Sure As The Dawn by Francine Rivers
  • When the baby is born, Julia orders to have him thrown on the rocks at the sea
  • However, with time Atretes gets over his anger and grief and wants to know what happened to his baby
  • While the villagers are happy to see Atretes back, they are not so sure about his foreign wife, and a woman named Anomia will stop at nothing to have Atretes for herself

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      “Sure As The Dawn,” book 3 in the Mark of the Lion series, focuses on Atretes, a German warrior captured by the Romans and made a gladiator. Having become very successful in the arena, Atretes has earned fame, money, the love of a wealthy Roman beauty Julia Valerian, and, eventually, his freedom. When he is free, Atretes builds a nice house in Rome, preparing for his marriage with Julia.

      But Julia marries another man, for status and money, and wants to continue her relationship with Atretes as


      an affair. Atretes is deeply hurt.

      He tells Julia that he never wants to see neither her nor the child she carries. When the baby is born, Julia orders to have him thrown on the rocks at the sea.

      Hadassah, Julia’s Christian slave, saves the baby and takes in to her friend, Apostle John. John knows a woman who has recently lost her baby, as well as her husband.

      The woman, named Rizpah, takes Atretes & Julia’s boy to raise as her own child. However, with time ...


      • Atretes gets over his anger and grief and wants to know what happened to his baby.

        After Hadassah tells him that the baby, Caleb, is alive, Atretes sends for him. Rizpah, who has grown to love Caleb and does not want to part with him, follows.

        Atretes allows her to stay and take care of the baby. Atretes and Rizpah feel drawn to each other, but they both fight the attraction.

        When Atretes learns that the crowd wants him back on the arena and certain steps

        are being taken in that direction, he decides to leave Rome and go back to his homeland, Germania. Together with Rizpah and Caleb he joins a group of Christians traveling that way.

        The long and dangerous journey helps Atretes and Rizpah to sort out their differences and realize their love for each other. They arrive to Atretes’s village married.

        While the villagers are happy to see Atretes back, they are not so sure about his foreign wife, and a woman named Anomia will stop at nothing to have Atretes for herself.

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