The Priest of Santa Maria (The Beginning of the End Book 1) – Guest Post Review
A Catholic priest fresh out of the seminary. A mysterious young woman in hiding from her past with a secret that could destroy the Church.
Christiano finds himself obliged to act as the temporary minister of a small town convent. There he meets the captivating Angelica who, unknown to him, has been seeking refuge at the convent under the supervision of the abbess. Within a month, sparks ignite between them, but the abbess intervenes demanding that Christiano leave the convent before she reports his conduct to the Monsignor. Little do they know his timely arrival is about to clash with Angelica’s dangerous past. This leads to catastrophic events that shatter the very foundations of the convent and change the lives of all involved.
Forced to flee the abbey, Christiano reluctantly takes on the role of Angelica’s protector as destiny throws them together on a journey he cannot refuse. Pursued by a malevolent alliance intent on capturing Angelica, dead or alive, they face insurmountable danger as they race across Italy to keep her and the secret safe.
Can the mild-mannered Christiano rise to the challenge?
The Priest of Santa Maria is the first in the religious thriller trilogy by Alexandra Kleanthous. If you like fast-paced action and a gripping tale, then you’ll love this original and exciting debut novel that’s filled with page-turning suspense, plus a little romance thrown in for good measure.
Buy The Priest of Santa Maria today and join Christiano and Angelica on their momentous chase across Italy!
The Priest of Santa Maria by Alexandra Kleanthous is a remarkable, suspenseful religious thriller with memorable characters, beautifully descriptive writing, and an intense one-of-a-kind storyline which readers will find unable to put down.
The story opens with a mysterious and ancient parchment with primal instructions inscribed in another language constructed by a talented Babylonian craftsman before the death of Christ. Later, to be pieced together by a Swiss grandfather/daughter duo who have been waiting their entire lives for such an enigmatic and unknown cosmical force. A wondrous discovery of the unexplainable connection to a bold and beautifully bright star, but what does it all mean or represent? Certainly, a grand mystery that leaves readers fascinated and eager to find out!
With terrific, suspenseful foreshadowing and a fun, unique style of writing, Alexandra Kleanthous showers her readers with a vivid description of every scene that never fails to make it feel like a reality. Young and new, Father Christiano gets a tour of the beautiful church and convent. He admires the art, exquisite beauty and the quietness of his surroundings. However, he finds more than he expected when he finds himself protecting Angelica, a beautiful, mysterious woman with whom he crosses paths. In The Priest of Santa Maria, the vivid and detailed words of the author, Alexandra Kleanthous, completely pulled me in, captivated and fully engaged me. With feelings of being amongst her characters, I learned of their genuineness and felt them living throughout their journey, which made The Priest of Santa Maria hard to put down. This book is filled with action and adventure, gripping readers with suspense while pleasing with a bit of intriguing romantic narrative.
I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed this riveting and gripping tale; it kept me interested and immersed the entire time. The plot was exciting, and I thought Kleanthous did a great job with keeping readers always guessing. A definite page-turner, Artisan Book Reviews recommends The Priest of Santa Maria by Alexandra Kleanthous for all that are looking for an exciting, interesting and entertaining summer read! A great enjoyment till the very end!
Guest review contributed by Artisan Book Reviews & Promotion.