A divorced woman revisits a life-changing decision and confronts her church in this novel by the New York Times–bestselling author of Stranger in Paradise.
Gerry Fitzgerald kneels before the altar, moments away from the most important decision of her life. She is about to take her vows in the sisterhood of God, and yet she is not at peace. Anything but. Doubt fills her heart and she is torn with guilt. She found illicit passion in the arms of Father Jim, and now she is pregnant with the baby they have conceived. Is she ready to give it up? When it is her turn to speak, she runs. She has the child but gives her up for adoption, and thirty years later begins to question her decision. A reunion with her long-lost daughter reopens old wounds, and she begins to consider confronting Father Jim about his baby. Once Gerry ran from the church; this time the church will fight back. This ebook features an illustrated biography of Eileen Goudge including rare photos from the author’s personal collection.
Taste of Honey is the 2nd book in the Carson Springs Novels, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
An uncanny prescience must have inspired the plot of Goudge's current novel, which seems ripped from recent headlines. The protagonist is Gerry Fitzgerald, a feisty, divorced woman with an intriguing past who played a supporting role in Stranger in Paradise, set in Carson Springs, Calif. Nearly 30 years ago, Gerry was about to take her vows as a nun, but literally fled the altar, pregnant by her parish priest. Now, divorced with two teenage children and an ongoing liaison with symphony conductor Aubrey Roellinger, Gerry is still involved with the church as a beekeeper at the local convent. A deep-seated sadness and curiosity lead her to search for the daughter she gave up for adoption. She and Claire connect, and their reunion is an emotional one. When Claire decides to confront her father, Goudge gingerly explores the Church's response as exemplified in Father Jim's power to ruin Gerry's life once more. Goudge also tackles the issue of adoption and gives a refreshingly unsentimental take on how an adopted child adjusts to newfound family and vice versa. But her forte is portraying how relationships tick, as she explores the connections made by Gerry, Claire and other couples developed in previous novels. Along the way to a traditional happy ending, Goudge packs in plenty of drama and suspense as she continues to flesh out the much-beloved residents of Carson Springs.