The Centurion’s Wife (Acts of Faith, Book 1) by Janette Oke and David Bunn
I’ve read several of Oke/Bunn’s novels and this one caught my eye as it’s in the same genre as my book, Deo Volente! (God Willing): Love in the first century. As a history buff and a Christians I started writing asking the question “what would it have been like to live in the first century among Jesus’ early followers and builders of the first churches?” “The Centurion’s Wife” does just that. I takes you to the time right after that Easter Sunday morning as Pontius Pilot and his wife Procula each send “spies” to investigate the death and mysterious disappearance of “the prophet” and to find out if the Jews are planning a revolt. Pilot’s spy is Alban, the centurion who is betrothed to Procula’s spy, Leah. Each mix and mingle with Jesus’ followers and dutifully report back to their respective masters. The title is a bit of misnomer since Leah is really the centurion’s betrothed not his wife. This is a first in a trilogy. I will read the others.