The new novel from the award-winning author of Golfing with God and Revere Beach Boulevard is the story of a young Catholic woman jolted from a quietly devout life in Boston by a miraculous call to action. Cynthia Piantedosi lives a quiet, unassuming life with her elderly father just outside of Boston. When she loses her beloved grandmother as a child, her faith takes a turn for the devout, and she begins experiencing what she describes as "spells"-moments of such intense prayer that she loses herself. Uninterested in boys and a social life, she develops a deep friendship with the parish priest, whose ideas are often seen as too provocative by his congregation but who encourages her to explore her spells. When he dies in a suspicious hit-and-run accident, the spells intensify, and their message begins to take shape: God is asking her to be the first female Catholic priest. She reaches out to other unreceptive officials within the Catholic establishment and is met with ridicule. Unable to tune out the divine messages, she leaves behind all that she knows, letting the power of her unswerving faith drive her all the way to the Vatican in pursuit of a destiny she doesn't fully understand-and a turn of events that will rock the church to its foundation.
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"Narrator Cassandra Campbell perfectly portrays the shy, spiritually sensitive Cynthia Piantedosi, a young Italian-American Catholic who lives with her widowed father and grandmother in Boston's suburbs. Although enrolled in nursing school, Cynthia is drawn to a life of prayer. Eventually, she experiences such spiritual intimacy that she questions her sanity when she becomes convinced that God wants her to become a priest. Campbell captures CynthiaÕs emotions and varied experiencesÑfrom visiting her dear friend, a provocative and radical priest, to traveling to the Vatican to speak with a cardinal. Listeners can rely on Campbell for a polished and compelling delivery of this controversial story of Catholic faith. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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