Friday, July 5, 2013
Diana Wallis Taylor
June 2013 Available now from your favorite bookseller!
Claudia’s life did not start easily. The illegitimate daughter of Julia, reviled and exiled daughter of Caesar Augustus, Claudia spends her childhood in a guarded villa with her mother and grandmother. When Tiberius, who hates Julia, takes the throne, Claudia is wrenched away from her mother to be brought up in the palace in Rome. The young woman is adrift–until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When Pilate is appointed Prefect of the troublesome territory of Judea, Claudia does what she has always done: she makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing on the outskirts of the Roman Empire, and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find peace and rest in the teaching of the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?
For some reason I have begun to really enjoy biblical fiction in the last year or so. I love how it helps make the Bible come alive. Pilate has long interested me and seeing his story through the eyes of his wife intrigued me. The book started out strong and easily kept my interest. The amount of history Taylor incorporates is very much appreciated. Little historical details made the book that much more fun to read. However, about half way through the book I found myself struggling to keep reading. The story of Jesus is not boring but somehow when he came on the scene in the book something was lacking. Perhaps it was just knowing how the story ended. Either way, I got interested again towards the end. Overall, it was a good read. I can't give it the highest rating because I did get bogged down. But I enjoyed it, loved hearing the story from a different perspective, and would recommend it.
My thanks to Revell Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.