The Centurion's Wife

The Centurion's Wife❮Reading❯ ➵ The Centurion's Wife ➭ Author Davis Bunn – Oaklandjobs.co.uk A sweeping first century Biblical saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity an unlikely romance buds in the midst of political chaos A sweeping first century Biblical saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity an unlikely romance buds in the midst of political The Centurion's eBook ã chaos. Hey, guysYou know what just happened to me I read a Christian Fiction Romance novel Voluntarily Of my own choice AND I LOVED IT TO LITTLE BITS AND PIECES As I think you all know by now, this is something that rarely, if ever, happens I don t usually like CFR In fact, I m sure a few of you have me labelled in your minds as Jessica who hates Christian Fiction Romance And until a few days ago, that label was completely accurate Butnot any Because this book is just s Hey, guysYou know what just happened to me I read a Christian Fiction Romance novel Voluntarily Of my own choice AND I LOVED IT TO LITTLE BITS AND PIECES As I think you all know by now, this is something that rarely, if ever, happens I don t usually like CFR In fact, I m sure a few of you have me labelled in your minds as Jessica who hates Christian Fiction Romance And until a few days ago, that label was completely accurate Butnot any Because this book is just sooooooooooooooooooooo good. Seriously, I loved almost everything about it, and that s saying something True, the writing style was a little choppy at times especially towards the beginning and the story took a bit of time to really get off the ground, as it were But by chapter 4, when we were introduced to our hero, Alban, and told that he s actually the centurion whose servant Jesus miraculously healed Matthew 8 5 13 , I was hooked Completely And things only got better from there You see, that centurion happens to be one of my very favorite characters in the entire Bible And the way he s imagined portrayed here as Alban, a Gaul who was forced to begin training as a soldier at age 12 and rose to the rank of Roman centurion by dint of sheer effort is absolutely BEAUTIFUL He s a fantastic heronot perfect, by any means, but good and decent and honest and incredibly caring, in spite of the rough life he s led And besides that, his bond with the young servant boy, Jacob, is completely adorable Cuteness personified I loved Alban Basically, from the first moment he stepped onto the page, I was rooting for him SO HARD Now, as for the heroine Leah, the Roman Jewish girl betrothed to Alban I must admit, it took me a long time to really warm up to her I didn t DISLIKE her, but for a long time I couldn t understand her very well because the authors withheld crucial information about her back story until quite late in the book Too late, in my opinion I get that they wanted to reveal the true facts at a dramatic moment, and all that and it WAS quite dramatic but seriously, this was information that we needed to know in order to understand the character properly Without that piece of her backstory, many of Leah s actions and feelings came across as highly irrational and since it was clear that the authors intended her to be a very sensible, practical, down to earth character, that discrepancy really bothered me until it was explained After they explained it, though, I really, really loved Leah she d been through SO MUCH in her young life, and yet still chose to remain strong And it was a conscious choice, believe me She had a perfect excuse for simply giving up and there were moments when she certainly wanted to but she never did Plus, she was unfailingly thoughtful and caring and responsible, even toward those who really couldn t give her anything in return Way to go, Leah The romance between herself and Alban is quite possibly the sweetest I ve read in a long, long, looooooooooooooooong time They re just so PERFECT for each other that I can hardly handle it Honestly, after seeing the gentle, patient way that Alban worked to break down Leah s mistrust and fear of him well, of men in general, I should say I was absolutely melting ALBAN CAN I HUG YOU PLEASE Alsojust as a matter of interestany of you guys know where I can find me a man like that And you know what s really incredible They managed to be that cute and adorable with literally zero kissing included AND zero stupid arguments and awkward reconciliations SOMEBODY HELP ME COLLECT MY JAW FROM THE FLOOR WHERE IT FELL You know I don t mind kissing in a romance novel but I think you ll all agree with me that it can definitely be overdone So to have a CFR story without thatlet s just say it was, well, refreshing Besides the characters and the romance which was obviously amazing I really, truly loved the religious aspect of the story Reading this book, I almost felt that, like Alban and Leah, I was discovering the marvellous truth about Jesus life, death, and resurrection for the very first time AND IT MADE ME SO HAPPY Because, to be honest, don t we all take that stuff for granted sometimes I know I do, anyway Sometimes, I really do need to be reminded how blessed I am to have a Savior like Jesus how He became human for my sake and sufferedthan anyone else ever has or ever will, just to give me and all those who follow Him eternal life He really does love me that much And this book made me feel that all over again Which was pretty awesome My only major complaint with this book besides what I already mentioned about the late reveal of Leah s backstory were certain Biblical inaccuracies which kind of bothered me First, Pilate s wife you know, the lady who had a dream about Jesus is included as a character in the novel and I really objected to the way she was portrayed She was cruel, manipulative, deceitful, and basically unlikable over, she was only interested in Jesus and the possiblity of His resurrection because she saw him as a threat to her husband, Pilate Now, I know she s only in the Bible for what like, one verse but I seriously didn t get that impression of her And I see no reason for the authors to imagine her as such a very unpleasant person when we have no proof whatsoever that she WAS that way Second, the book stated that Alban the centurion never actually spoke to Jesus face to face, not even when He was healing the servant boy according to the authors, Alban only sent messengers to talk to Jesus, rather than meeting Him in person I AM NOT BUYING THIS STORY Matthew s Gospel account specifically says that they met face to face, and, again, I see no reason to change that So yeah, I wasn t happy with that part of it But everything else about this book GOLD Absolute gold Go and find yourself a copy and read it You won t be disappointed The youngest daughter of a Roman man and a Romanized Jewish woman, Leah is now orphaned and penniless She is hired as a maidservant by Claudia Procula, a friend of her deceased mother When Claudia s husband, Pontius Pilate, is sent by the Emperor to be governor of Judaea, Leah has no choice but to sail with the family she serves.Leah doesn t feel fully at home among Romans, but she has nothing in common with her other people, the Jews, whom she has had little exposure to before now She doesn The youngest daughter of a Roman man and a Romanized Jewish woman, Leah is now orphaned and penniless She is hired as a maidservant by Claudia Procula, a friend of her deceased mother When Claudia s husband, Pontius Pilate, is sent by the Emperor to be governor of Judaea, Leah has no choice but to sail with the family she serves.Leah doesn t feel fully at home among Romans, but she has nothing in common with her other people, the Jews, whom she has had little exposure to before now She doesn t understand their religious fervor, or their ever simmering hatred and disgust for the Romans This Passover has been evenfractious than usual, culminating in the execution of an itinerant preacher with a restless following All Leah knows about the dead man, Yeshua of Nazareth, is that He haunts Claudia s nightmares.But as turbulent days rush by and bizarre rumors sweep Jerusalem, Claudia pays Leah to infiltrate Yeshua s followers and learn as much about Him as she can.Leah must get these Galilean hillbillies to trust her while evading another detective, the centurion Alban, hired by her employer s husband Pilate has betrothed Leah to Alban, without seeking the girl s permission, on the condition that the soldier discover the missing corpse of Yeshua, proving that He died and saving Pilate s administration a lot of embarrassment Alban is young, brave, handsome, and kind, so Leah just knows he s hiding something No content advisory needed This is one of the cleanest adult books I ve ever read It is fine for young teens.Bunn and Oke write as a surehanded unit The pacing is fluid and the fictional characters are mostly a likeable crew, especially Alban, his servant boy Jacob, and his army buddy Linux, both of whom will have major roles in the two later installments Leah is something of both a misanthrope and misandrist, but once we learn how she got that way she s easy to sympathize with The Biblical characters are sketched with much less detail, except for Claudia As my friend Katie noted in her review, this Claudia comes across as manipulative, and afraid of Jesus rather than fascinated by Him This is quite different from how she comes across during her brief appearance in Scripture, or how she s been portrayed in works such as The Passion of the Christ.The romance that blooms between our two sleuths is sweet and slow and filled with empathy.I took off two stars for the two major problems I have with the series The first one continues throughout, and I ll discuss it when I review The Damascus Way.The other is a fleeting line, almost too petty to mention, that occurs halfway through the bookThe scene Leah has been befriended by Mary Magdalene who is given very little development in this book and disappears by the second book Our heroine is distressed one day and runs to the Disciples neighborhood, and is greeted by a gaggle of Christian girls her age and younger They ask her whom she seems and she, panting after running across the city, can just get out the word Mary We have several Marys, says one of the girls There s Mary Magdalene, Mary of Bethany , Mary the Mother of our Lord Then one of her friends cuts in, Don t be silly Why would she want to talk to His mother Yeah, who d want to talk to her I mean, Luke did, the third Gospel writer and Dear and Glorious Physician himself, but he s like, I don t know, a saint or something In all seriousness though It makes no sense that these young women, who were friends of Jesus while He lived, would disrespect His mother She was the kindest and most supportive of women, and probably many there loved her as much as their own moms.This whole episode had no reason to exist, was probably out of character, and as a Catholic I found it to be in poor taste.iAnyway, that part bugged me but it was not enough to ruin the book Coming soon,The Hidden FlameThere s a theory that Mary, sister of Martha and Lazarus, and Mary Magdalene are the same person I am not a fan of Biblical fiction Mainly because I feel people tend to fantasize a little too much when it comes to certain things in the Bible But this book This book It astounds me every time I read it And it is a perfect book to read for this Easter weekend What I appreciate is that the real people in this story, spoken of in the Bible, seem very real They don t add things to their characters that are unbelievable For instance, when Cleophas is telling Leah of meeting Jesus on the I am not a fan of Biblical fiction Mainly because I feel people tend to fantasize a little too much when it comes to certain things in the Bible But this book This book It astounds me every time I read it And it is a perfect book to read for this Easter weekend What I appreciate is that the real people in this story, spoken of in the Bible, seem very real They don t add things to their characters that are unbelievable For instance, when Cleophas is telling Leah of meeting Jesus on the rode to Emmaus, he mentions the other with himbut the authors didn t focus on that other person Lazarus raising from the dead is spoken of, but what happened while he WAS dead isn t elaborated on All the true accounts in this book are accurate to the Bible Of course, there is a lot of fiction For instance, Alban depicts the centurion in the Bible who Jesus praised his great faith which of anyone in the story, his story was the most far fetched, and could be debated Many of the woman Mary Magdalene and Martha speak with Leah, but the authors never go into depth of their background, except what the Bible speaks of.So the story itself Amazing The characters Amazing The End So sweet I love all the historical events mentioned Pontius Pilate and Herod s characters are very fascinating Everything with the Parithians and the betrothal between Alban and Leah gives you a great insight into the times.Especially sweet and amazing is Leah and Alban s change in their attitudes At the beginning they do not believe in Jesus or have any wish to But as they search at first not for their own benefit they find what they needed all along Jesus forgiveness I will say that the title of the book is a little misleading Leah isn t a wife in betrothal terms until halfway through the book Also, there are a lot of descriptions, but I loved all the details from the baths in Rome, the temple, the disciples dwelling place, the tomb, and so on and on.I m going to end this review with words from Martha which she spoke to Leah, speaking of JesusHis every instant was meant to bring eternity into the moment and hope to this fallen world The death of my brother, our time of broken mourning, our loss of hope It was Martha s turn to stop and struggle with her emotions Then she said, He did this not only for us, but for everyone who witnessed that day And for those like you who hear of it He did this to show that even in the darkest hour, when there is no reason to go forward, no possibility, of a better tomorrow, he is there to comfort to guide to heal He brings with him the gift of hope Impossible, glorious, joyful hope I love the idea of a book being written about non Christians finding Christ during the period of Jesus death, resurrection and ascension without ever actually meeting Jesus Here we have Leah and Alban who are separately trying to find out what actually happened to the man named Jesus body when it was stolen from the tomb and if his followers are a threat to Rome We follow them separately on their journeys for truth knowing that they have been promised to wed each other after the truth is f I love the idea of a book being written about non Christians finding Christ during the period of Jesus death, resurrection and ascension without ever actually meeting Jesus Here we have Leah and Alban who are separately trying to find out what actually happened to the man named Jesus body when it was stolen from the tomb and if his followers are a threat to Rome We follow them separately on their journeys for truth knowing that they have been promised to wed each other after the truth is found Leah is not happy about this and Alban initially just sees Leah as a means to a higher status in life Can they find the truth before those seeking to hide it get them out of the way What will the truth mean to them Can a life without love really be worth living The Centurion s Wife answers all of this and muchin a beautiful story and a fantastic setting I really enjoyed this book and fans of historical fiction especially like Francine River s Mark of the Lion series will love this book Note I listened to this on audio.I don t read a lot of fiction set in biblical times now that I think of it, I m not sure I ve ever read fiction set in biblical times unless listening to Adventures in Odyssey counts , but I enjoyed this book from beginning to end It was sweet, perfectly clean, and it kept me involved enough that even when I had technical difficulties that put the audiobook chapters out of order and I had to fix them and start the whole over again, I didn t mind I just real Note I listened to this on audio.I don t read a lot of fiction set in biblical times now that I think of it, I m not sure I ve ever read fiction set in biblical times unless listening to Adventures in Odyssey counts , but I enjoyed this book from beginning to end It was sweet, perfectly clean, and it kept me involved enough that even when I had technical difficulties that put the audiobook chapters out of order and I had to fix them and start the whole over again, I didn t mind I just really wanted to know what would happen, and I am interested in checking out the other two books in the Acts of Faith series.5 stars ANOTHER DNF, DARN IT That makes the what Third Fourth in a row I give up Biblical fiction clearly isn t for me I just couldn t with this book Couldn t get into it, couldn t like the characters, couldn t stay awake It s not bad , it s just clearly not my thing Which saddens me because the premise sounded really interesting and I loved the setting Oh, well HOPEFULLY BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME 4.5 stars.This is a moving story of a girl who is afraid of marriage and is betrothed against her will to a Roman centurion on the make Alban requests Leah s hand even though he has not met her because she is Pilate s niece and he wishes to further his career She dreads the idea of marrying him This is essentially a love story but so muchJesus has just been crucified and both Leah and Alban are charged separately with finding out the truth about has happened to his body The biblic 4.5 stars.This is a moving story of a girl who is afraid of marriage and is betrothed against her will to a Roman centurion on the make Alban requests Leah s hand even though he has not met her because she is Pilate s niece and he wishes to further his career She dreads the idea of marrying him This is essentially a love story but so muchJesus has just been crucified and both Leah and Alban are charged separately with finding out the truth about has happened to his body The biblical story is weaved seamlessly into this work of fiction and minor biblical character pop up unexpectedly This is very well done and I m glad I read it 3.5 stars This was quite an enjoyable read, and I finished it pretty fast I think the best part of this story was reading about how both Alban and Aleah, in their own seperate ways, came to find Jesus It was super cool to read about their journey to faith, and near the end of the book, I was completely reeled in I thought this book was going to be a very boring typical retelling of the ressurection, but it wasn t like that at all, although the beginning did lag However once Alban and Leah b 3.5 stars This was quite an enjoyable read, and I finished it pretty fast I think the best part of this story was reading about how both Alban and Aleah, in their own seperate ways, came to find Jesus It was super cool to read about their journey to faith, and near the end of the book, I was completely reeled in I thought this book was going to be a very boring typical retelling of the ressurection, but it wasn t like that at all, although the beginning did lag However once Alban and Leah began searching for answers, everything picked up However, the one thing that didn t really make this book all that great was the romance The problem wasn t necessarily with the characters, seeing as individuals, they were pretty great Especially Alban, who s the most honourable guy ever But I felt that the romance wasn t really well developed, as near the end of the book, Alban was confessing his love to Leah when they had legitimately only talked like two to three times There was just a total disconnect for me, and I don t think their relationship was fleshed out enough I mean when view spoiler they married, I was happy, but I wasn t over the moon ecstatic Their relationship was just meh hide spoiler For me, what really made this book great was the plot and the search for the truth That, combined with the expert weaving of biblical stories and people made the book a good read Amazing Biblical fiction Best ever Read review here Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews Amazing Biblical fiction Best ever Read review here Kellyn Roth, Reveries Reviews There were lots of things I didn t love, but some of the spiritual passages in the latter half of the book were really encouraging and meaningful for me, so five stars it is.

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  • The Centurion's Wife
  • Davis Bunn
  • 09 March 2019
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