In Review: When I opened the seal of the envelope containing this book, I knew that it was going to be wonderful just because of the two author names on the cover. Davis Bunn and Janette Oke. Front the very first page, I was drawn in and my earliest suspicions were confirmed. Amazing!
In AD 33 in Caesarea Judea Province, Pontius Pilate cuts a deal with ambitious Centurion Alban, commander of the garrison near Galilee. Part of the arrangement is to have Alban marry his Jewess niece, Leah. More a servant than a relative as her uncle hides their blood connection since her father disgraced the family name, Leah does not want to wed someone she has never met.
Angry, hurt and desperate, Leah asks her mistress, Pilate’s wife Mistress Procula for help in preventing the deal. However, Procula has her own issues as she cannot sleep having recently suffered from nightmares because of Jesus of Nazareth. Procula sends Leah undercover amidst Jesus’ disciples to learn what they and others plan as a recent assassination of a rabbi has caused open anger among the Jews. However, as she befriends Mary Magdalene and the others Leah begins to believe that there can be peace and hope on earth. However, she feels she is caught between a rock and a hard place because she will betray either her mistress or her friends. Adding to all her doubts is the fact that she knows someone plans to kill Alban.
This first book in the Acts of Faith series is an ancient biblical historical tale that brings Judea to life at a time when Jesus is crucified and resurrected. The exciting insightful story line focuses on Leah who learns to love and believe while she and her intended try to prevent an armed revolt that will leave many dead. Biblical fiction fans will relish this deep look at first century Judea as a time when religion, politics, and the military converge like no other time since.I HIGHLY recommend this book! 5 cups of coffee!!