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Let's take Father Christopher, for example. The good Father apparently thought he could take over a parish and not put much effort into the betterment of that parish and its' parishioners. A parish will not improve if the Pastor is lazy and just watches parish life ferment and rot. Effort has got to be put into making it bigger and better. But, like many different things, this fact was something Father Christopher needed pointed out to him. He had to be shown he had to 'feed his flock' or his sheep would be going elsewhere for nourishment.
Sylvia is a slightly different situation. Yes, she is a prostitute. And, aside from sexual, what talent would a prostitute develop fast other than learning how to judge people as to who they are and what makes them tick? With the problems she encountered because of her most recent 'john', she began doubting her profession. But, was it really doubt of her profession, or a deep seated insecurity within herself since childhood and accentuated because of legal problems because of the last 'john'? I personally think it is the latter of the two.
This story is well written and provokes thought about the story, as well as our own lives if you find yourself in a similar situation. The story dares to challenge a priest on his vows of chastity. For me, this story tackles this aspect superbly. It is not easy for a priest to remain celibate. This part of the story shows just how hard it can be, especially if your already in doubts about your abilities as a priest. The story flows smoothly, and is easy to read.
Sylvia is portrayed as a girl who can make people feel good about themselves. She promotes a sense of desire to improve, and of self worth in themselves. She makes people see where they need improvement. She also heals herself in that she comes to the decision that prostitution is the only thing she is good at. She knows how to be a prostitute. She feels comfortable in that role. No. This is not a role most of us would find comfort in, but we are not Sylvia. I personally think she would have made a fantastic social worker.
Now to the characters. I think the author has done a nice job in showing us that many people simply need someone to show some interest in their lives. He has made the people very real and human, with all the good as well as flaws of humans. We can relate to them in one manner or the other.
Pulled into a high profile crime by her client, prostitute Sylvia Smith does not know where to turn.
Alone and frightened, Sylvia seeks comfort at a rural church where she meets Father Christopher.
Father Christopher is a priest consumed with his own set of struggles. The good Father takes her in, rather reluctantly, and allows her to stay at the rectory with her bedroom on a different floor than his. Soon, he is drawn into Sylvia's obsession with the cryptic message that her client left behind as he was getting arrested. In their journey to solve the mystery, Sylvia and the priest struggle with their own journey into self discovery, the police, their own demons, and temptation.
I recommend this book highly.
I would restrict it to adults though. There are no actual sex scenes or blood and gore, but some of the topics might be objectionable to teens.
Was it true to life? Maybe. Who knows what goes on in churches, or with prostitutes. I did have some trouble believing that Sylvia had the money to support the things she did while staying with Father Christopher. I also had a wee bit of trouble believing a priest would go along with some of the ideas Sylvia had. It held my interest, and the mystery was nicely solved. I could recommend this book.
Fr. Christopher is running on spiritual empty and is questioning his vocation. Sylvia has just been arrested after being found in the company of a gentleman accused of stealing money from an armored truck. What does Sylvia do once released from jail? Sets out to prove the gentleman innocent. From page one, hilarity wreaks havoc.
Michael Scott Miller has done a superb job of capturing the essence of Catholicism and incorporating it into the life of a prostitute. Think you've got the ending all figured out? Think again!
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