“Wonderful story! I am a huge fan of Biblical fiction regardless. If it's emotionally evocative and has scenes from the scriptures in it, I love it even more. This is probably Taylor's best book. I used to think it was Journey to the Well, but I think this book tops even that one. I love reading books about ancient Rome. Getting an up-close look at the Romans during that time is always fascinating to me. The emperors of the day were corrupt and self-serving. I can only imagine what being a woman during that time period would be like. Goodness, it would be a huge bummer to have no say in your life.
I appreciated how the author made Claudia and Lucius's story a love match. Yes, it was an arranged marriage, but they were both pleasantly surprised when they met. I loved how that all played out. There was a strong side to Pilate, and a side that was tender and loving. The sad part came when he saw himself as a defeated man. I felt bad for Claudia. She did what she could to support him as a loving wife should. The ending had a nice love twist to it. I appreciated that a lot, so the story didn't end on a sad note. I was happy for Claudia and her son.
Without posting a spoiler, I'll just tell you that a number of times this book brought tears to my eyes because some of the scenes were so well-written I forgot I was reading a book. I really, really loved it. ”