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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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    Sweet and romantic

    I love how romantic it is, for all of those of you who love romantic, sweet, and sad storyies, this is the book.

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    biologist

    it's useful.i like this kind of stories.it has great morals.i love reading this story several times.

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    GREAT BOOK

    This is an amazing book, clearly written, and very entertaining as well as informitive. I would recomend very highly to anyone looking for a great read.

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    Centurion's Wife

    As a fictional tale it was good and did keep my interest. As a historical story it was rather weak in that it only toyed with the main Jesus related characters along their traditionally held conceptions rather than give them a new breadth as research is revealing. One example is that Mary Magdalene and the woman caught in adultery were two different women.

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    Touching biblical novel

    I love biblical novels that take facts and weave them into a more detailed depiction of the story. This made me feel like I was there amongst the friends of Jesus.

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