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  • By Brenda K. Hancock on January 8, 2014

    Having never been particularly drawn to the either Greek/Roman empires or Olympic Games history, I admit that my first impression was that I would not enjoy this book, and I hesitated when it was recommended. Once I began the journey with Youree's vivid characters, I was hooked. Her research gave me insight into a way of life about which I knew very little. The descriptions of setting were so vivid that I could easily picture each locale. A romantic at heart who loves a "happily ever after" story, I especially liked that everything worked out just like I wanted it to work out AND that both main characters were dynamic, growing to a greater depth of understanding of what is important in life. I also liked Youree's showing the reader that no one is either good or bad, but that there's at least a little of each in all of us. For anyone interested in the early Olympic games, in the Roman empire intruding upon the Greek way of life, in the beginnings of Christian belief, this is a powerful and interesting read.

  • By Raymona Anderson on September 10, 2012

    Youree's familiarity with Greek settings and her knowledge of what winning an Olympic event meant to athletes and their families in the first century A.D., brought Race to Glory to life for me. Timos and Kyniska became the teens next door. Their occasional lapses in good judgment made me want to shake my finger at them, but I liked the basic good character each revealed. Their persistence, and their love for each other against considerable odds won me over. If you enjoy tales of athletic endeavor, historical novels, or love stories, I highly recommend this book.

  • By Polly W. Swafford on May 16, 2012

    The plot of Race to Glory definitely kept this reader engaged. I am totally impressed by the details Youree worked into the story about places in Greece that she visited and the history she researched. Wow! Race to Glory will be my recommendation for my book club.


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