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The Centurion's Wife (#1 in Acts Of Faith Series)

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Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist's perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity...and the very personal story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political agendas and private trauma.

Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil--facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Galilee, he has been assigned by Palestine's governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah's mistress, the governor's wife, secretly commissions Leah also to discover what really has become of this man whose death--and missing body--is causing such furor.

This epic drama is threaded with the tale of an unlikely romance and framed with dangers and betrayals from unexpected sources. At its core, The Centurion's Wife unfolds the testing of loyalties--between two young people whose inner searchings they cannot express, between their irreconcilable heritages, and ultimately between their humanity and the Divine they yearn to encounter.

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Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist's perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity...and the very personal story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political agendas and private trauma.

Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil--facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions. Head of the garrison near Galilee, he has been assigned by Palestine's governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah's mistress, the governor's wife, secretly commissions Leah also to discover what really has become of this man whose death--and missing body--is causing such furor.

This epic drama is threaded with the tale of an unlikely romance and framed with dangers and betrayals from unexpected sources. At its core, The Centurion's Wife unfolds the testing of loyalties--between two young people whose inner searchings they cannot express, between their irreconcilable heritages, and ultimately between their humanity and the Divine they yearn to encounter.

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Meet the Authors

Davis Bunn

Davis Bunn is an internationally-acclaimed author who has sold more than four million books in fifteen languages. Honoured with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, he has written several bestsellers, including The Great Divide, Winner Take All, The Meeting Place, The Book of Hours, Drummer in the Dark, To the Ends of the Earth, and The Quilt. Davis is also the co-author of the Song of Acadia series with Janette Oke. A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Davis Bunn has been named Novelist in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

Janette Oke

Janette Oke was born in Champion, Alberta, Canada, during the depression years. She graduated from Mountain View Bible College in Alberta where she met her husband, Edward. They married in 1957 and served in churches in Calgary and Edmonton, Canada, and Indiana. Oke writes historical novels which portray the lives of early North American settlers from many walks of life and geographical settings. She also writes engaging children's stories and inspiring gift books that warm the heart. Oke published her first book, Love Comes Softly, in 1979. This book experienced immediate success and became a series. She has won a number of awards including the Gold Medallion Award, The Christy Award of Excellence, the 1992 Presidents 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. Her books have been translated into fourteen languages. Oke has published some 75 books including, The Canadian West, Seasons of the Heart and Women of the West. Her most recent releases include a beautiful childrens picture book, I Wonder...Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb and The Songs of Acadia series, co-written with T. Davis Bunn. - Publisher.

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Loved it!
5 stars By Emy Kay , Jul 10 2017
Author Janette Oke  Davis Bunn bring to life the immediate aftermath of the crucifixion of Jesus and the period up to Pentecost. They do so in a way that will never leave you bored or skipping over regurgitated accounts from the Bible like some biblical fiction tends to do but creatively constructs a narrative that transports you to the doubt, faith and expectation of the time. Alban was my favourite character, an honourable young man who was tender and honest towards his betrothed Leah, the female protagonist. I really appreciated this book for the creative way is was written and also for the way the blooming relationship was portrayed - true to Oke's style of subtle yet lovely courtship. Can;t wait to read the other two books in the series. 
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Tea with Pilate
3 stars By Amabel, Mar 24 2009
There are two things that need to be said about this novel. First of all, it is an agreeable and entertaining light read. If you like historical fiction and want something to relax with on a wet Sunday afternoon, then you will probably enjoy yourself with this story of Leah, a servant in the household of Pontius Pilate, and her unwanted arranged marriage to a Roman centurion (who turns out to be the one whose servant Jesus healed).

  The second point that has to be made is that the book is filled with some of the most egregious historical errors I have seen in a long time. It's blatantly obvious that neither author knows much about Roman civilisation, so if it is going to bother you that they don't know the difference between an auxiliary and a mercenary, that they think "coliseum" is a synonym for "amphitheatre" and (one that really grated on me) that superiors are addressed as "sire" and the imperial family referred to as the "royal family" when Romans had an almost pathological hang-up about the concept of kingship, perhaps you should give it a swerve. Otherwise, ignore the many mistakes and enjoy the story with a nice cup of tea, a beverage which seems to have found its way to ancient Israel via some mysterious trade route otherwise unknown to history, and which the characters in this novel drink in enormous quantity.
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  • Catalogue Code 326318
  • Product Code 9781441203571
  • ISBN 1441203575
  • EAN 9781441203571
  • Department General Books
  • Category Fiction
  • Sub-Category Romance
  • Publisher Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication Date Jan 2009
  • Sales Rank #6597
  • DRM Adobe
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