#Bookreview – A Shudder from Heaven by Danny Kemp

Book reviews

Danny Kemp

What Amazon says

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.

My review

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.

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40 thoughts on “#Bookreview – A Shudder from Heaven by Danny Kemp

  1. Thank you for this unexpected delve into my complicated mind. I thoroughly enjoyed writing this novella, perhaps more so than any novel I’ve written. I loved the challenge of stepping away from my normal writing espionage life where the intrigue is more multitudinous than what the two protagonists faced in A Shudder From Heaven.

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  2. Hi Robbie. You’ve intrigued me. I avoid books where the central character is a female, struggling with circumstance or emotion — written by a man. (They seem to play to stereotypes of how traditional society says a woman *should* be and even feel.)
    However, you’ve made this one sound valid and interesting.

    Thanks for another mindful review. Best of luck to Danny. Hugs to you both.

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    1. Thanks for your comment, Teagan. I thought Danny’s take from the female perspective was rather refreshing. The two females in this book are far from the stereotypical female “throw your hands up in despair” type. They are both exhibit surprising character traits. It is fascinating.

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  3. Thank you for sharing this review Robbie.
    ” 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. “…..

    How true that statement it.. We all of us ‘See’ from our own perspectives and viewpoints mainly ingrained and coloured by others..
    Its difficult to separate and define and I think we all have to search our consciousness within to find deeper meaning and answers..

    Thank you for sharing.. ❤ Sending love and well wishes for your weekend.

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  4. Riveting review Robbie. I’m dashing over to Amazon to get Danny’s book! Thanks. And Robbie, please share all your reviews in the literary divas group both on FB and MeWe, we appreciate seeing book reviews in those particular groups. 🙂 x

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  5. A great review for what sounds like an intriguing book. I know the author through social media but haven’t yet read any of his books. I must make time, for sure.
    Have a lovely week, Robbie!

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