Litfuse Review: The Thief by:Stephanie Landsem

The Thief (The Living Water Series, #2)
About the Book:
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?

Nissa is a Jewish woman with a sharp tongue and no hope of marriage. Abandoned by the God she once loved, her only recourse is to depend upon Mouse, the best thief in Jerusalem, to keep her blind brother, Cedron, fed and the landlord satisfied.

Longinus is a Roman centurion haunted by death and failure and is desperate to escape the accursed Judean province. Accepting a wager that will get him away from the aggravating Jews and their threats of revolt, he sets out to catch the thieves harassing the marketplace.

When a controversial teacher miraculously heals Cedron, Nissa hopes for freedom from her life of lies. But the supposed miracle brings only more misfortune, and Longinus, seeking to learn more about the mysterious healer, finds himself drawn instead to Nissa, whose secret will determine the course of both their futures.

Cedron, Longinus, and Nissa are unexpectedly caught up in the arrest, trial, and crucifixion of Jesus. As danger closes in on them from every side, they must decide if the love and redemption Jesus offers is true or just another false promise. How can the so-called Messiah save them from their shackles, when he cannot even save himself?

About the Author:
Stephanie Landsem writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far-off times and places. In real life, she’s explored ancient ruins, medieval castles, and majestic cathedrals around the world. Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband, four children, and three fat cats. When she’s not writing, she’s feeding the ravenous horde, avoiding housework, and dreaming about her next adventure – whether it be in person or on the page.

My Review:
 Nissa hates lying to everyone she cares for and even lying to herself. She doubts she will ever marry and is often punished for her sharp tongue. Knowing she has to find work, the only thing that runs through her mind, is the health of her dear blind brother, Cedron. With her father gambling and her mother drinking their money away, Nissa knows that its in her brothers best interest to find away for them to escape this horrid life. But what if that cause Nissa to be put in prison or even her life? But that’s a chance Nissa is willing to take.

 Longinus is a roman centurion that is still haunted by his past. Though he knows he should be grateful for his job, he can’t help but want a change. All he can possibly do at this moment, is do his job, finding two thieves, the two thieves that humiliated him in the market place and still got away. And maybe if he finds them, he can have a transfer to a better place, a place that will give him the change he needs.

 Cedron knows there is no way he can help his younger sister Nissa, out of that house. Being blind only adds to the problems he faces. All though he begs for money, it’s still not enough, it’s never enough. But when he hears of a miraculous teacher, Cedron knows it’s time to get up and find him. Maybe with the help of this teacher, he can  finally get himself and his sister from their old life and begin anew. With God’s help Cedron will find that teacher, but how?

**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Litfuse Publicity.

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