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A Shudder From Heaven is a story of two Spanish Catholic priests, one a Cardinal and the other a novice Jesuit who both commit suicide because of the actions a young, ambitious Italian girl. Teresa Ramos, the mother of the novice priest and sister to the Cardinal, herself a devout believer in God, must search her conscience in order to seek retribution.
A Shudder From Heaven is an unusual and enthralling book. Therese is a woman satisfied with her life. Her husband has passed away and she seeks happiness and fulfillment through her family and strong religious faith. She is proud of her brother, a cardinal in the Catholic Church, and her only son who is studying to be a Jesuit Priest. The circumstances of life are not, however, always what they appear to be and Therese comes to realise that faith can be sorely tried and tested when events stray from their expected path and when you discover that you have nothing to lose by taking the path of retribution.
This book provides some interesting insights into different people’s interpretation of religion and religious beliefs and how all people are fallible, in the right set of circumstances, not matter how good or strong they believe they are. This book also explores the concepts of misguided loyalty, devotion and arrogance by the Morentti’s, a rich and powerful Italian family, who have no respect for the sanctity of the church and who are prepared to go to any lengths to get what they want.
Therese is an intriguing character who changes, over the course of the book, from being a deeply religious woman all set to guide her family along the path of righteousness to a woman who has lost everything; family, faith and friends. Can Therese overcome her pain and salvage her soul? You’ll have to read the book to find out.