Title: A Stray Drop of Blood
Auithor: Roseanna M. White
Publication Date: 2005, 2009
My rating: 4.5/5
I love biblical fiction and Roseanna's book brings the time period of Christ to life. Roseanna's characters are so hauntingly real that you find yourself considering their predicaments long after you put the book down for the night. They are also complex. I found myself struggling with conflicting emotions towards each character as their actions were portrayed throughout the novel. There are no "stock" characters here.
Roseanna writes an honest portrait of history during the time of Christ. She neither sanitizes the characters and situations, nor does she glorify sin. In recent years I believe we have also seen the "feminizing" of history as it is rewritten to suit our preconceived notions. That is not the case in A Stray Drop of Blood. The treatment of women and slaves during the time of Christ is realistic. A Stray Drop of Blood richly contrasts the cultures of Rome and Jerusalem.
As a research nut, it was clear Roseanna has tirelessly examined every detail of the novel. Roseanna provides a companion guide to the novel on her website. Roseanna's book is such a quick page-turner, I found I was not ready to put it down when I finished.
At the end of reading A Stray Drop of Blood I contemplated the power of the blood of Christ in my own life. Roseanna captures the struggle between spirit and flesh when two of the main characters return to their former sinful ways. I found myself very frustrated by the situation, much as I find myself frustrated by my own sinfulness at times. Roseanna's is an honest portrayal of the journey we all face in our walk of faith.
I am quite surprised that A Stray Drop of Blood has not received more press. It is an excellent debut novel and I look forward to reading more by Roseanna in the future.