The Book of Love

Kathleen McGowan, Author . Touchstone $25.99 (516p) ISBN 978-0-7432-9997-8

Maureen Paschal, last seen discovering the secrets of Mary Magdalene in The Expected One , returns in this overstuffed sequel. Haunted by dreams of Jesus telling her to search for “the Book of Love,” Maureen, now a bestselling novelist, takes off for France, where her estranged lover, Bérenger Sinclair, reveals that the mysterious manuscript is supposed to be a gospel written by Christ and whose existence is merely a rumor. Both Maureen and Bérenger receive strange clues pointing them toward the story of Countess Matilda of Tuscany, an 11th-century noblewoman and an early champion of the Book of Love. With the help of Maureen's cousin, a Jesuit scholar at the Vatican, Maureen confronts dangerous forces bent on covering up the truth and follows Matilde's trail though Belgium, Italy and France, culminating in a stunning sequence within the Chartres Cathedral. However, Matilda's hefty story line exists uneasily next to Maureen's contemporary narrative and relies too much on long-winded narration to explain Christian esoterica. Series fans and readers into Da Vinci Code– style church intrigue will enjoy the hell out of this. (Mar.)

Reviewed on: 12/15/2008
Release date: 03/01/2009
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