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Happy Friday!!  Please join in with me today for Book Beginnings hosted by Rose City Reader and visit some of the other great bloggers over there, too.  My book today is the third and last book in the Magdalene series by Kathleen McGowan called “The Poet Prince”. 

Here is the first line:

“The Roman emperor Antoninus Pius was not a butcher.”

Hmmm…really?  This makes me wonder what, exactly, is going on that he has to make that distinction.  I won’t give too much away, but Pius has to make a grave decision about something that starts the ball rolling for this book.  Again, this is a FICTION book, but Ms. McGowan is excellent in combining fact and fiction.  The historical and art references are right on (I have been burning up Google while reading these books), and the weaving of the fictional story into these facts is outstanding.

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Please join me and other book lovers over at Rose City Reader today for Book Beginnings.  It is always interesting to find out what other bloggers are reading and their opinions about the books.  I hope you check it out and enjoy it as much as I do.

My book today is “The Book of Love” by Kathleen McGowan and it is the second book in a series of three.  Here are the first few lines:

“Heavy beeswax candles dripped along the perimeter of the cavern, illuminating the cramped meeting space.  The small community prayed with soft devotion, following the lead of the ethereal woman who stood before them at the stone altar.”

Can’t you just picture the stone walls of the cavern and the candlelight flickering against them with this “ethereal” woman leading a prayer service?  I have really enjoyed these books so far.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I am a Christian and I know that these are FICTION, but the storylines are really interesting and I have found myself looking up many of the historical names and places mentioned in these books.  The writer is excellent at weaving fiction with historical fact.

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Welcome to my book corner!  I am linking up today over at Rose City Reader for her link party, Book Beginnings.  Join us by choosing a book you are reading, have read, or want to read and give us the first line or two.  Then let us know what your thoughts are on it.  It’s that easy!

My book today is “The Expected One” by Kathleen McGowan.  It is the first book in a trilogy and if the other two are as good as this one, I know I will be very entertained!

“There wasn’t much time left.  The old woman tugged the tattered shawl around her shoulders.”

These lines really make you wonder what the “old woman” was experiencing and why time was running out.  It also makes you wonder who this “old woman” is and why is she important?  It turns out that she is a very famous historical figure and, depending on whose theory you are listening to at the time, was a bad, sinful person or a good, but totally misunderstood, one. 

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