I don't feel right giving this book a star rating, as I ended up DNF'ing it. However, I did get to the 82% mark, so I feel that I can speak on what exactly made me quit reading. I would like to say that the first part of the novel, which follows our protagonist, Ana, as she grows up in her parents' home and navigates an arranged marriage and advances from Herod, was interesting. I enjoyed reading about how she felt oppressed and just wanted to become a scribe, not a wife. However, the entire premise being that she is Jesus's wife felt more like a marketing ploy to hook readers into the book rather than an actual important plot point. Jesus spent most of his time off the page and many times "appeared" only when Ana was lamenting being separated from him for one reason or another (Jesus works away from home a lot, one of them must run to Alexandria or risk being arrested, etc.). This isn't necessarily what I had a problem with. What really irked me was that Ana became more irritating as the story went on. Even when she realized she was being selfish asking other characters for things, she still did those things, and for some reason the other characters went along with Ana's requests, even when there wasn't a solid relationship built between the two. Everything was a little too convenient for Ana, even as she was dealing with hardships.

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