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Priest's Madonna
by Amy Hassinger
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Putnam, 2006 (2006)

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* * *   Reviewed by Lisa Respers France

Blame it on the success of The Da Vinci Code. More and more interest is being directed at tales which purport there was a romantic relationship between Jesus and Mary Magdalene. The Priest's Madonna is one such book, yet it is so much more. A lush historical filled with period detail, romance and intrigue, the novel alternates between the tale of the complex relationship between teenager Marie Dénarnaud and the parish priest in a small southern French town, and the experiences of Mary Magdalene as she follows her beloved Savior.

While Marie's relationship with the priest, Bérenger Saunière, unfolds against the backdrop of disapproval from her family and townspeople, the two stumble into a mystery that may prove the bloodline of descendants of Jesus. Incredibly well researched and lyrically written, The Priest's Madonna hooks the reader with an intriguing plot, well drawn characters and a glimpse into the author's imaginings of the turmoil of two different woman, centuries apart, who both find themselves slaves to a forbidden love. This is one book that will appeal to lovers of history, mysteries, romance and fine literature.

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