Mary-Margaret was an orphan from birth; at least, that's how her grandmother told it. Her mother died giving birth to her, and her father; a nameless, faceless, raping seminarian was never a part of her life. At least, that's the story her mother, Mary Margaret the first, came home saying was the truth. So Mary-Margaret was raised by her grandmother and aunt who was special.
Born in 1930 on a beautiful island off Chesapeake Bay, Mary-Margaret knows exactly what she wants to be. A religious sister. Despite the mysteries of her past, she simply wants to be in love with Jesus and serve Him the rest of her life. But when He asks the impossible of her before she takes her vows, will she be able to truly follow Him with all her heart, mind, and soul? Or is marrying Jude just asking too much?
Religious Sister Marries Syphilitic Male Prostitute. All I can say is, "WOW". There are so many thoughts I had going into this book, and while the beginning tended to drag a little, by the middle of the story, it was a vibrant recollection of a life. The constant back and forth between the present day and the past always makes for a good story and it brings a certain tone you cannot get any other way. Samson took some very big risks in this novel. She dealt with some heavy issues that we still do not have the answers for. While she didn't go to extreme detail about certain vices, sins, and human error; it was enough to get a glimpse of what we are capable of becoming if not for the grace of God.
I can't believe I've never stopped by to review this book because it's my favorite! I love the way Lisa Samson shows readers the beauty of the human spirit, and she did so again in this novel. While reading The Passion of Mary Margaret, I was reminded over and over again that even when our lives look unattractive on earth, God sees us as beautiful. This is the most tender, thought-provoking novel I've read in years.
This book did not begin at all like I expected. I read the first few chapters wondering if I would finish it at all. By the end of the book I can say it was one of the best I have read in a long time. Ms Samson really makes the characters believable - drawing you into their lives. Most of all her message of redemption, mercy, grace and helping the needy were delivered in such a fantastic way that you can't help but think about it in terms of your own life. I thought about the people in this book for days after I read it.
This was so different from my other favorite Lisa Samson book,"The Moment I Saw You," but I loved it even more. I was always in a hurry to know what would happen next and how it would all turn out. I was not disappointed. And the best way to end a book is to feel God's great love - I did.