The Centurion’s Wife By Janette Oake and Davis Bunn
I have been reading Ms. Oake since I was in high school and she has never disappointed me. Wonderful crafted romances with the characters faith a main thread of the story. Her romances are not preachy, but show you important faith is in the lives of her characters.
In this new book, Ms. Oake and Davis Bunn explored the very beginnings of the faith. The Roman Government is finding that crucified, buried, and now the body missing, Jesus of Nazareth is more dangerous to them then he was alive. The follows of the Christ are reeling from the sudden lost of him, seeing him die and then finding his tomb empty has left them all a little lost and bewildered even though they have seen him since. Pilate and Herod, leader the Judeans, form a plan to find the threat level of a revolt in the group of followers. Albus, the centurion that went to Jesus to ask his servant boy be healed but told him he didn’t need to come to the house to do so just say it was done and he would believe him, wants to further his career in the Roman army, he decided to start by asking for the hand of Pilate’s niece for wife figuring with her connections she will be able to help him move up the ranks. Leah, abandon by her father, who was betrayed by his partners and forced in bankruptcy and disgrace, and watched her two oldest sisters forced into loveless marriages where they were no more than chattel, doesn’t want to marry, she is content to be a maid to Pilate’s wife, a servant, for the rest of her days. The plot Pilate and Herod form is that there will be a Judean betrothal between the two and the task to be completed before Albus can claim his bride is to find out 1) If Jesus of Nazareth is dead? 2) Where is his body? And 3) is there revolt imminent in his followers. Leah is sent to the follower’s courtyard where they gather, by her mistress, Procula – Pilate’s wife – to find out the same thing. Will the two of them find the answers they are sent for? Or will they each find a set of answers to those questions that might put them, and possibly the might of the Roman Empire at greater risk? A sweet, faith filled romance that resonates with the belief of the Messiah. A well crafted story that tales a captivating tale that draws you in so that you can’t let it go. A must read for any Janette Oake’s fans.