Reviewed by Erin N.

In the first century, a social and political movement caught the hearts of many in the Roman Empire, defining Western Civilization for centuries to come. This movement started with one man; a rabbi, the son of a carpenter who was of the Royal line of David. Through his words and deeds, this rabbi taught the world to love themselves, each other, and their creator. What’s more, the rabbi’s message was carried by his friends, family, and by the wife and children he kept in secret for their own protection.

Mary of Magdala was betrothed to the oldest son of Joseph of Nazareth at a very young age. Despite their pre-arranged marriage, Mary was honored and besotted and her fiancé was completely smitten. Because of Roman persecution of the movement their families played a part in, the rabbi and his fiancé joined an educational commune where Mary learned about her people and herself. It was in this commune that she and her beloved married in secret, producing several children before the rabbi’s social conscious called him to leave the security of the commune and fulfill his destiny to mankind.

Upon his death, Mary and her children went into hiding, mingling the family of Zion with many over the years.

Blood and Silk is a beautiful mosaic told by a young woman of the two greatest love stories mankind has ever known. Carol McKay captures the reader’s imagination and, through careful research, presents the story of Jesus of Nazareth’s marriage to Mary Magdalene in artistic, yet historically accurate, detail. Readers can be assured that McKay does not defile their beloved Savior nor present a story that would run contrary to their most deeply held beliefs. Blood and Silk shows that a man could be the Messiah as well as a loving husband and father.

Rating: 4/5

Erin fell in love with the written word as a small child and subsequently spent most of her life happily devouring literature. She works as a freelance news, marketing, and technical writer. Erin lives just outside of Cleveland, Ohio with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kelley & Hall Book Publicity. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.