A Miracle for St. Cecilia's [NOOK Book]


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A Miracle for St. Cecilia's

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Folk artist Valentine seems to strive to emulate Jan Karon in this first novel, but is more aptly compared to Thomas Kinkade, another artist whose recent novel takes place in a New England community eerily like Dorsetville, which is Valentine's setting. In this town that time forgot, Catholic priest Father James frets over the archdiocese's decision to close down his church, leaving his aging parish without a place to worship. With the exception of some surprisingly mean-spirited depictions of Dorsetville's Congregationalists and a few other minor characters, Valentine offers a cast of saints: a young family fighting cancer, an elderly prayer warrior and several kind-underneath-it-all curmudgeons. Beginning on Ash Wednesday and ending on Easter Sunday, the novel is basically an introduction to these characters, which is to be expected this is the first in a series of Dorsetville books. Valentine favors redundancy, sometimes repeating information as if it were new. Moreover, the "miracle" at the end is confusing and appears from nowhere, as do a number of other plot contrivances such as, for example, the sudden appearance of a long-lost relative of the prayer warrior. Still, Valentine's prose is readable, and unlike most Christian fiction, this novel features devout Catholics, who resemble their fictional Protestant counterparts in every way except one: they drink. (When Father James is offered coffee heavily spiked with Jack Daniels, he enthusiastically accepts.) While Valentine's portrayal of the Catholic Church is undoubtedly sugarcoated, some readers will relish her prettified vision. (Aug.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
A noted folk artist debuts with a warmly affirming story, the first in a series, of a congregation's attempts to save its church from being closed down. As in the popular Mitford novels, the setting is a fictional small town where everyone knows and cares for everyone else and even the curmudgeons have hearts of gold. In Dorsetville, in New England, the Catholic Church is St. Cecilia's, and its priests are Father James Flaherty and his elderly assistant, Father Keene. Dorsetville was once a prosperous mill town, but the congregation has shrunk, and on a bitterly cold Ash Wednesday morning, when the ancient furnace, as usual, is not working, Father James gets a call from his superior requesting a meeting to discuss the church's fate. Father James is a good and caring priest, and he's concerned that, if the church closes down, his elderly flock will be bereft of the comfort and community it offers, and aging Father Keene will have to go into a retirement home. Told that the church must be closed on Easter Sunday, Father James realizes that only a miracle will save it. As he worries, prayers are answered in unexpected ways: much-liked parishioner Bob, ill with cancer, undergoes a successful bone marrow transplant; Father Keene, lost in a snowstorm, is found sheltering in widow Harriet Bedford's house; and Harriet, who has been visiting her sister, a Mother Superior, is reunited with her long-lost granddaughter. St. Cecilia's itself still needs a miracle, which it seems to get when a hologram of the Virgin Mary, created by young computer whiz Matthew, appears in the church. Though crowds flock to see it, Easter Sunday is only hours away. But fittingly, on Easter morning Father James receivesa letter that in its way offers a miraculous solution to his problems. A beguiling mix of characters in a sunny story that faithfully emphasizes the positive. Sweet soulfood only.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440649998
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/24/2003
  • Series: Dorsetville Series, #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 319,481
  • File size: 330 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    a warm, feel-good series

    This book puts one in mind of the Jan Karon series but this series is Catholic. I really loved the story line and found myself caught up in the characters. I am looking forward to more from Katherine Valentine!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2003


    God does do miracles if you ask and believe. This book will uplift you and make you smile.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    I believe in miracles!

    I loved this book, and can't wait for the next book in the series. I loved every detail related to the Catholic faith, because I can relate to it, being Catholic myself. This is the first time I read 'Christian' fiction, although I'd like to call it more 'Catholic' fiction, because it's different from other Christian fiction novels. Anyway, I thought some of the 'professional' critics were a bit too harsh on this book, but that's just me. This is an uplifting story, and everyone can relate to it. Highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2003

    A Wonderfully Uplifting Book

    This is such a wonderful book. I was sorry that it had to end but am glad that it is the first in a series. This book reminded me so much of The Mitford Series which I also loved. I laughed, I cried, and in between there was always a smile on my face while reading this book. This is one book that I will keep and read again, and I will recommend it to my friends to read also.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2003

    A book that rocks

    I am a college student who believes in miracles. My day sucked until I got this book from the libary. Funny quipes and solid christian advice interspersed though out. A must read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2002

    I can't wait for the next in the series

    What an uplifting, inspirational book that reaffirms all that is wonderful about living in a small New England town. I laughed, I cried but most of all I found my spirit refreshed. I can't wait to find out what happens to all those delightful characters in the next in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2002

    A Must Read Book

    This book is outstanding. One of the best I have read this year. It's good to read that miracles really do happen when people have strong faith and let God take control. A must read.

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