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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,392 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Kathleen McGowan Narrator: Linda Stephens Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Magdalene Line Series Release Date:
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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 history has overlooked—or covered up: Countess Matilda of Tuscany, whose letter 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 eleventh-century 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 follows two amazing heroines as their stories intertwine through time. Maureen is immersed in these mysteries and Matilda’s amazing legacy … until a potentially fatal encounter reveals the Book of Love to Maureen—and to the listener.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Readers into Da Vinci Code–style church intrigue will enjoy the hell out of this.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “McGowan is a master storyteller, and her latest will appeal to Da Vinci Code fans still awaiting Dan Brown’s next thriller. Highly recommended.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Tiffany | 2/17/2014

    " It was a letdown after reading the first book but if I just let myself go along for the ride and ignored the "if they have ears..." repetition, it was still enjoyable. I don't read for quality of writing (though I do enjoy quite a few of the classics); I'm more interested in telling a good tale so while it did get a bit slow and I didn't really like the story of Matilda being interrupted with Maureen, it was a good story to read. If I were more interested in Maureen, the book would get a much lower rating and I may never have finished it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Wendy Gibson | 2/10/2014

    " Fascinating -- I know it's fiction but it's an interesting take on history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erin | 2/9/2014

    " This is the second in a series by Kathleen McGowan that I have greatly enjoyed. I got some strange looks by people who saw the title, but I found the subject to be very compelling. The idea that the core teaching of Jesus was to love one another, and the idea of sacred love was so beautiful. I'm a practicing Catholic, and after reading this I feel even stronger in my convictions - as much as they may not match up with the Vatican's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Danielle | 1/24/2014

    " 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 presented in her two novels that I enjoyed, and it was thought-provoking. "

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