June 29th, 2013. Filed under: This & That.



By Diana Wallis Taylor

Combining impeccable research and a flair for drama and romance, Diana Wallis Taylor invites readers to experience marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces and idyllic Italian villas.   In Claudia, a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts, Taylor brings to life in a tale worthy of a legend.

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?


Claudia is barely mentioned in the Bible, but Diana Wallis Taylor has woven a rich life for the wife of Pontius Pilate.

It was easy to become enmeshed in her life. It was also a lesson in history. The research must have been intensive to provide us such a look into Roman life during and after the life of Jesus.

There’s also a fresh look into the role of Pilate in the death of our Messiah.

This story held me until the end. I’m ready for more of this author’s books

***A special thank you to Donna Hausler for providing a review copy.***

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

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Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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