The Book of Love

The Book of Love

Book - 2009
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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 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. Weaving together Matilda's little-known true story and Maureen's thrilling search, The Book of Love follows two amazing heroines as their stories intertwine through time. Maureen is immersed in the mysteries of the labyrinth, the beautiful poetry of the Song of Songs, the world's greatest art and architecture, and Matilda's amazing legacy...until a potentially fatal encounter reveals the Book of Love to Maureen -- and to the reader.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, c2009
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9780743299978
0743299973
Characteristics: 516 p. : map ; 25 cm

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NadiaHathor
May 02, 2020

A beautiful, adroit interweaving of three rarely acknowledged Women of Historical and Spiritual significance, the Countess Matilda of Tuscany, Political Strategist, Warrior, Architect; Makeda, the Queen of Sheba, Priestess Queen, Founder of Schools of Art and Architecture, her reign in Sabea was considered a Golden Age; and the foundation of the book and series, Mary Magdalene, Priestess, Healer, Teacher, Lover Consort of Yeshua. Kathleen's style of Storytelling lends itself well to this weighty intensity of subject matter making you want to read until your eyes become too bleary to continue. The Book of Love divulges Sacred Sexual concepts, such as the 'nashakh', the Sacred Kiss between Beloveds, and the 'hieros-gamos', the Sacred Union of Beloveds in celebrating the flesh in order to become as one. When the Author first finished this book it was over 1,400 pages long and it was edited down to just under 500 pages, which from my perspective caused it to forfeit a touch of cohesiveness. I believe the overall vision may have been better served by making it either a two-part sequel or taking it to at least 800 pages, which for a narrative this compelling and intriguing would not have been a hardship. Nonetheless, a sumptuous, exhilarating read "for those with eyes to see and ears to hear, let them see and hear!"

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