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Bright Dark Madonna
The Maeve Chronicles, #3

by Elizabeth Cunningham


Even if you haven't read Elizabeth Cunningham’s previous novels in the Maeve ChroniclesBright Dark Madonna is a compelling story that can stand on its own merits. There are enough background details to catch you up on the story of Maeve, the Celtic Mary Magdalen, as told by Cunningham.

Maeve has a personality and sense of humor all her own and, after having read the series, you will never think of the biblical Mary in the same way again...nor Jesus, for that matter.  Following the death and rising of Jesus, Maeve begins to preach the gospel in her own way, but the child she carries in her womb sparks a fierce debate among Jesus' followers as to what to do  about the Savior's widow and offspring.

Maeve is not about to release her child to them, so she and Jesus' mother flee to Temple Magdalen, the whorehouse she founded.  They are followed, of course, and a custody battle is in the making, but after the infant Sara is born, Maeve, Mary and Sara disappear into the Taurus Mountains to live in hiding where Sara grows into an angst-ridden adolescent, determined to find out the truth about her father.

Cunningham has penned an unforgettable novel, filled with beauty and mystery, that is very entertaining as well as thought-provoking. She brings the temples of Jerusalem, the secrets of the Temple of Artemis in Ephesus, Turkey, and a cave in the South of France to life in a captivating chronicle that is hard to put down. And the Gospels?  They have never been told in quite this way.

The Book

Monkfish Book Publishing
April 1, 2009
Hardcover (Reviewed from the Uncorrected Proof)
0-9798828-7-7 / 978-0-9798828-7-6
Historical Fiction
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The Reviewer

Beverly J. Rowe
Reviewed 2009
NOTE: Reviewer Beverly J. Rowe is's "Babes to Teens" columnist, covering topics related to reading ideas for the youth in the family.
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