The Hidden Flame is set in Jerusalem during the years immediately following the crucifixion of Jesus. The authors skillfully weave together the lives and perspectives of the early Christians, the Jews, and Roman soldiers.
Abigail is a new Christian who is a part of the rapidly growing “Followers of the Way.” Two men want to marry her, one a Jew and one a Roman, but her desire is to remain faithful to her faith which is not shared by either man. As her story plays out, the reader lives through the stories from the Book of Acts—the martyrdom of Stephen, the deceit of Aquila and Sapphira and the persecution of Christians by both the Romans and the religious establishment.
As usual, the Davis Bunn and Janette Oke team did not disappoint me. The novel brought Bible characters to life in a very realistic way in a story of love, devotion, and drama.
I received a free review copy of this book from Bethany House. All opinions expressed are my own.