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Pilate's Wife by Antoinette May
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Jul 20, 2007

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Recommended for: fans of the tv show "Rome"

It's true, I love Italian historical fiction. This book did much to indulge that love. Readers follow Claudia Procula as she matures from a safe childhood with her parents, who were Roman gentry, into an adulthood of religious devotion, romantic intrigue, and prophetic dreams. Claudia is a flawed character, but she serves as an excellent narrator for the time period. She gives us a unique perspective of the man famous for slaying Jesus Christ, the woman who was rumored to be Jesus's lover, and Jesus himself.

While it was a bit romancey and effusive in spots, I was impressed with the level of research that must have gone into the book. I enjoyed that the author took a tiny portion of the Bible and turned it into a rather good novel that took place all across the Roman empire. The descriptions of the cities Caludia visited in her lifetime and the people she met were well done and the violence of the Roman culture was also well crafted. Overall, I was impressed.

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