When visiting Ballymorris in Ireland for a funeral, a down on his luck American reporter learns of a story that happened only months after his last visit many years before A group of four teenagers, three of whom are family friends, claimed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary Almost twenty years later, one of them denies it ever happened, another has left the small tWhen visiting Ballymorris in Ireland for a funeral, a down on his luck American reporter learns of a story that happened only months after his last visit many years before A group of four teenagers, three of whom are family friends, claimed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary Almost twenty years later, one of them denies it ever happened, another has left the small town, never to be heard from again, another has become a nun, and the fourth has been locked away in a psychiatric ward for many years At the time, news of the visitation brought much wealth and tourism to this dreary Irish town, but as the years went by, and after the Pope refused to officially recognize it as a true Marian Apparition, what had been seen as a miracle began to feel like a curse, and this reporter believes there is to the story than the townspeople are letting on.As he seeks out each of the four stories, each begins to take a different and sinister turn Surrounded by secrecy and confusion, the journalist must decide how much of what he s uncovering is the truth, how much of it is lies, and much he can trust the four witnesses one of whom he s become infatuated with or for that matter, himself.Immaculate Heart is a novel where nothing is certain and everything should be questioned Camille DeAngelis will leave you guessing what is real and what is only just a vision.
Immaculate Heart When visiting Ballymorris in Ireland for a funeral a down on his luck American reporter learns of a story that happened only months after his last visit many years before A group of four teenagers t
I received this book as a giveaway.Immaculate Heart by Camille DeAngelis was, at first, difficult for me to get into at first; however, once I did it has been the most lyrical of books that I have read in quite a while. The language is beautiful and moves so smoothly - is it was one of the reasons I was able to continue on; I wanted to hear the Irish accent in my mind.The book is about an American reporter who comes back to Ireland for his Uncle Johnny's funeral. Well, that's the main reason. T [...]
I loved her book before this Bones & All because it was such a different premise. I missed this one when it came out last year. Then through a random tweet from the author and a couple of more tweets she asked if I had read it. She said it was different than Bones & All but still had the wtf factor. On that recommendation I did take the plunge and started reading it that night. I am so glad I did! It turned out to be nothing like I expected. We look back on an event that happened twenty [...]
Loved this book. Part religious mystery, part personal journey, it follows an American reporter as he tries to learn more about a sighting of the Virgin Mary in Ireland. The writer is so talented in bringing us into this world.
The author and I follow each other on social media. I read (loved, positively reviewed) one of her books "Bones & All" years ago. She encouraged me to give her latest book a try, and finally I did. I'm not sure how I feel about it. The concept--that a Marian apparition is not a blessing--becomes more interesting when the author leaves you to wonder if the apparition was not Mary, but perhaps a demon.
compelling and upsetting.
Link: holedupinabook/2This book started off a little slow and then it became quite fascinating for me. It also reminded me of The Wonder which I had reviewed a long time ago because they both dealt with these weird “supernatural”/”spiritual” situations and the main character basically went to investigate to find the truth. Also, I noticed that in this book, the reporter’s name was never mentioned. At least I don’t recall his name at all and I even checked and everyone just refers hi [...]
YAY!!!A new book only a year after the most recent?! The Book Powers That Be (and Camille, of course) have blessed us!Looking forward to reading it!!
Strange story. Kept waiting for something, anything to happen. The ending was unexpected, I think. Not sure what really happened! Disappointing!
I love a good mystery. Add that to a personal journey and throw in Ireland and you have a damn good read.
An intriguing and well executed plot; it keeps you charging through the book with great anticpation. The ending was (in hindsight) well signposted, but jarring nonetheless.