In 19th century New Brunswick - during a time when Catholics where shunned and struggled to survive - Alice, abused and corrupted by her father's bigotry, weaves a web of deceit that eventually affects the whole town. To achieve her ultimate goal of independence from her father, the town Pastor, she must stoop to unthinkable depths even she can't fathom.
Believing the hand of God is guiding her way, and unaware of the events spiraling out of control, she is led down a path of no return, hoping that in the end the man she secretly loves will be at her side. Unbeknownst to Alice he is battling his own demons, not the least of which is choosing between the woman he is obligated to take care of and the one he secretly loves - neither of which is Alice.
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Hitchcock-ian suprise ending!
I finished listening to Divine Intervention by Debra Swan a few days ago and I haven't stopped thinking about this story yet. The story centers on Alice, a pastor's daughter living in 19th century New Brunswick, Canada. She is abused and corrupted by her father's bigotry against Catholics, as are many of his congregation. What Alice wants more than anything is independence from her father and love from the man she works for, Simon, who is the town doctor. However, Simon is interested in another young lady who lives just outside of town. How Alice reacts to this revelation is at the heart of the story.
Although Dawn Harvey is listed as the narrator, this production includes an ensemble cast of actors lending their voices to the characters. Written in a screenplay manner, this story has multiple tragedies packed into two hours. The voice actors did a commendable job reflecting the proper amount of tone and emotion. Several even speak with an Irish brogue as if they were born and raised in Ireland.
Because I keep recalling this story, despite listening to two other audio books since finishing this one, I definitely recommend it. As an added bonus, at the conclusion of the story, there is an interesting interview with the voice actors!
Like I was there