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Magdalen Rising, The Beginning

Reviewed by: Christine I Speakman

Written by: Elizabeth Cunningham
Publisher: www.monkfishpublishing.com

Genre: Fiction
ISBN 978-0-9766843-2-9

416 pages

Hardcover, $24.95

I’m cheering that I was the lucky one to read and review “Magdalen Rising, The Beginning”!  I’m heading to the bookstore for the next in Elizabeth Cunningham’s “The Maeve Chronicles.”

 

Elizabeth Cunningham has created a passionate, intriguing, thought-provoking combination of Celtic Lore and Christian belief while telling a simple story of the possible connection between Jesus and Mary Magdalen.

 

“Magdalen Rising” is Ms. Cunningham’s second book in this series; however, it is the beginning of the tale.  Here we are introduced to Maeve (Mary Magdalen), her mystical/not so mystical birth and a young Jesus, a Jesus we’re not used to reading about.  Maeve believes they are destined cosmic twins/lovers; he’s trying to understand his own life and the questions that fill his head.

 

But, why do I want everyone to read this book?  Those are the words I can’t find.  Ms. Cunningham’s Maeve is a headstrong, freewheeling, funny lady.  The question of male/female balance in, at least, two religious beliefs is open and respectful.  Which, for me, creates a perfect setting for discussion.  “Magdalen Rising” is rich in detail and emotion.   There’s a magical honesty to this one tale; a tale of two of Christianity’s major people, that keeps pulling me back.

 

Another great summer read, one that deserves your full attention.

 

Christine Speakman - Muse Book Reviewer

 

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