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    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.



“Catherine Magia has penned a moving Christian story that transcends religious boundaries—a novel that occupies the rare space between the historical and the Biblical realms. At once speculative and interpretive, Magia's vigorous first-person narrative of St. Peter's wife makes a compelling case for the life, motivation and spirituality of a minor, nameless Biblical character. An ambitious and impressive debut.” -Andrew X. Pham, author of Catfish and Mandala  and The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars

"Unique and engaging...the author does an admirable job of balancing well-known Biblical stories with original episodes that feel authentic to the spirit of the characters and the time...with a modern sensibility." -BookLife Prize, indie division of Publisher's Weekly

"One of the most vivid fictional presences I’ve read in recent years — defying her father to marry Simon Peter and following him into a life in which holiness eclipses toil and poverty. From The Dead Sea to Jerusalem, Magia is able to evoke the world of the Gospels with beautifully penned prose." -Duncan W. Alderson, author of the Harper’s Bazaar must-read Magnolia City

"Magia’s prose is graceful and descriptive, evoking a strong sense of place...the characters complex and engaging." -Historical Novel Society

 "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

"Right from the start, the evocative and compelling tone of The Fisherman'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

"...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 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

"Magia’s descriptive abilities transport us with all five senses into the ancient fishing villages surrounding and including Capernaum and Jerusalem...her prose often ascends to poetry." -Elaine Lyons Bach, author of Gentle Journey, member of Catholic Writers' Guild