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The Book of Love (Magdalene Line Trilogy #2)

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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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Hollytmcmanusyahoo.Com I don't think so, there is a lot background research she does that would be missing.
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Jul 10, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fun-fluff
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
Mary Magna
Apr 23, 2009 Mary Magna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 19, 2009 Trina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 16, 2009 Daniel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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. just didn't do it for me.
Mar 30, 2009 Alma rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Mar 06, 2009 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Uber Chic
Apr 21, 2009 Uber Chic rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 22, 2009 Kym rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 25, 2009 Danielle rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 2009 Pitter Patter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dear heavens...haven't they pulped this woman's books yet? The loss of trees is a criminal act.
Feb 10, 2016 Olga rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Me ha encantado... si el primer libro habla de Maria Magdalena y como se la ha vapuleado en la historia, ahora en este segundo libro nos habla de otro personaje femenino con la misma fuerza que Magdalena, Matilde De Cassona... Una mujer fuerte, inteligente y que fue una de las mujeres con las poder de su tiempo...

Mientras el libro sigue su curso con Maureen en el presente y como se le van revelando los misterios y secretos de la fe que intento implantar Jesus y Maria Magdalena... Hace un recorri
Mar 26, 2009 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
May 31, 2009 Mel rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
Jun 01, 2010 Christine rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
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
May 04, 2009 Tamilynn James rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very long and boring - especially in the middle. It's more like a cheap romance book.
Dec 07, 2008 Nicole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
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
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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Mar 30, 2009 Carla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: magdalene, fiction
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
Mar 03, 2009 Paige rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
John Hanscom
Feb 27, 2010 John Hanscom rated it did not like it  ·  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
Jul 06, 2009 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 08, 2010 Corinne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Barbara Kramer
May 18, 2009 Barbara Kramer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 24, 2009 Carrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Setting: in Lucca, Tuscany

I was so enraptured with the first of the Magdalene Line trilogy, The Expected One, that I couldn't wait till The Book of Love comes out. Unfortunately, this is such a big disappointment! Ms. McGowan seems uncertain whether she wanted to write about historical fiction or history. The book is loaded with explanation to the point of a school textbook.

If the last of the trilogy ever comes out --supposedly about the Poet Prince, I'll probably buy it just because I want to
Jul 12, 2012 Melanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
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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Kathleen McGowan is an internationally published writer whose work has appeared on five continents and in at least fifteen languages. She is notable for her claim to be the descendant of Jesus of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene
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Magdalene Line Trilogy (3 books)
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