Today I am reviewing the Confessions of X by Suzanne M. Wolfe.
Here is a brief synopsis:
Before he became the sainted church father of Christianity, Augustine of Hippo began a love affair with a young woman whose name has been lost to history. They were together for over thirteen years, and she bore him a son. This is her story.
She met Augustine in Carthage when she was just seventeen years old. She was the daughter of a tile-layer. He was a student and the heir to a fortune. They fell in love, despite her lower station and Augustine’s dreams of greatness. T
heir passion was strong, but the only position in his life that was available to her was as his concubine.
When Augustine’s ambition and family compelled him to disown his relationship with the her, X was thrust into a devastating reality as she was torn from her son and sent away to her native Africa.
A reflection of what it means to love and lose, this novel paints a gripping and raw portrait of ancient culture, appealing to historical fiction fans while deftly exploring one woman’s search for identity and happiness within very limited circumstances .
This is not really a book I would encourage my viewers to read…
While I’m sure many people find it an interesting read, and have no trouble promoting it, I am not one of those. There are words . . . and scenes . . . that made me very uncomfortable.
This is the story of Augustine of Hippo, who met a very young woman (of seventeen), began a secret relationship with her, had a son with her, and supposedly never loved another woman. Yet because he was heir to a fortune and of a higher class, he was eventually forced to leave her.
Since the story is published as fiction, no one really knows how much of it is even close to the truth.
When looking for clean fiction, this is not a book I would pick, so I cannot recommend it.
God Bless You!
Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt
I received a copy of this book from The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review.