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Ebook Details
  • 11/2017
  • 1540310442 B01M4RO17L
  • 240 pages
  • $11.99
The Fisherman's Bride: The Untold Story of the Wife of Simon Peter

Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Market)

She has no name. She is not even a footnote. Her tale is hidden behind the well-told fable of her husband, the man who would become Simon Peter, the first Apostle. Cast off by her family after shunning a wealthy suitor to marry a humble fisherman, her life is fraught with hardship. She endures her husband’s growing restlessness, fish shortages from the Sea of Galilee, and the oppression of an all-powerful Roman Empire over her people. Then her life is forever changed when her dying mother is saved by a miracle performed by a young carpenter—a man who speaks with understanding and acts with compassion. A man who can inspire the extraordinary. Simon Peter lives on in history as the undaunted martyr of the carpenter. This is the untold story of his young bride. Her journey traverses villages and deserts, love and tradition, and a brewing revolution, to an awakening of faith that challenges everything she has ever known.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 6 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 6.50 out of 10


Plot: This first installment in a projected series is well paced and plotted, offering a unique perspective on well-known Bible stories as well as the culture of the time.

Prose: The prose successfully balances reverence for its setting and themes with a modern sensibility, making for a readable and engaging account.

Originality: The author does an admirable job of balancing well-known Biblical stories with original episodes that feel, for the most part, authentic to the spirit of the characters and the time.

Character Development: The characters here are solidly crafted and the narrative offers insights not only into Biblical stories, but also into the otherwise little-known lives of women at that time.

Date Submitted: April 04, 2017

InDtale Magazine

"Readers will be riveted...The author does a tremendous job of taking the reader back in time to when Jesus walked the earth...fresh and original." -Kate Campbell, InDtale Magazine

Midwest Book Review

"Right from the start, the evocative and compelling tone of The Fishman's Bride casts its line and draws in readers with a deftness that borders on enchantment. A powerfully written, compelling account of the impact of Jesus on all layers of society, narrated from the eyes of an outsider to his central group of believers who uses the ordinary life experiences of an unnamed wife to chronicle an extraordinary journey of love, faith, and miracles." -D. Donovan, senior reviewer, Midwest Book Review 

Reader's Favorite Magazine

"...the kind of literature I haven't read for a long time. Just the idea of writing about the wife of one of the eminent figures in Christian literature, Simon Peter, is appealing. But the execution is what will haunt readers; it's a very engaging and entertaining story...I have never read anything like this! The characters are glorious, the writing fascinating, with words flowing like a spell, and a plot that takes readers on a spiritual odyssey into the center of their own hearts." -reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite

US Review of Books

"Magia's prose is languid and easily readable...intrinsically intimate and personal. She writes with skill and confidence about the ancient traditions...most of all, she writes captivatingly and intensely about the endurance of love--a subject she promises to explore further in an upcoming sequel." -Joe Kilgore, The US Review of Books

Book Signing at Barnes & Noble

Dear Friends, I am proud to present my book signing event at the Hingham Barnes & Noble on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm.

This is a watershed event for me and  I will be doing a discussion with several other local authors.

Please come to cheer me on!

Hingham Author to Discuss New Novel

Local author Catherine Magia will be at the Hingham Barnes & Noble, 95 Derby St., as part of a local author panel to meet with fans and sign copies of her debut novel, “The Fisherman’s Bride” at 7 p.m. April 5.
“I have always been a storyteller,” said Magia, “I believe that stories are not created, but discovered. The character spoke to me and her voice was so compelling. I was lucky enough to receive the inspiration and to commit this wonderful story to the page.“

Ebook Details
  • 11/2017
  • 1540310442 B01M4RO17L
  • 240 pages
  • $11.99