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.
Want out of the ordinary, brave and confronting writing that will leave you wondering if it ever gets much better? Lisa Samson is your gal! The Passion of Mary-Margaret is beautiful and haunting as it delves into the secret depths of a woman’s heart and the conflicting passion she has for her God and a man embittered by a fractured childhood and licentious lifestyle. Brilliant characterisation by Lisa brings Mary-Margaret, Jude, Sister Angelica and every other character to grace the pages of this book, to tangible life with their failings and strengths authentically displayed. Reading this book takes concentration for which you will be well rewarded ~ it is written in both past and present tense and in true Samson style, complex issues of faith, morality and human pain are tackled with candour and without apology. Redemption and sacrifice are indelible parts of the Christian experience but The Passion of Mary-Margaret will make you look a little closer at the peace and hope God offers.
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