characters, Jamie Ogle brings ancient Rome to life in this immersive and heart-wrenching story about early Christians who sacrificed everything for their faith. Fascinating from the first page to the last." - Francine Rivers

"Ogle's novel . . . is a beautiful examination of love in its many forms. Not to be missed." - Jennifer L Wright

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