Mary: When Love Came To Town

When Love comes to town...A young woman, transformed by God, embarks on an epic journey...

More than eight hundred years ago a little book was published called 'The Life of Saint Mary Magdalene and of Her Sister Saint Martha'. That book, retold here in modern form, tells the inspirational story of Mary Magdalene's life. More

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About Lianne Blanch

Lianne began studying creative writing after the birth of her two children. She fell in love with the French legends about Mary, Martha and Lazarus when she spent three glorious months in the Provencal town of Arles. 'Mary: When Love Came To Town', is her first novel.


Review by: James M. Becher on Sep. 11, 2011 : (no rating)
It's an easy read and a very interesting take on what could have been the life of one of Jesus' most known followers. It is the story of Mary Madelene from her early youth through her death, tracing her first contact with the evil spirits with which she was possessed, her troubled youth, her healing by Jesus, her following of Jesus' disciples even after His death and resurrection including her missionary trips and ministry among the disciples. The author artfully combines the scripture accounts of Mary of Bethany, Mary Madelene and the Mary who anointed Jesus into one interesting character. The scripture does not identify these as one and the same person, but it makes for an interesting story to suppose that they were one and the same.
Much of the writing is simply a re-statement of scripture which makes it easy to skip over those parts for those familiar with the scripture and hopefully an enlightenment for those who are not. But the larger part is the author's imagined story of the life of this saint of God and her family. There is a bit of a lull in the excitement after her healing but it picks up again as she faces the many challenges of ministry.
From the Author's note at the end, it is obvious that this novel has been well researched. She tells which points are uncertain and which are historically documented.
All in all this novel is an entertaining read for those who are in the faith and both and entertaining and a challenging on for those who are not.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)

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