Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Centurion's Wife by Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Centurion's Wife

Bethany House Publishers (January 1, 2009)


Davis Bunn and Janette Oke

Davis Bunn is an internationally acclaimed author who has sold more than six million books in fifteen languages. His audiences span reading genres from high drama and action thrillers to heartwarming relationship stories, in both contemporary and historical settings.

Honored with three Christy Awards for excellence in historical and suspense fiction, his bestsellers include My Soul To Keep, and Full Circle. A sought-after lecturer in the art of writing, Bunn was named Novelist in Residence at Regent's Park College, Oxford University.

He and his wife, Isabella, make their home in Florida for some of each year, and spend the rest near Oxford, England, where they each teach and write.

Her first novel, a prairie love story titled Love Comes Softly, was published by Bethany House in 1979. This book was followed by more than 75 others.

After Love Comes Softly was published, Oke found her readers asking for more. That book led to a series of eight others in her Love Comes Softly series. She has written multiple fiction series, including The Canadian West, Seasons of the Heart and Women of the West. Her most recent releases include a beautiful children's picture book, I Wonder...Did Jesus Have a Pet Lamb and The Song of Acadia series, co-written with T. Davis Bunn.

Janette Oke's warm writing style has won the hearts of millions of readers. She has received numerous awards, including the Gold Medallion Award, The Christy Award of Excellence, the 1992 President's Award for her significant contribution to the category of Christian fiction from the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association, and in 1999 the Life Impact Award from the Christian Booksellers Association International. Beloved worldwide, her books have been translated into fourteen languages.

She and her husband live nearby in Alberta, Canada.


Janette Oke has dreamed for years of retelling a story in a biblical time frame from a female protagonist's perspective, and Davis Bunn is elated to be working with her again on this sweeping saga of the dramatic events surrounding the birth of Christianity...and the very personal story of Leah, a young Jewess of mixed heritage trapped in a vortex of competing political agendas and private trauma.

Caught up in the maelstrom following the death of an obscure rabbi in the Roman backwater of first-century Palestine, Leah finds herself also engulfed in her own turmoil--facing the prospect of an arranged marriage to a Roman soldier, Alban, who seems to care for nothing but his own ambitions.

Head of the garrison near Galilee, he has been assigned by Palestine's governor to ferret out the truth behind rumors of a political execution gone awry. Leah's mistress, the governor's wife, secretly commissions Leah also to discover what really has become of this man whose death--and missing body--is causing such furor.

This epic drama is threaded with the tale of an unlikely romance and framed with dangers and betrayals from unexpected sources. At its core, the story unfolds the testing of loyalties--between two young people whose inner searchings they cannot express, between their irreconcilable heritages, and ultimately between their humanity and the Divine they yearn to encounter.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Centurion's Wife, go HERE

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Davis Bunn and Janette Oke can be reached thru the contact links on their websites.

Come and visit with some of those posting for this tour:

Abi at lighter side
Adam at Northwoods Blumer
Amy at Simple Folk Schoolhouse
Amy at My Life
Andie at Radiant Light
Andrea at Ask Andrea
Andrea at The Laughs Will Go On
April at Projecting A
Barbara at Victoria Hill Farm
Becky at Savvy Mom
Bonnie at Bonnie Writes
Brandi at Lone Star Latte-n-Libre
Caleb at Reviews Plus+
Camy at Camy Tang
Carol at Blogging With Carol
Christy at Christy's Book Blog
Christy at My Life in Words…Books…
Dave at The Plot Thickens
Dave at Novel Spotlight
Deanna at Deannna's Corner
Deborah at books, movies and chinese food
Deborah at Comfort Joy Designs
Debra at Soul Reflections
Deena at A Peek At My Bookshelf
Delia at Gatorskunkz And Mudcats
Edyth at Great Reads by Jasmine
Gina at Upon Reflection
Gina at Portrait Of A Writer
Gretchen at Inspire Me
Heidi at Reviews By Heidi
Janis at The Nearsighted Bookworm
Janna at Cornhusker Academy
Jendi at Jendi's Journal
Jennifer at So Many Books…So Little Time
Jennifer at Quiverfull Family Blog
Jenny at Come Meet AusJenny
Jill at Christian Work At Home Moms
Jill at Artistic Blogger
Kara at Ramblings-n-Writings
Kate at A Simple Walk
Katie at Christian Novels
Kelly at A Disciple's Steps
Kim at Window To My World
Kristi at Stamped With Grace
Kristinia at Loving Heart Mommy
Laura at Laura William's Musings
Leah at Ponderings From My Heart
Leslie at A Little Bit Of Sunlight
Linda at Mocha With Linda
Linda at Reading For His Glory
Lisa at Musings
Lori at Noggin Bits
Lynetta at Open Book
Marjorie at The Writer's Tool
Melissa at Bibliophile's Retreat
Michelle at Edgy Inspirational Author
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Pam at Pam's Private Reflections
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Peg at Sips 'n Cups Cafeteria
Pepper at Great Christian Fiction
Ruth at Booktalk & more...
Ryan at loves to read
Sabrina at Hijinks From The Heartland
Sally at Welcome To Sally Bradley.com
Shelley at Ink Scrawls
Shera at Froggy Reviews
Stephanie at Olive Tree
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Pam said...

Scheduled to post in the morning with a review.

April Erwin said...

Scheduled to post in am.

Rulan said...

Posted and pinged.

Jennifer @ Quiverfull Family said...


Anonymous said...

I haven't received this book yet, but I posted about it here:


Deborah @ Comfort Joy Designs

L. Diane Wolfe said...

It's posted!

Nora St. Laurent said...


Adam Blumer said...

Posted and pinged with a review. This was a good, wholesome novel without any questionable content. A very good read!

Kim said...

Posted with a review. Pinged.

Window To My World

Gretchen Geyer said...

Scheduled to post in the AM.

Deborah said...

mine's up with my review

Sunny said...

scheduled for Friday morning, no review yet

AndieJ said...

Mine's up with review! Loved, loved,loved this!

loves to read said...

Posted with review :)

Andrea said...

Mine's up!!

Christy Lockstein said...

I'm up with review.

Jill said...

My post is up at Artistic Blogger.


Jendi said...

Posted a short review and book link.

Deanna said...

Will post first thing in the morning. With Davis Bunn and Janette Oke... can you get any better combination than that?

Mocha with Linda said...

Mine will post at midnight tonight with a review.

Susan Stitch said...

Posted with review at hismorningglory.blogspot.com

Leslie said...

Post and review at A Little Bit of Sunlight

Ausjenny said...

published and pinged

ForstRose said...

Post goes up in the morning with a link to my review.

Lynetta said...

Posted and reviewed. Great book!

Peg said...

Scheduled for Friday AM with review.

Sips 'n Cups Cafe

Ruth said...


Sally Bradley said...

My review is up

Nessa said...


Margie Vawter said...

Posted with a review.

Andrea Graham said...

Posted at Ask Andrea.

If my scam of a webhost ever lets it back up.

stampedwithgrace said...

posted and pinged :)

Jasmine said...

Posted. Review to follow soon!

Pepper Basham said...

posted - can't wait to finish reading it

Janna said...

I posted with a review and also added my review to amazon, cbd, b&n, goodreads and shelfari (I've got to remember to do that more often)

Latte-n-Libre said...

posted and pinged. I gave a partial review because I have been sick. Can't wait to finish the book now that my head and chest are starting to clear.