Monthly Giveaway: The Centurion's Wife by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn

To start off this blog, we'd like to host the first of our monthly giveaways! This month we are giving away the book "The Centurion's Wife" by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn!

A sweeping saga of the dramatic events
surrounding the birth of Christianity...

And the very personal story of Leah,
compelled into a betrothal she never wanted,
drawn by a faith she never expected...

When her family's wealth and power are lost forever, Leah is sent to Pontius Pilate in hopes that he might arrange a strategic marriage. But despite her betrothed's striking countenance and position, Leah deems life as a centurion's wife a fate worse than death.

Head of a garrison near Galilee, Alban has ambitions that could one day see him at the seat of power - in Rome itself. Eager to prove himself, he takes on the assignment of a lifetime, one that will put his career, his beliefs, and his very life at risk.

But when the death - and missing body - of an obscure rabbi compel Leah and Alban to search for answers, what they discover changes everything.


Romance Rating: 5 stars
Violence Rating: 5 stars
Fear/Horror Rating: 5 stars
Overall Impression: 4 stars

If you were ever curious as to what it must have been like during the days immediately following Christ’s death and resurrection – what kind of confusion, doubt, and uncertainty must have been felt by the many people who witnessed the death and then saw the empty tomb – this is just the book you’ve been looking for!

I was swept up in Leah’s story from page one, and thoroughly enjoyed traveling with Leah and Alban, her betrothed, as they each tried to discover what had happened to the Teacher’s body after His crucifixion and burial. The book was well-researched and extremely well-written; I felt like I personally knew the characters by the close of the book. I was with Leah as she struggled in her confusion at her betrothal and her new found faith, and I felt Alban’s emotional pain from his younger years and his spiritual freedom when he realized that Jesus was the Messiah.

The romance in this book was very minimal, which was a nice change of pace. The romance that was in it was practical – Leah had to learn to respect Alban as her future husband, even if she didn’t want to marry him. And in doing so, she truly fell in love with him. A very sweet love story, if you ask me.

So, while at times the details given in the book were a bit lengthy, this book was very entertaining and informative. When I read the last sentence and closed the book, I felt content to leave Leah and Alban as they explored their new life together as believers. This is definitely the kind of book with a story and spiritual lessons that will stay with you long after you have finished reading the last page.

Giveaway Rules:You must leave a comment including your e-mail address so that we can contact you if you're the winner. USA only, please. This giveaway begins today and ends in two weeks on the 22nd of September. The winner will be randomly chosen and announced on the 23rd. This winner will be notified by their e-mail address as well as on this blog. If the winner doesn't respond within 5 days, we will have to pick another. Enjoy and good luck!

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The book being given away has been read for reviewing purposes but is still in perfect, like-new condition. There are no bends on the cover or pages, or marks in/on the book.


Stina Rose said...

Carmen sent me, and I'm so glad. I love the looks of this blog. Well done! Please enter me in the giveaway. I'm a follower of this blog.


scrapbookangel said...

Janette Oke is one of my favorite authors. So glad Carmen sent me. Please enter me in the giveaway. I am now a follower of this blog.


Giveaway Roundup said...

Carmen sent me also! Please enter me in the giveaway. I am a new follower for +1. Thank you.

Patsy said...

Just by looking at the authors I know this book will be good. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy. Carman sent me.

karenk said...

thanks for the chance to read this wonderful historical novel...

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Katie Bensch said...

This book looks really good! I would love to be entered in the giveaway! Thank you!

Amber S. said...

Great review! I enjoy Janette Oke's writing, and this looks like an interesting book. :) I would appreciate a chance to win it!

+1 I became a follower. Love the blog layout--very nice!



Ariel said...

Sounds great! I love the sound of the story :)

I am now a follower.

I am now a e-mail subscriber.


Anonymous said...

Hi Katy and Kait!! I'm a follower of the blog and I subscribed to it, so I think that's (+3) cuz I'm leaving a comment, too!! I've never read much of jannette oak cuz I'm not too into romances, but this one looks cool! And hey, it's free!! Good luck with ur reviews!! =)

Katrina said...

It sounds like a great read. THanks for the chance.

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Shonda said...

I'm interested in this book.

Shonda said...

I'm a follower. Carman sent me.

tabbylewis said...

Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like it will be good.

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I'm a follower via GFC.

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Steph said...

I have been interested in this book for quite some time now. Looks like a good one! FYI: I'm a follower. And that's all. :)

Renee Ann said...
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Renee Ann said...

I am so glad I found your blog. I love it! Please enter me in the book giveaway . . . . . .

amber said...

the book looks good!! carman sent me :-)

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amber said...

i just subscribed to your blog as well.

amber said...

and i'm following it too :-)

Anonymous said...
i love janette oke's books , but i have never read this particular book!

Anonymous said...
I follow via gfc

Joanne Sher said...

This looks awesome. PLEASE enter me!

Amanda Stephan said...

Oooh, pick me please! This sounds absolutely wonderful! Thanks for the opportunity to win. Even if I'm not the lucky winner, going to request it for Christmas.
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ps - I'm now a follower and I posted your button on my website: Plus~ I tweeted about the giveaway 9 15 10

Mozi Esme said...

This looks like the kind of book I'd love!

We posted about this giveaway at Winning Readings:

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Sandee61 said...

I've enjoyed many books by Janette Oke and Davis Bunn, and would love to read The Centurion's Wife. Thank you for a chance at winning it.

I'm a new email subscriber.



Carmen7351 said...

I've never read a Davis Bunn novel and a LONG time since I've read Jeanette Oke. This sounds great! Please enter me.
Thank you.
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Inspired Kathy said...

Please enter me. bkhabel at gmail dot com

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Benita said...

I came from Winning readings. I'm so happy to have found your blog. I'd love to be entered to win this book.


Benita said...

I've just become an email subscriber.


Benita said...

And I'm a new follower on GFC #20.


Bakersdozen said...

I am so interested in this book. I also love the cover. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

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I subscribed to your email list. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

Briar Ridge Farmhouse said...

Wonderful! I'm so glad to have found your blog! I'm a new follower, grabbed your button, signed up for email feeds, and I'm adding this giveaway to the sidebar of my blog as well.

arceli said...

Sounds like a good book! Thanks for the chance to win it.


Carol M said...

This sounds good! Please enter me. Thank you!
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I follow by GFC
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I Subscribe to this blog's feed
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I subscribe by email
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TiffsPixieDust said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win this!

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I subscribe by RSS in my feed reader - FeedDemon.
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hendy said...

Thanks for the giveaway, this book looks great.
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LAMusing said...

Count me in please

Norma said...

Sounds really interesting!

Jenna Wood said...

I'd absolutely love to read this, it sounds completely engrossing!

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Tara said...

Janette Oke has been one of my favorites since the "Love Comes Softly" series way back when! I would love the chance to read this book!

TaraTagli at gmail dot com

MommyWantsToRead said...

I would love to be entered for this. Thank you!

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I am a new GFC follower

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allisonsbj3 said...

Thanks for this giveaway!


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Carole Spring said...

I enjoyed reading your review and now I really want to read The Centurion's Wife. Thank you for the giveaway.

Renee said...

Janette Oke is one of my mom's favorite authors, so I would love to win this for her to read.

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Sheri said...

So glad I was directed to this site. I am going to become a follower of this blog. Thanks for entering me in your giveaway.

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Tressa said...

Looks like a great read. Email: & I also follow your blog.

Gale said...

I've been curious about this book! Read Janette Oke's Canadian West and Love Come Softly series a long time ago.

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Ashley said...

I would love to read this.

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barbjan10 said...

What an enticing giveaway - I hope I'm not to late to join the contest. I enjoy reading about women in the Bible as well as the time period after Christ's death and resurrection. Thanks for this giveaway and the chance to win this book. I hope I do!

Sharing God's Love,
Barb Shelton
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barbjan10 said...

I am a follower through GFC.

I've enjoyed all of Janette' Oke's books. One of my longtime favorite authors.

Barb Shelton
barbjan10 at tx dot rr dot com

barbjan10 said...

I am a subscriber.

Barb Shelton
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barbjan10 said...

I have posted this giveaway on Twitter.

Barb Shelton
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barbjan10 said...

I have posted this giveaway on my blog.

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barbjan10 said...

I am an email subscriber to this blog.

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