Thursday, January 22, 2009

The Centurian's Wife

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Centurion's Wife

Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2009)


Davis Bunn and Janette Oke


This book sets you right in the center of activity in the weeks following the crucifixion of Jesus.

Leah is Pontius Pilate's niece who, due to unfortunate circumstances, has become the handmaiden to his wife. She cares for her aunt who has been suffering from nightmares and terrible headaches caused by the fervor over a prophet named Jesus. Leah's mistress secretly assigns her to infiltrate the followers of Jesus in an attempt to understand her nightmares and the potential influence of this group on the peace in Jerusalem.

In another part of the kingdom, Alban is a successful young Centurian is seeking to improve his political career. He has asked to marry Leah based on her reputation, but before the marriage can be finalized he must investigate the reports that Jesus' body has been stolen.

Leah is terrified by the thought of a forced marriage. She seeks advice from her new friends in the compound of believers in Jesus. As both Leah and Alban watch history unfold, they are thrown into controversy and must each decide the truth for themselves. Was Jesus a man, or is he really the Savior his followers claim?

As an avid fan of historical fiction, this story quickly became a favorite. I can't wait for the sequel!

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Centurion's Wife, go HERE

To purchase the book, go to Amazon.

Davis Bunn is an internationally acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in fifteen languages. His audiences span reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings.

Honored with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include My Soul To Keep, and Full Circle. A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Bunn was named Novelist in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write.

Her first novel, a prairie love story titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. This book was followed by more than 75 others.

After Love Comes Softly was published, Oke found her readers asking for more. That book led to a series of eight others in her Love Comes Softly series. She has written multiple fiction series, including The Canadian West, Seasons of the Heart and Women of the West. Her most recent releases include a beautiful children's picture book, I Wonder...Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb and The Song of Acadia series, co-written with T. Davis Bunn.

Janette Oke's warm writing style has won the hearts of millions of readers. She has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medallion Award, The Christy Award of Excellence, the 1992 President's Award for her significant contribution to the category of Christian fiction from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and in 1999 the Life Impact Award from the Christian Booksellers Association International. Beloved worldwide, her books have been translated into fourteen languages.

She and her husband live nearby in Alberta, Canada.


Anonymous said...

I absolutely loved this book! I just finished reading it last night, I couldn't put it down! If you liked this book you should check out the three-part 'Mark of the Lion' historical fiction series by Francine Rivers. Liz Curtis Higgs also has an amazing four-part series (the 'Lowlands of Scotland' series)based on the story of Leah, Jacob, and Rachel. Obviously 'The Centurion's Wife 'is the first book in a series, but do you know if the authors plan to continue Alban and Leah's story? Or will they have more books in the series with different stories/characters? Either way I look forward to the future books in this series! God Bless!

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