Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for The Girl’s Book of Priesthood by Louise Rowland. Before I share my review here’s what the book is all about.
July 2016. Margot Goodwin arrives as the new curate at St. Mark’s Highbury. She’s one part exhilarated, ten parts terrified.
This is the most important twelve months of her life. success would mean becoming a fully-fledged priest a year from now, something she feels profoundly called to do. Failure would not prove only her father right, but also delight all those in the anti camp who consider woman priests an abomination.
Can she convince everyone – herself included – that she’s more than a five foot eight redhead with a PhD and a penchant for Max Factor’s Mulberry Lipfinity?
Having been a member of a few different churches over the years, this was a very enjoyable read indeed. It really did feel like the curtain had been drawn back on the Anglican Church, that I was seeing the private lives, (warts and all), of church leaders and their faithful parishioners.
I liked Margot and was on her side right from the first page. I loved that she didn’t have all the answers about life and faith, that she wasn’t arrogant, like some church leaders definitely can be. I could almost feel her holding her breath as she got closer and closer to the big day, not knowing if she would be accepted or if someone would disapprove of her in some way and stop it from happening.
She had to deal with some very interesting characters, some lovely and some incredibly toxic. I really admired the way she handled them with grace and love, especially when she didn’t feel like it.
I definitely recommend this if you looking for something a bit different in the contemporary fiction genre.
Thanks to Anne Cater for inviting me onto the blog tour and for sending me a copy of the book.
Louise Rowland grew up in Bournemouth and studied English at Cambridge. She went on to work as a speech-writer, journalist and copywriter – including 11 years in Munich, Frankfurt, Paris and Amsterdam. She has a Masters in Novel Writing from City University, where she won the course prize. She lives in London with her husband and has two grown-up daughters.
The Girls’ Book of Priesthood is her first novel.