Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Book: The Passion of Mary-Margaret

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Passion of Mary Margaret

Thomas Nelson (March 10, 2009)


Lisa Samson


Lisa Samson is a Christy Award-winning author of 19 books, including the Women of the Faith Novel of the Year, Quaker Summer. Lisa has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as "a talented novelist who isn't afraid to take risks."

Her novel Embrace Me has been named as one of Library Journal's books of the year.

She lives in Lexinton, Kentucky, with her husband and three kids.

She stays busy by writing, volunteering at Kentucky Refugee Ministries, raising children and trying to be supportive of a husband in seminary. (Trying...some days she's downright awful. It's a good thing he's such a fabulous cook!) She can tell you one thing, it's never dull around there.


Mary-Margaret accepts a calling that surpasses her wildest dreams . . . and challenges her deep faith.

When Mary-Margaret Danaher met Jude Keller, the lightkeeper's son, she was studying at convent school on a small island in the Chesapeake Bay. Destined for a life as a religious sister, she nevertheless felt a pull toward Jude-rough and tumble, promiscuous Jude.

After sojourning as a medical missions sister in Swaziland, Mary-Margaret returns to the island to prepare for her final vows. Jude, too, returns to the island, dissolute and hardened. Mary-Margaret can hardly believe it when the Spirit tells her she must marry the troubled boy who befriended her all those years ago, forsaking the only life she ever wanted for a man she knows she'll never love.


So, I have no idea if I'll be able to post this properly seeing as at the moment you're reading this we are in Saudi Arabia... But I finished this book, The Passion of Mary-Margaret, last week, all 310 pages in under 3 days. It was that good.

This is the second book I've read by Lisa Samson and I haven't even read the one she's most well known for, Quaker Summer. My reactions to this book... I'm keeping this one! It's told in a flashback style and has so many twists that I think I could probably read it a few more times and get more out of it each time. The flashback setting of the story takes place between about 1940 and 1960 with the "present time" being the years 2000 - 2002.

It started out a little slow and you could see where it was going in some ways so I just kept waiting for it to "get there", but I don't think it would have had the richness if it was told any other way. It's an amazing story of this girl's devotion to Christ and the craziness it took her through.

That being said, it was not an easy read. It deals with some of the social issues of that time (particularly racism) as well as things that are just as much a problem in our society today, if not more so (drugs and abuse). However it's done in a very straightforward manner, not as an attempt to shock the reader. I would NOT recommend this for teenagers, but highly recommend it to adults.

If you would like to read the first chapter of The Passion of Mary Margaret , go HERE

1 comment:

  1. I am SO excited to find out that Lisa Samson has written another book! My mom and I are big fans of hers.


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