Title: The Expected One
Author: Kathleen McGowan
Genre: Historical Fiction
When journalist Maureen Paschal begins the research for a new book, she has no idea that she is stepping into an ancient mystery so secret, so revolutionary, that thousands of people have killed and died for it.Two thousand years ago, Mary Magdalene hid a set of scrolls in the French Pyrenees: the Gospel of Mary Magdalene, her version of the life of Jesus and the events of the New Testament. Protected by supernatural forces, these sacred scrolls could be uncovered only by a special seeker, one who fulfills the ancient prophecy of L'Attendu - the Expected One.As Maureen becomes immersed in the mystical lore of L'Attendu, the eerie prophecy of the Expected One casts a shadow over her life and work, and a long-buried family secret comes to light. Maureen's extraordinary journey takes her from the dusty streets of Jerusalem to the cathedrals of Paris to the rocky foothills of southwest France. To search for the scrolls, she must unravel clues that link history's great artistic masters, dynasties, and scientific minds. Ultimately, she comes face-to-face with Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene, and a love triangle that changed the course of history in a deeply moving and powerful new gospel... the greatest story never told.
Let me start by saying that whether or not you believe some of the less spiritual beliefs on the subject of Mary Magdalene, it should not keep you from reading this book. Kathleen McGowan is an American author. Her novel The Expected One sold over a million copies worldwide and has appeared in over fifty languages. She claims to be a descendant of Jesus Christ and Mary Magdalene. 
This book promised historical references, historical facts, unknown information about Mary Magdalene, and a great fictional story; all of which was delivered as promised. Take a trip through France, Ireland, and Jerusalem. See the sights of the temples, museums, and historical spots we have all known of through time. Open your hearts and your minds to the impossible.
There is a lot of debate over the idea that the content of this book provides. I cannot 100% say that I believe everything that is said in this book. I cannot completely back all of the said "facts" without my own proof that all of it is true. Do I believe that it is possible that Mary Magdalene was Jesus' wife and not just his Apostle? Well sure. Jesus was the "Son of Man." It is negligent to believe that a man of God would have a woman in his bed without approval of the church and God. There is much more to Jesus Christ than what the Bible tells you. I have always believed that.There are a lot of books out there that tell a similar story but not as in-depth. The Catholic Church has kept a lot of information from people to conserve the church and its position in the world. But it is not to say what all of that information is. We can speculate until we are blue in the face but it will not solve anything. So, please go into this book with an open mind. If not for the story line than at least for the history lesson provided.
This book is very important if any of what is in the book is true. We have all had the beliefs set before us and passed down from generation to generation. This book blows those beliefs apart. It pulls the rug out from underneath us. This book certainly opened my eyes to a far different reality than what I was taught. Don’t get me wrong. I loved the fictional story but the story doesn’t hold a candle to the content if what is being said is really true.
This book appeals to the conspiracy theorists. To the people who look outside the box. No one wants to feel like they are a part of the herd. Everyone is taught to have independent thought and opinion, yet there are so many who believe only one side of the story and won’t even listen to the other half. Those close-minded people are who make organized religion as we know it. Don’t get me wrong. There is a very goof historical fiction story behind all of this, but sometimes I had to put the book down simply because I couldn’t believe what I was reading.
This book has not necessarily changed my mind about the content provided. I have always had my own beliefs but nothing to make them concrete. Until now.
In conclusion, this book was a very deep read. This wasn’t a book I read in one night. I had to do my own research along the way as there were questions I had about some of the content. That made the book fun and informative. Something very hard to find in most books you pick off the shelf. I very much enjoyed the characters and the dialogue and relationship between them. There are a lot of twists and turns and mysteries revealed. Do not sell yourself short and get this book in your hands as quick as possible.
Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
If you have time to need you have time to read!
I am about 40% finished with this book. I am really enjoying it. I do have a lot of research to do with this book. I do know quite a bit about Mary Magdalene but apparently I don't know some of the connections to other people from history. I would like to know whether or not it is true. Plus, it helps me understand what I am reading. I am already at 27 questions I need to answer before I continue. I love it!!!