Simply riveting: My review of "Claudia" by Diana Wallis Taylor

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about the book....

In a time of turmoil, one woman will search for love and peace--and find it where she never expected.

Tugged this way and that by fate's indifferent hand, Claudia's life is adrift--until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When they move to the troublesome territory of Judea, she does what she has always done: makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find hope in the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?

Let this epic story whisk you through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as you follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts, but whose story, as told by Diana Wallis Taylor, is one worthy of legend.

my review....

When I opened the cover of "Claudia", I was expecting to read a well-written book. I wasn't, however, expecting to read a book that held me so securely in its grasp from start to finish! Put quite simply, Diana Wallis Taylor has produced a riveting story imagining the details of the life of the wife of Pontius Pilate. To be honest, I've never given her life and her history a lot of thought. Yet, when I thought about why God chose to include her in the Bible, and the dream that he gave her that she shared with Pilate, I realized that she is a fascinating enigma. Taylor has done a fantastic job at staying true to the Biblical account and the facts of history to create a plausible scenario of just who Claudia might have been. I greatly enjoyed the wonderful characters Taylor has created, along with the horrible characters who populate Rome or Jerusalem as well! The author has succeeded at bringing history to life, with action-packed scenes and intrigue and drama galore! I have talked to many people who think that "Biblical fiction" is a genre they want to steer clear from, that such books are boring and predictable. I challenge such people to pick up "Claudia", and see if they are able to put the book down!

I highly recommend this historical fiction book, and heartily recommend it to readers who enjoy Biblical fiction, and also to those who normal don't. Not only does the story entertain, but it certainly gives a lot of food for thought as well! 5 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

 about the author....

Diana Wallis Taylor
Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well, Martha, and Mary Magdalene and lives in California. Find out more at