The Girl’s Book of Priesthood by Louise Rowland
- Contemporary Fiction
- Women’s Fiction
‘I mean, you know, someone says “woman priest” and you think the whole grey-hair-bobbly-cardigan-house-full-of-cats thing, right?’
Margot Goodwin is a young curate struggling to survive her trial year in the parish, when everything and everyone seems hell-bent on stopping her. Success would mean becoming a fully-fledged priest, something she feels profoundly called to do. Failure would not only prove her father right, but would also delight all the antis who consider women priests at best a joke, at worst, an abomination. But from the very start, Margot faces a multitude of challenges, both personal and professional, from the hostile teenage daughter of her host family, to the married parishioner she is hopelessly drawn to.
Can she convince everyone – herself included – that she’s more than a lipstick-wearing, part-timer with a PhD, and realise her long-held dream of becoming a priest.
The Girl’s Book of Priesthood is Louise Rowland’s debut novel and its release date was to coincide with the anniversary of women’s ordination in March. In the book, we follow Margot Goodwin over the course of 12 months as she tried to integrate into the community as her role as a priest.
The premise of the book really spoke to me and I hadn’ really thought about all the complications and stress of such a powerful demanding role. Also, the reality that yes, there is a person behind the collar, with feelings and a life of their own, albeit dominated by their faith and their pledge to god.
A real insight although fictitious it still was an extremely thought-provoking read. Margot faces adversity and struggles throughout the 12 months. The book is threaded with humour too. Margot Goodwin is such a likeable and lovable character. One whom I would invite to my virtual fictitious character dinner party.
An encouraging read that made me change the way I look and think about people in important roles.
A beautifully written debut that opens you up to a whole new world and has you reflecting on your own actions and thoughts.
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