Usually I never respond to reviews, unless it's just to like them or thank the reviewer, but since she went out of her way to give such a wonderful and detailed account, I wanted to give some background for my book and Diana's character. I wrote Silver Knight with the intent of sparking an interest for history with teenagers. (Of course really anyone, but as a high school history teacher, I faced students who absolutely and completely found history BORING! And I wanted to make them curious.)
So, let me just say that as an adult, I would never just fly off to Rome or leave when I saw my obviously injured friend being helped by a stranger, but as a teenager, we just kind of went with stuff...especially during Mardi Gras. I absolutely shudder at some of the situations I was involved in that could have so easily ended badly (from rape to death). But at the time, as a teenager, I felt I would live forever, nothing bad could happen, and I was as mature as I was going to get. LOL. I know better now. I was very, very fortunate. ;)
Now because of my work with teenagers, I've seen that same tendancy by the vast majority to say: let's do it! And without thought, they do it. You might ask them later: Why would you do that? Don't know or seemed like a good idea at the time. What were you thinking? They shrug. In other words, they weren't. Anyway, that is where Diana gets much of her immediate acceptance of her situation.
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