Top Pick for 2008
-- Romantic Times
The Centurion's Wife (Acts of Faith Series, Book 1)
Davis Bunn & Janette Oke
When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed's striking countenance and postion, Leah deems life as a centurioun's wife a fate worse than death.
Head of the garrison near Galilee, Alban has ambitions that could one day see him at the seat of power-in Rome itself. Eager to prove himself, he takes on the assignment of a lifetime, one that will put his career, his beliefs, and his very life at risk.
But when the death-and missing body-of an obscure rabbi find Leah and Alban searching for the same answers, what they discover changes everything.
"Grandmother of the evangelical Christian fiction boom, Oke teams with Bunn, another established author brand, in this biblical fiction embroidered around a minor character in the gospels, one Roman soldier whose young servant was miraculously healed by Jesus.
The centurion Alban seeks advancement in the Roman government of occupied Judaea. His plan to advance will win him an unwilling bride, Leah, a young woman whose family's economic disgrace has forced her into servitude in the household of Roman governor Pilate, who has recently condemned to death a controversial Jewish spiritual leader by the name of Jesus.
This nicely plotted series kickoff provides interesting back stories for the central characters that cry out for further development. A few supporting characters hold interest,including Alban's fellow soldier Linux and Pilate's wife Procula, another intriguing bit player in the gospel of Christ's passion. Unfortunately, the characters who follow Jesus have but a single dimension: piety. Fans of these popular authors will love their joint effort imagining and animating the context of Christianity's birth."
"The Centurion's Wife
is beyond expectation. It is captivating. Together Oke and Bunn have crafted a magnificent book readers will adore. The Centurion's Wife
—San Antonio Beacon