Title: Woman of God
Author: James Patterson and Maxine Paetro
Publish Date: September 26, 2016
# of Pages: 362
(**Warning** Possible spoilers)
(From Goodreads) St. Peter’s Square, Rome. White smoke signals that a new Pope has been chosen. Is it possible that the new Pope…is a woman?
The world is watching as historic crowds gather in Rome, waiting for news of a new Pope, one who promises to be unlike any other in the Church’s history. Some followers are ecstatic, but the leading candidate has made a legion of powerful enemies.
From a difficult childhood with drug addled parents, to a career as a doctor on the front lines in Sudan, to a series of trials that test her faith at every turn, Brigid Fitzgerald’s convictions and callings have made her the target of all those who fear that the Church has lost its way–dangerous adversaries who abhor challenges to tradition. Locked in a deadly, high-stakes battle with forces determined to undermine everything she believes in, Brigid must convert her enemies to her cause before she loses her faith…and her life.
Woman of God follows the life of Brigid Fitzgerald as she serves as a physician in a war-torn nation and later, as a priest. Brigid rocks the world and people’s expectations as she helps to reinvent the norms of Catholicism.
I really enjoyed this audiobook! While religion is front and center in this book, it’s featured in a way that it never comes off as preachy. Brigid is a likable, vibrant character who has the very worst luck. The story premise is interesting, and I honestly wasn’t sure what the outcome of the book was going to be (which is always nice).
Overall, I enjoyed the audiobook, but there were a couple things I struggled with. First, the amount of bad luck Brigid has borders on ludicrous. Seriously, any man who loves her is doomed for the coffin. The intent may have been for everyone to marvel at her faith–still believing despite her sorry lot in life–but it came off as absurd towards the end of the book. Another thing I struggled with were the time jumps. This book covers Brigid’s life over the course of man years, but the time jumps within the chapters were not always obvious.
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