First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Mary Called Magdalene by Margaret George

fistchapFirst chapter, first paragraph, is a meme hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea.

My current read is a very large book by author Margaret George called Mary Called Magdalene.  (It’s going to take me a while to read if I want to keep posting on my blog every day, which I do, so it will be some time before there is a full review.)  I read another book of hers a few years ago called Helen of Troy and enjoyed it very much.

marymagAs with so many subjects where there are few primary sources to fill in the background of famous persons, much is conjecture but a lot is based on research and knowledge of the period and of other persons surrounding the character of interest.  Such is the case here and so far I’m finding it fascinating.  Here is the first chapter, first paragraph which is in italics in the book:

She was carried to a place she had never been. It was much more vivid than a dream, it had a depth and a color to it, and exquisite detail that made it seem more real than the time with her mother in the courtyard, more real than the dreamy hours she spent sometimes looking out at the great lake of Magdala, the one so grand they called it a sea: the Sea of Galilee.

TeaserTuesdays-ADailyRhythm3-300x203Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

From the same book, p.85:

She patted Mary’s arm. Mary tried not to wince; the welts and scratches were very bad today, and she prayed no one would want her to try on her wedding robe and make her bare her arms.  Only a little while longer and she would be gone from this besieged house, this house where something malevolent hovered, tormenting her.

What do you think?  Would you keep reading?  What are you reading?


About mysm2000

Having taught elementary school for more than 25 years and been involved in many amazing technology and curriculum projects, I find I've developed a myriad of interests based on literature I've read and music I've heard. I've followed The Wright Three to Chicago, Ansel Adams to Colorado, The Kon Tiki Expedition to Easter Island, Simon & Garfunkel lyrics to New York City, Frank Lloyd Wright to Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, and have only just begun.
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30 Responses to First Chapter, First Paragraph & Teaser Tuesday: Mary Called Magdalene by Margaret George

  1. Diane says:

    I read this years ago and recall enjoying it – hope you do as well. enjoy


  2. Hope you enjoy your read. 🙂


  3. Oh intriguing teaser! Totally new to me! Hope you enjoy the rest!

    Thanks for visiting my Teaser post!

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  4. Cathy says:

    Yes, it sounds really intriguing. She’s such a well known character but I can’t say i know very much about her at all. Another one for the TBR list. Thanks for chicking out my TT at

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  5. sjhigbee says:

    That sounds really intriguing! I’m glad you are enjoying the book and look forward to hearing how you ultimately got on with it once you’ve completed it. Many thanks for stopping by my site, earlier:).


  6. Colletta says:

    Wow! Great teaser! Thanks for stopping by 🙂


    Liked by 1 person

  7. I have heard such wonderful things about this author and book. It’s one I would like to read at some point. Such an interesting time and an interesting woman. I hope you are enjoying it.


    • mysm2000 says:

      Yes. I really am. I liked her book, Helen of Troy and I see she’s written one about Elizabeth I that I will probably get to one day. These are wonderful books but really thick. I have to read shorter books in between. Thanks for stopping by.


  8. Alice Audrey says:

    Very intriguing. Yeah, I’d keep reading.

    Mine is here:


  9. ljennison says:

    Wondering what caused the welts and scratches. I would probably keep reading. I think she would be fascinating. My Teaser is from a collection of science fiction short stories.

    Liked by 1 person

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