This book is an older one, written in 1986, that I recently read and thought a review was in order since many readers love to haunt old bookstores. Greeley is an author you should check out since he writes about the church authentically and honestly.
What started as a childhood rivalry, really a love-hate relationship, stopped when they shared a heart-felt moment back when they were just children. Anne Reilly and Michael Casey shared the moment. It was the first time they discovered they might like each other and maybe something more. They grew up in the same neighborhood and church. As adults, their paths cross again and awaken some old feelings. Those emotions might develop into full -bodied passion. The only problem is will they admit feelings exist and they will allow it.
Meanwhile, Anne is suffering a torturous inner-life. Her past has been full of failed relationships, a grief she cannot bear and a guilt she cannot assuage. Her religion is both her salvation and her punishment. Her present is riddled with what she believes is preparation and a preview of her punishment for what she has done. A crazy series of events make her doubt reality and think the supernatural has overcome her.
This is a love story and a mystery. It will keep you guessing as to what is going on. As you are unraveling the mystery, you will find yourself doubting the truth.
If you never read an Andrew M Greeley novel, you are in for a treat. As a priest, he writes about the Catholic Church with humor and a little irreverence. You get a peek at a priest who is a human being first and a Catholic second.
His characters are full – fleshed people you would love to have the honor of meeting. They are complex human beings with a special something that sets them apart. They are real with their foibles and extraordinary gifts, But they are people make no doubt about it. The characters who come with secrets and pasts but still are sinners reaching for heaven.