Review: Curses and Smoke by Vicky Alvear Shecter

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Okay, wow, Curses and Smoke put me through an emotional meat grinder.  I was a bit hesitant to read a book based on the eruption of Mount Vesuvius, mainly because I had reservations about receiving a happy ever after.  I mean, this story is framed around one of the greatest natural disasters of the ancient world.  I can’t imagine how the people of Pompeii felt during the earthquake, and then when the mountain exploded with a deafening boom, vomiting a deadly mix of debris 20 miles into the air.  I know how I would feel, and I at least understand some of the science behind the event.  Not so for the citizens of Pompeii.

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