Comments on Tracy’s Travels in Italy

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25 comments


  • Marge Schrader

    I just finished reading Pompeii, City On Fire. I visited Italy a couple of years ago with members of my family and with the exception of Venice, all the locations here are places we visited. We spent a day in Pompeii and it was so easy to visualize everything you wrote because I was there! Your pictures of Rome, Naples and Sorrento brought back wonderful memories as well. I absolutely loved this book! Thank you so much for jogging my memory to those exciting days spent in Italy. A suggestion: Would you consider writing about Sicily? My parents and many relatives were born in Campobello di Mazara on the west coast. While we were there we made a special side trip to find their home town. The vineyards and olive groves were amazing, and the people gracious. I found a cousin I didn’t know I had who is a practicing judge in Campobello. I’m looking forward to reading more of your work.

    February 15, 2012
    • Tracy Higley

      Thanks so much for these kind comments, Marge. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book, and that it brought back wonderful memories!

      February 21, 2012
  • Mary Jane Warzel

    Tracy,I just finished reading about your trip to Italy, via the dear reader column that I get.
    also bearwithme cause I am a lot older and just have a newI IPad.
    We have taken about 7 trips to Italy from north to south.
    Had an exchange student years ago and thus our love of the area.
    I sooooo enjoyed your delightful travel log.
    What many memories and your descriptions soooo accurate.
    if I had the time I could exchange events. And

    Areas. This typing is bad excuse.
    My favorite place is on theAmalfi coast a town called Ravello. Loved your descriptions. Fond
    Y, Mary jane

    July 24, 2012
    • Thanks, Mary Jane! So glad you enjoyed the travel photos!

      July 25, 2012
  • Cathy

    Hi Tracy. This evening I just finished reading Pompeii, City on Fire. I hid out in my ‘reading chair’ with instructions that I was not to be disturbed….with tears I was in the throes of the reign of fire with all the terror and confusion, which I could not even imagine. I think it will be take a while for Cato and Ari to settle in the recesses of my mind. It touched my heart the way you showed God’s power and love…may His love reach many through your book. God bless you!

    August 10, 2012
  • Thanks, Cathy. I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. Love thinking of you there in your “reading chair”! Thanks for the encouragement.

    August 10, 2012
  • Marsha Elliott

    Your pictures are lovely. I know you enjoyed your trip and how special to enjoy it with your daughter. I got ‘Garden of Madness’ from our library and read it and suggested to my daughter that she read it. After reading it she said, “I feel inspired”. So today I ordered a few more of your books, including “Pompeii…”. Thank you for taking us on the trip with you, and especially for all the research you do to take us back in history and reveal more of the God who holds it all in his hands.

    August 19, 2012
    • Thanks, Marsha, for the encouraging words and also for sharing my books with your daughter – I love to hear that!

      August 22, 2012
  • Hi Tracy,
    I loved your travel photos. My daughter and I recently took a quick (4 countries in 12 days) trip. We spent 1 night in Sorrento and 2 nights in Rome. Of course we stopped at Pompeii on the way from Sorrento to Rome. I have never traveled before (I’m scared of flying) so this was supposed to be a once in a lifetime experience, but I loved it so much that I can’t wait to go back! I can’t wait to pick up your books and see the places I’ve traveled through your eyes..umm.. I mean Ariella and Cato’s!

    January 10, 2013
    • LeAnne, your story reminded me so much of my trip with my daughter! Makes me want to go back to Sorrento. I hope you enjoy the books!

      January 15, 2013
  • Connie Patterson

    Thank you for the pictures, I am just starting the book “Pompeii” and now I will know where the places are in the book. Love your books,

    June 9, 2013
    • Thanks, Connie. Come back and revisit after you finish the book!

      June 21, 2013
  • Jackie Williams

    I read “Pompeii: City on Fire” quite a few months ago. I took a virtual tour with your journal just now and I just want to read this book again and go to that place. I love that you went to Italy and took these photos and wrote your journey. I can see it all unfolding now. What a great work! I look forward to reading another novel real soon! When I finished “Pompeii” I realized you were a favorite author of mine. Thanks so much!!

    June 13, 2013
    • So glad you enjoyed the virtual tour, Jackie! It was a fun trip, and I loved sharing it with my readers.

      June 21, 2013
  • Taylor LoForti

    Dear Tracy,
    Thank you for sharing your pictures and experiences! It is a blessing that you help to provide the tools in order for us as your readers to use all of our senses to understand what people during the times of Pompeii experienced. To see what the people then saw through pictures, sounds through your descriptions, and emotions through your characters. More than anything, it is wonderful to be reminded that we serve the same God, Yahweh, as His followers in the times of Pompeii. For we serve the eternal God who stay the same throughout the ages! Thank you for sharing your fun experiences! :)

    July 15, 2013
  • I just finished “Pompeii: City on Fire” today. It was deeply
    meaningful because I traversed the cobblestones of Pompeii just 2 years ago. I was so impressed and awed by this town where REAL people lived and died. Thank you for bringing it to life again for me and stimulating all of my senses to what it must have been like living in those times.
    You are a splendid weaver of tales and I look forward to
    reading all of your other books. And, thank you for writing about how the faith of following His way sustained and nourished the believers against all odds. I loved the artistry in all of your travel pictures. Keep ‘em coming!

    December 13, 2013
    • Thanks so much, Kate. I am really glad I was able to bring Pompeii back to life for you!

      December 15, 2013
  • maria greves

    Really enjoyed Pompeii – just finished – what an evocative and lovely book. You have a gift for bringing the past to life. I Spent the night on Vesuvius last year and it was very eerie but magical. Absolutely loved your travelogue with your daughter. Thank you!

    June 8, 2014
  • Gladys Weaver

    Thanks for the sharing the pictures of your travels. Really enjoyed the book about Ephesus, and know I’ll enjoy this one when I can read it. Took a course in Classical Civilization in college (Many years ago!) and fell in love with Roman and Greek culture. Have read lots of novels sit in both places. Thanks for helping those people and that time come alive.

    September 18, 2015
  • Joan

    I have thoroughly enjoyed all your books, & this travel log of yours & Rachael’s. I especially enjoyed this one of Pompeii.
    I hope to continue ‘traveling’ with you to various location sites of your books. Thanks, Tracy! j

    November 16, 2015
  • Pame;a Martin

    Hi Tracie,
    I’ve read The Queen’s Handmaid, my first of your thrilling books and then The trilogy of The Incense Road, which has whetted my interest for more of your exciting adventures. Just took the tour through Italy with you and your daughter and was thrilled to see Europe through your eyes.

    Looking forward to reading and visiting “Pompeii: City on Fire” and future excursions with you.
    Thank you so much for your inspired writings!

    August 12, 2016
    • Thanks, Pamela! So glad you enjoyed the book, and hope you get to take more “trips” with me!

      August 18, 2016
  • Patricia Blake

    I got City on Fire when I met you at the Blue Ridge Writer’s Conference. I just finished reading the book last night and enjoyed it thoroughly. But it became so much richer for me when I found the pictures from Pompeii on your website. I sure appreciate the encouragement and advice you shared with me when we talked about the ethics of historical fiction use of real people. I am looking forward to starting the The Queen’s Handmaid this afternoon.

    November 4, 2016
    • Thanks, Patricia! I enjoyed meeting you as well!

      November 12, 2016
  • June Wiegert

    Just finished Pompeii. Powerful story. Thank you so much. And thank you for sharing the photos — In a way, I wish I had seen the photos BEFORE reading the book! A little informed imagination along the way. . . :) Looking forward to reading your other novels. Your characters come alive, and I love the way the truth stands strong without being overplayed. Thank you for all the traveling and writing (and agonizing) that you put in to this book – it has blessed me this week.

    June 9, 2017

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