The Book of Love (Unabridged)
by Kathleen McGowan
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Maureen Paschal thought she might rest and work on her book after discovering the gospel written by Mary Magdalene that revealed Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married. The truth of their story rocked the world and made Maureen a target of those who did not like her discovery and a heroine to those who did. Then Maureen receives a strange package containing what looks like an ancient letter written in Latin and signed with a symbol. She discovers that its author is an extraordinary woman whom history has overlooked -- or covered up -- Countess Matilda of Tuscany, and in the letter Matilda demands the return of her "most precious books and documents." Maureen soon finds herself in a race across Italy and France, where hidden dangers await her and her lover, Bérenger, as they begin to realize that they are on the trail of another explosive discovery: the Book of Love, the Gospel written in Jesus' own hand. As Maureen learns more about Matilda, an eleventhcentury warrior countess who was secretly married to a pope, she begins to see the eerie connections between herself and Matilda, connections she must trace to their source if she is to stop the wrong people from finding the Book of Love and hiding it forever.
The Book of Love
This book has an interesting premise, but the plot is very shallow and predictable. I found myself rolling my eyes as I listened; hard to believe it is so obvious. The characters have conversations that are not at all believable and great historical finds take place in the course of an after dinner romp through the library. The story is very contrived, to say the least. I was quite disappointed.
In the vein of Dan Brown, well written and researched, this novel encourages me to read more Church history with an open mind!