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The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn
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Dec 16, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: bible-based-fiction, historical-fiction, early-church, romance
Read from November 30 to December 16, 2011

I had a difficult time getting into this novel, not that the setting is uninteresting. For some reason, the characters felt a bit flat and lifeless, at least to begin with. A better delving into their backgrounds might have helped me to gain sympathy with and interest in the characters. Both main characters, Leah and Alban, go on missions for Pilate and his wife to find out more about the "dead prophet," Jesus, and if His followers pose a threat to the Roman empire, but both Leah and Alban seem rather uninterested in their missions. There is some history and are some details about life back then that should sound intriguing, but for some reason come out sounding somewhat dry, instead of feeling like I was back in time with them, or maybe it was the mood I was in. As time went on, things got a little more riveting as the characters became interested in Jesus. I was glad there was not too much romance, though it did end up more-so in that vein. One thing I didn't like was that the centurion's "faith" that Jesus said was great seemed to be relegated to a simple faith of an unsaved man, probably done merely for the effect of the journey. Overall it was pretty well-done, but not my favorite.

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