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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 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: 9781440743771
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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

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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 eight 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.