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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katherine Valentine Narrator: Ron McLarty Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2002 ISBN: 9781449832438
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It’s a bitter cold Ash Wednesday in Dorsetville, New England, where the last wool mill shut down five years ago and only Yankee grit gets its citizens out of bed for another day of facing challenges with wry humor. Poor in worldly goods but rich in faith and compassion, the people of the town have been bound together for generations by the gaudy monolith of St. Cecilia’s church, long a white elephant to the Catholic archdiocese and now slated to close—after the last mass on Easter Sunday.

Father James Flaherty despairs of turning the parish finances around, or even of fixing the cantankerous furnace. What will become of his flock? And what about their beloved eighty-two-year-old Father Keene, increasingly eccentric but beatific, who had planned to live out his days at St. Cecilia’s? Diners at the Country Kettle—where plates have never matched but you get the best cup of coffee in the valley—worry, too. Among them is waitress Lori Peterson, who needs her own miracle: a bone-marrow match for her husband, Bob; and Matthew Metcalf, a rash young genius in trouble at Dorsetville High for hacking into its computer and inadvertently exposing some embarrassing secrets.

Delightful and moving, with a cast of endearing and quirky characters, A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s will warm hearts and enchant readers everywhere.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A heartwarming affirmation of the power of faith…Sure to please.”

    Jennifer Chiaverini, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Valentine’s prose is readable, and unlike most Christian fiction, this novel features devout Catholics, who resemble their fictional Protestant counterparts in every way except one: they drink.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A warmly affirming story…A beguiling mix of characters in a sunny story that faithfully emphasizes the positive. Sweet soul food.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Break forth into singing! Here is a story of faith and community and hope beyond hope.”

    Lynne Hinton, author of Friendship Cake and Garden of Faith

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judith | 2/16/2014

    " This is a Catholic version of the Mitford series. The similarities are many, including a quote in book two by the sheriff, "Dorsetville takes care of its own." The author writes much more openly about the supernatural than Jan Karon does. If you can get past the rosaries, Hail Marys, and genuflecting, you'll enjoy being transported to a quaint New England village. Definitely a "gentle read." "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne Stein | 2/4/2014

    " I loved this book, to the point that I stayed up way too late to finish reading it. Really cared about the characters and the church and was thrilled with the way things unfolded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peachy~Bebe | 1/27/2014

    " Really enjoyed reading this book ~ it was uplifting and hopeful. The writing was friendly, the characters were believable, and the storyline was great. Would recommend to anyone! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thalia | 1/27/2014

    " Okay, first, you must remember what kind of book this is. It's goody-goody, cozy and non-excitable. I loved the fact it was about Catholics AND it wasn't portraying us in a bad light, just ordinary Christians, practicing their faith. I thought the author did a commendable job of gently explaining "Catholic Stuff". The premise of the story was awesome. The only failure here was she could have taken it a little further. For example: Dear wifey, working, taking care of her cancer suffering husband, is feeling hopeless and suddenly there's a marrow match and that's the last we hear of it. Lots in the first part, none in the second....this sort of thing broke the continuity. Plus I would have liked to know more about the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana Marie | 1/25/2014

    " This book was amazing! I loved Katherine Valentine's close knit community and have officially decided that I am inserting myself into this book and living there for the rest of my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pam | 1/19/2014

    " A series I found by chance on the library shelves and have really enjoyed. The audio edition isn't listed here. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 1/9/2014

    " St. Cecilia's has been in Dorsetville forever, but with a dwindling population and no money for upkeep, it's time for the church to close. Catholic-based, lots of prayers, but a warm story of the people who make up the community. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janet | 12/31/2013

    " The characters come alive in this book whose story contains a great message of faith and hope. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 12/17/2013

    " Fun, light read in the Christian fic genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ishki | 12/17/2013

    " Was looking for something similar to Jan Karon's books. This was enjoyable; I will be reading more. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 12/5/2013

    " I like books about quirky people in small towns (Mitford series, First Ladies Detective series, Harmony series etc.) and this is definitely in that vein. However, I just thought it was OK - not terribly interesting. I don't think I will go any further into this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 12/2/2013

    " I really enjoyed this uplifting, faith filled book. It is filled with lovely characters and seemed to me to be a realistic portrait of a close community. I cried with sadness and with joy throughout the book. It's message of hope and faith came at a perfect time for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 11/29/2013

    " Sort of a Roman Catholic version of Jan Karon's Mitford series, a fun light read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathrine | 11/20/2013

    " Very much like the Jan Karon's Mitford books. If you like those, you will like these. Especially enjoyable if you live in CT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca Thomas | 11/3/2013

    " This book wants to be Mitford, but its definitely not. I enjoyed it, but didn't love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 8/24/2013

    " I love this heartwarming tale about carrying on with hope in the midst of setbacks and trials. A beautiful story about faith! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen | 6/29/2013

    " I first read this series about 5 years ago and loved them all. This one was just as good the second time around. Some have called them a "Catholic Mitford" series. I haven't read the Mitford books but the characters in this series are very endearing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Babbittj | 6/23/2013

    " Enjoyable small town and the sweet miracles in the Catholic faith. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Clare | 5/31/2013

    " This small town tale has its share of interesting characters (what small town doesn't?) and is a great light read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 2/3/2013

    " This book about the people in Dorsetville trying to save their church from closing had appealing characters. Nevertheless, I found the book altogether too preachy. This book was supposed to be a novel but it read like a religious tract. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra Kent | 12/21/2012

    " What a fabulous book this was to read. It was a bit tough at the beginning but as you met the characters and got to know them, the story began to flow. This book will go to my list of favorite stories!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherry Edwards | 12/1/2012

    " It was a little too religious for me, but I finished. I probably won't read another one by her. I liked the characters and the story was pretty good. At least it kept me reading so I could see how it would turn-out. Everything was a little too perfect. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Morefield | 10/1/2012

    " So good! It was uplifting, light, and easy... A winner for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 8/3/2012

    " Great for summer reading. It is a light and enjoyable read. It is very uplifting. The story about how the author came to write this book is interesting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/23/2012

    " I was happy to find an inspirational fiction book centered around Catholicism because they are hard to find. It was a quick read, full of dialogue. It was a heartwarming story with kind and thoughtful characters. Lighter, gentle reading that wasn't overly preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 8/17/2011

    " My favorite part of the books in this series is the Catholic faith of the characters. The stories have Catholicism woven throughout, in an everyday sort of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacy | 6/29/2011

    " Read the Jan Karon books, and this series was recommended to me at our local Catholic store, since I enjoyed those. I found this to be as enjoyable as the Karon books. This is a wonderful series, with a charming town and inhabitants. Great to find something like this with the Catholic background. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathrine | 5/24/2011

    " Very much like the Jan Karon's Mitford books. If you like those, you will like these. Especially enjoyable if you live in CT! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/7/2011

    " I was happy to find an inspirational fiction book centered around Catholicism because they are hard to find. It was a quick read, full of dialogue. It was a heartwarming story with kind and thoughtful characters. Lighter, gentle reading that wasn't overly preachy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sandra | 9/19/2010

    " What a fabulous book this was to read. It was a bit tough at the beginning but as you met the characters and got to know them, the story began to flow. This book will go to my list of favorite stories!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/15/2010

    " St. Cecilia's has been in Dorsetville forever, but with a dwindling population and no money for upkeep, it's time for the church to close. Catholic-based, lots of prayers, but a warm story of the people who make up the community. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 3/2/2010

    " I loved this book, to the point that I stayed up way too late to finish reading it. Really cared about the characters and the church and was thrilled with the way things unfolded. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn | 8/30/2009

    " I love this heartwarming tale about carrying on with hope in the midst of setbacks and trials. A beautiful story about faith! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana | 6/24/2009

    " This book was amazing! I loved Katherine Valentine's close knit community and have officially decided that I am inserting myself into this book and living there for the rest of my life. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ishki | 2/10/2009

    " Was looking for something similar to Jan Karon's books. This was enjoyable; I will be reading more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peachy~Bebe | 1/10/2009

    " Really enjoyed reading this book ~ it was uplifting and hopeful. The writing was friendly, the characters were believable, and the storyline was great. Would recommend to anyone! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rose | 1/1/2009

    " My favorite part of the books in this series is the Catholic faith of the characters. The stories have Catholicism woven throughout, in an everyday sort of way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deborah | 12/2/2008

    " Great for summer reading. It is a light and enjoyable read. It is very uplifting. The story about how the author came to write this book is interesting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 10/20/2008

    " I like books about quirky people in small towns (Mitford series, First Ladies Detective series, Harmony series etc.) and this is definitely in that vein. However, I just thought it was OK - not terribly interesting. I don't think I will go any further into this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 3/27/2008

    " Sort of a Roman Catholic version of Jan Karon's Mitford series, a fun light read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara | 1/24/2008

    " I really enjoyed this uplifting, faith filled book. It is filled with lovely characters and seemed to me to be a realistic portrait of a close community. I cried with sadness and with joy throughout the book. It's message of hope and faith came at a perfect time for me. "

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About the Author

Katherine Valentine is the author of A Miracle for St. Cecilia’s, winner of an honorable mention by the Catholic Press Association; A Gathering of Angels, winner of a Popular Presentation Award of the Catholic Faith from the Catholic Press Association; Grace Will Lead Me Home; and On a Wing and a Prayer.

About the Narrator

Ron McLarty is a veteran actor of television, film, and stage as well as an award-winning audiobook narrator. He has more than 100 television appearances to his credit, including as a series regular on Spencer for Hire and Law & Order. His film career began in 1977 with a performance in The Sentinel and continued with such films as The Postman, Flamingo Kid, and, most recently, How Do You Know? His stage credits include Broadway and other productions. He has narrated more than 100 audiobooks, earning nine Earphones Awards and recognition by AudioFile magazine as a Best Voice in Mystery & Suspense in 2009 and 2010. He has twice been a finalist for the prestigious Audie Awards and then won the award in 2001 for Best Mystery Narration. He is also an accomplished playwright and an acclaimed novelist.