In a time of turmoil, one woman will search for love and peace--and find it where she never expected.
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Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate by Diana Wallis Taylor
Tugged this way and that by fate's indifferent hand, Claudia's life is adrift--until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When they move to the troublesome territory of Judea, she does what she has always done: makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find hope in the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?
Let this epic story whisk you through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as you follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts, but whose story, as told by Diana Wallis Taylor, is one worthy of legend.
I quite enjoyed Claudia. It is good, well-researched historical fiction that opens an interesting window on a mysterious woman mentioned in the Bible. I always wondered what happened to Pontius Pilate's wife. Now I have a feel for what it might have been like. I enjoyed the Roman setting and the Jewish customs in the story and I loved the fact that it doesn't sugarcoat anything. It is a beautiful story, not at all gritty and with next to no graphic content and yet it's sort of bittersweet. Life is complicated, nobody's perfect, and happy endings don't always happen. Claudia is a lovely story nonetheless.
8 out of 10
Disclosure: Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.