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Posted November 14, 2012
London streetwalker Sylvia Smith is under suspicion for abetting a robbery. She doesn't know where to turn. Frightened and alone, she ends up at St. Alban's Church. The officiant, Father Christopher is going through some turmoil of his own. He is filled with self doubt and he tries to resurrect his dying church.
On odd friendship forms and they work to help each other. He helps her track down a clue so she can find and return the stolen money. She brings him out of shell to be more outgoing in his sermons and with his parishioners. Sylvia is walking a tightrope because as she guides the priest he seems to getting farther away from his church instead of closer.
God does work in mysterious ways. Sylvia noticed the "stone gable with a double bell cote projecting above all the nearby buildings" from her seat on the train. She hasn't set foot in a church since she was a teenager but it felt "the right place for her to be right now". That was how she ended up at St. Alban's. She needed guidance as did Father Christopher.
Mystery with a message. Great character development. Well paced, in fact I wish it would have ended so soon. I would love to read the next part of these character's journey.
My only flaw in this story is that the British snippets of language seemed forced. The setting worked wonderfully for the story but the dialogue needed a bit of alteration.
This was an enjoyable read. I read it all in one sitting. A nice escape.
Posted August 29, 2012
A whispered name to James' casual friend as he was yanked out of the police cruiser and as she was yanked out of the other door turned out to be Sylvia's quest for finding Richard Witherspoon. Sylvia wasn't sure what the significance of the name was or if it was a puzzle for her to solve, but she definitely was going to find out.
After Sylvia left the prison and was free to go, she ventured on her own back to London, but during the return trip, she noticed a church and decided to stop. Aren't churches supposed to help the weary and down trodden?
At the church, she found Father Christopher and his five-parishioner church to be inviting, and so she boldly asked if she could stay in the rectory. Much to his own surprise, he said yes.
Sylvia's stay definitely livened things up as she tried to solve the puzzle of the name Richard Witherspoon. As time went on, Sylvia and the priest realized they were good for each other....two lonely souls helping each other and becoming friends with Sylvia leading the way and helping Father Christopher to get his parish back and she trying to solve the mystery of the whispered name.
The book's characters were delightful. The priest was funny, lonely, and questioning his fit as a priest. Sylvia was inquisitive, determined, and quirky. Father Christopher's cook was definitely stuffy.
If you need a break from serious, this is the book you will want to read. It is quite enjoyable in terms of characters and plot....something different. It will also remind the reader about the human traits of caring and concern.
ENJOY!!! I definitely did. 5/5
This book was given to me free of charge by the author in return for an honest review.
Posted June 25, 2012
Sylvia the prostitute and Father Christopher the priest take us on a mysterious journey through England. In the process, they learn things about each other and themselves. This is a fun mystery, as well as a beautiful story of self-discovery and friendship.
The characters are rich in development, easy to love and empathize with. The plot moves at a good pace, and the mystery kept me guessing all the way through to the end. There is no strong language or graphic scenes of any sort, which makes this perfect entertainment for all readers.