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The Book of Love (Magdalene Line Trilogy #2)

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3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,960 ratings  ·  249 reviews
An ancient mystery...An epic love story...A divine message, hidden in plain sight.
Maureen Paschal is regarded as both a heroine and a target after discovering the gospel written by Mary Magdalene, which revealed that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. Then Maureen receives a strange package containing what looks like an ancient letter by an extraordinary woman whom his
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Published March 10th 2009 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2008)
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Dave
I just read alot of the reviews. Seems to me that there are two camps; one which is severely disappointed by it being a "rip-off" of DaVinci Code. Gosh!, aren't people who write historical fiction allowed to use the same historical thread for a platform?
Others, like myself really enjoyed it because it is fun to simply think about things. History is always written by the victors, but as near as we can tell, it is "factual" that the Church did cherry pick from the myriad of written biblical record
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Mary Magna
I did not feel as though this book lived up to the hype surrounding it. The characters were right out of a corny romance novel, and were not worthy of such a long-winded novel. I don't know, maybe it was the title - as well as the cover - which smacked of those silly romance novels. This just didn't "do it" for me. Maybe her next one will be better!
Daniel
I thought the first volume was a cheap imitation of Dan Brown's DaVinci Code - this one is even worse.

I was hoping for something fresh especailly after the author contacted me on GOODREADS to promote her new book after I didn't like the first one.

I wanted to like it - I really did. But...it just didn't do it for me.
Alma
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Kate
Having just finished TBOL, I have to say I was slightly disappointed. I throughly enjoyed The Expected One, mostly due to the way in which the characters were protrayed and developed throughout the story. Both their internal conflicts and external interactions were well written and engaging. With TBOL however, I felt as if none of the things I enjoyed in The Expected One were present. While the sections on Matilda's life were interesting, I much prefer to read about Maureen's story. The thought ...more
Trina
It is difficult to critique one of an author's books without comparing it to his or her other books. 'The Expected One' was literally a revelation to me. It opened my eyes, mind, and heart to my Savior in a profound way. 'The Book of Love' follows the same characters, now on their search for the legendary Book of Love, a gospel written by Jesus' own hand.

At the end of the book, McGowen explains the immense editing and condensing that was required to make the story readable. While she may certai
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Uber Chic
OMG! If I 'hear' one more silly review which mimics the author's redundant phrase "Those with ears to ear,let them hear", I am going to barf. All of the 5-star reviews seem to add this trite over-used phrase to the end of their reviews. It makes me wonder if they have ANY originality what-so-ever. McGowan uses this phrase every 500 words throughout her 500+ page novel. Just imagine how many times it appears in the book!! As if we did not "hear" enough of it whilst reading the novel - geez. Gimme ...more
Danielle
What could have been a hopeful sequel to the fun (if historically questionable) "The Expected One," turned out to be a good story within a bad one. Over 1/2 of the book was about Matilda of Tuscany, instead of the main character Maureen. I sensed almost no character development, and the main plot was so fragmented by the historical "flashbacks" that I had to flip back to the previous present-day sections. There were several intriguing reveals about the heretical religion that McGowan has present ...more
Pitter Patter
Dear heavens...haven't they pulped this woman's books yet? The loss of trees is a criminal act.
Kym
OKay, I was a huge fan of her first one, The Expected One, and have recommended it up and down the "halls", so I was eagerly awaiting this book.

McGowan is a talented writer and takes us on the next step of her new theology with The Book Of Love. More a wishful theory than suspense novel, 'Love' takes us into the next chapter of Maureen's quest to prove that Catholicism and it's tenets are, at best, a misunderstanding, at worst, a willful abuse by history's church leaders and kings.

This is a book
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Sue
While I think that the author has great ideas and great material that she is working with, I found this somewhat hard to get through because I was almost totally & completely in awe of her overuse of effusive language. (I had the same issue with her first book). Fortunately, Matilda's story was very interesting & saved the day.
Sherry
I loved this book. It tells the legend of Jesus' Gospel written in his own hand. Maureen, The Expected One -- the next in the long line of Magdeline's searches for the Book of Love. She uncovers centuries of conspiracy to erase early Christianity and Jesus' marriage to Mary Magdeline from the history of the church. Last year at this time I read Faulcolt's Pendulum, that tells the same story only from a very male perspective. Katherine Neville touches on it in Eight through the metaphor of Chess. ...more
Victoria McNulty
At first I thought this was an overly religious unimaginative attempt to capitalize on the Dan Brown Craze. Then the more I read, the more I understood that the author actually believed everything she was writing was true (or mostly true). I'm not sure exactly what to think about the plot now, it's a lot to consider and I don't have the evidence to be able to weigh.

I did find the delivery corny, at times like a romance novel. I'm pretty sure I read "she had to catch her breath because it was so
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Jen (RevJen)
I was looking forward to reading this book after the first one. I wanted to see how Maureen would deal with the revelations of The Expected One.

It seemed to me as though two separate books were co-existing between the same two covers. They almost didn't have any relevance to each other. If it were up to me, I would have chosen the retelling of the life of Matilda. She was such an interesting and strong character. I really enjoyed the parts with her. I think that history has done such a disservic
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Christine
This sequel to THE EXPECTED ONE this book again follows Maureen Paschal on her quest to uncover the truth behind the Magdalene line following the crucifixion of Christ. I usually enjoy books with this type of story line, but in this case I found the writing to be excessively repetitive and unoriginal. Ms. McGowan seemed to be trying to fill pages and not only repeated herself excessively but gave the reader pages and pages (and pages and pages) of rehashed myths and stories from history. One ver ...more
Mel
I was very disappointed with this book. I was expecting great things after loving 'The expected One.' The story was longwinded and all over the place. I only got 1/3 of the way through it and then gave up.
Melinda
Again--interesting take on what may have been contained in Jesus' book of love. The middle gets a bit boring but I liked it for the most part. First book of hers was better.
Tamilynn James
Very long and boring - especially in the middle. It's more like a cheap romance book.
Kelly
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Nicole
The Book of Love by Kathleen McGowan is the second book in The Magdalene Line trilogy. The first book in the trilogy, The Expected One, focused on Maureen Paschal’s adventure to discover the lost Gospel of Mary Magdalene and growing realization she is an “Expected One”. The Book of Love begins as Maureen is on her book tour.

**********From the book Jacket: Fresh from her successful hunt for the long-hidden scrolls written by Mary Magdalene, journalist Maureen Paschal receives a strange package in
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Carla
I enjoyed this book, but I preferred her first book The Expected One much more. I think all of the information was a fresh, and she had interesting twists on Dan Brown's theories in Da Vinci Code. I also enjoyed getting to know all the characters in that book, and I missed Maureen interacting as much with her group of friends. However, I think that is one of the aspects the author was trying to convey - that with that great knowledge and responsibility a person can be very lonely. I did like som ...more
Paige
I thought this book was great. I pre-ordered and received a copy early. Hit up Amazon- they seem to be sending them out ahead of schedule if you want an early copy.

The book picks up shortly after the 1st book left off. Maureen is on tour promoting the book she had written based on her controversial discoveries that Mary Magdalene was the wife of and a beloved disciple of Jesus. Maureen begins to have dreams of a book, written by Jesus on his teachings, referred to as the Book of Love. Maureen is
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Tracy Terry
The second 'quest' for journalist Maureen Pascal. Whilst this reads well as a standalone novel I do recommend that the first book in the series, The Expected One, be read first as, apart from it being a much better story, as a reader you'll have a greater understanding of the characters which, though not always too important in sequels, I think vital in this instance.

Not entirely what I was expecting - more of a love story and less of a thriller. Despite the synopsis on the back cover suggesting
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John Hanscom
Mar 05, 2010 John Hanscom rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one.
If any book can be worse than the DiVinci Code, this is it. It is a polemic, not a novel, and the characters have conversations which would never be really stated. It is OK for an author to have something to say; it is quite another for the author to beat us over the head with it, over and over and over. It does not have enough action to have the non-polemic part be interesting. Finally though it is not necessary for absolute accuracy - after all, this is a novel - it employs a particular concei ...more
Heather
A book in the style of The DaVinci Code but lacking successful building of tension and plot. The first 1/3 of the book constantly mentions the previous book in repetitive and boring ways. The author could have left out those trite ovations to her previous work and the plot might have progressed faster.

I stuck with it to see if there was anything original in the revelations about the idea that Mary Magdalene and Jesus were married and had children, but if you've read the Da Vinci Code, you've alr
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Corinne
For over 2,000 years we've been led to believe that Jesus wrote nothing and that all of the New Testament was written by others. Not only written by others but in many cases hundreds of years later or also by people who didn't ever meet the man.

As much as I would like to think that all of Christianity would welcome the writings of Jesus I am pretty sure that they'd be hidden. So many things have been "changed" along the way for political or financial gain.

"The Book of Love", is another wonderful
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Carrie
This book has one of my favorite elements--a complete and total blurring of fiction and reality. It continues the story of Maureen Paschal, noted theologian and visionary, and a descendant of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene, as begun in The Expected One. In The Book of Love, she learns about the charismatic Countess Matilda of Tuscany, spiritual wife of Pope Gregory VII, also a descendant of Jesus and Mary, and The Book of Love, a lost gospel, which teaches that "love conquers all".

Having s
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Barbara Kramer
This is the second book in the Magdalene line series. I enjoyed it as much as the first on, The Expected One. Kathleen McGowan blends history and religious "heresy" into a captivating story. As one who steers clear of organized religion I am always intrigued by the variety of theories regarding the origins and basic agreements of the major religions once you strip away the dogma that has been added over the years.

While I consider this book and similar works such as the DaVinci Code to be fictio
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Melanie
I probably should have read the slipcover of this book more carefully when I picked it up for a $1 at Half Price Books, because I want my money back. HA!

Before starting the novel, I read the slipcover and wasn't thrilled with the details there, but I like to read all types of books and decided to try it anyway. But I quickly found that I really didn't like it at all. The book was poorly written in my opinion, and I opted NOT to finish it, which is a really big deal to me. Even if I dislike wher
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Jessica
I read this book from the mountains of France without realizing I would be back near Chartres and the magnificent cathedrale that made the focal point of this story. By the time I was done with the book, I had to make a day trip to see the stained glass, the veil and the labyrinth. I actually found a lot of connection to the story of the labyrinth and the overarching message of the book. The writing style still isn't what I'd normally like and the gruesome historical "flashbacks" of earlier huma ...more
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