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Monday, May 5, 2014

Just Myrto Review and Giveaway!


As a young woman in Ancient Greece, Myrto is doubly cursed to have been born both a mortal and a female.

When her father dies, leaving no dowry for her to marry, she wonders whether her brother will find her a husband or sell her into slavery. Although she'd rather have a kind master than a cruel husband, her brother decides to give Myrto to his form teacher Socrates as a second wife.

Being a second wife is not easy for Myrto, and while her new husband treats her kindly, his first wife Xanthippe is nothing but cruel. Myrto spends much of her time away from home in an attempt to avoid being alone with the terrifying Xanthippe, and soon strikes up an intellectual friendship with her husband's student, Plato. Although she wants nothing more than a friend, he has designs on more.

Now Myrto must discover where she belongs in this quickly changing world. Will she accept the lot she has been given by her family, succumb to romantic love, or pave the way for women of the future to live better lives?

As her personal journey through Ancient Greek Metaphysics unfolds, will she always be defined by her relationships with men? Or will she discover the joy of being Just Myrto?

“What I loved most about this book is how the author resists the temptation of the romantic master narrative. Myrto develops great strength as she learns to think for herself. In fact, I’ve never seen a better depiction of growth in a young woman — from vulnerability and anxiety to confidence and courage.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in ancient Greek culture and in a riveting story of female empowerment.”
~Shirley Hershey Showalter, author of Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World, and former president of Goshen College.
“Laurie Gray crafts a compelling and appealing narrator who shows that despite societal constraints, an individual can create her own life. Complete with delightful renderings of Socratic dialogue and thoughtful looks into the customs and knowledge of the time, Just Myrto is a lively story of some of the most important people of the Classical period of ancient Greece. The depth of Gray’s research shows in the accuracy of the details of daily life, yet doesn’t interfere with the story or get in the way of the readers’ interest in the characters.”
–Tracy Barrett, author of Dark of the Moon


Just Myrto was a perfect blend of History and Fiction. Although I definitely knew the story of Socrates the story, and even existence, of Myrto was brand new to me. I enjoyed the Philosophy and discussions on a woman's role in society in the 4th Century.

Although Myrto has been dealt a hard hand in life from the beginning she always seems to take things in stride and with the most optimistic view possible. Married off at a young age to a much older man in which she had no say Myrto had to deal with issues most girls her age in western civilization never have to think about or fear. Her attitude is one I find admirable. Being married to Socrates she gets opportunities most girls of her time were not allowed. The opportunity to learn to read and write and discuss her thoughts and opinions with the men.

I think Just Myrto is a great addition to any readers bookshelf who is just begining to learn about Philosophy and History or who is a dedicated scholar in such fields.

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Laurie Gray has worked as a high school teacher, a deputy prosecuting attorney, and the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC ( In addition to writing, speaking and consulting, Laurie currently works as a bilingual child forensic interviewer at her local Child Advocacy Center and as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Tech. She has served on the faculty of the National Symposium for Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama, annually since 2009. Her debut novel Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books/2010) received a Moonbeam Gold Medal for excellence in young adult fiction and was named a 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist. Her second novel, MAYBE I WILL (Luminis Books/ 2013) received a Moonbeam Bronze Medal.

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1 comment:

  1. I'm so glad you enjoyed Just Myrto! Thank you for reading, reviewing and sharing the book with your followers.