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Bless Us Father [Kindle Edition]

Kathy Pratt
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Book Description

Fifteen year old schoolgirl, Mary Margaret Riley, takes a job in the Catholic Church rectory answering telephones in 1963. Father Antonio Velasquez arrives at the parish having just been transferred from Boston. Mary Margaret is flattered at the attention he pays her, and is honored when he appoints her his special assistant. But when Father’s compliments turn into inappropriate touching, Mary Margaret is first shocked, then flattered, then inconsolable, but always silent. She tries to approach her mother but, as usual, is admonished. Her dad, though loving, is absent, which leaves Mary Margaret terribly alone to deal with this manipulative, lecherous priest.

Fast forward to 2007. Mary Margaret, now Maggie, goes to Los Angeles for settlement conferences with the Los Angeles Archdiocese. While there, she meets another victim of priestly sexual abuse, Javier Lopez, and the two become friends as they share stories of their lives scarred by the abuse, and their hope that the future will be made easier for them when they receive their monetary award. More important for Maggie, is being able to once again meet Father Antonio face to face and tell him of how he ruined her life.

Product Details

  • File Size: 673 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Publisher: Krystal Blue Publishing (November 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,065,438 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FOR A BOOK DISCUSSION GROUP December 3, 2011
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Mary Margaret is fifteen. She wants to wear lipstick and attract boys. Her mother wants her to take a job at the church answering phones.
Mary Margaret doesn't want the job. She thinks the priest is a drunk and says so.
Her mother says Mary Margaret is "fresh" and shouldn't speak badly about their pastor.
Mary Margaret wishes she had the kind of mother she could confide in.
She's going to wish it more when the new priest shows up. Father Antonio Velasquez is the handsomest man Mary Margaret has ever seen and will turn out to be an evil monster who will steal her innocence.
BLESS US FATHER is easy to read. The heroine is likeable. The rest of the characters are interesting to read about. This excellent book is a page turner.
As a book discussion leader, I'm interested in the questions a book makes me ask
What makes a man a pedophile?
How much damage can be caused by a pedophile?
Could the damage be mitigated by a sympathetic mother who believes her daughter and will put up a fight for her? (Margaret's mother is too charmed by Father Antonio to recognize his malevolence.)
What happens to you if at a later date you're able to go to court and get a sizeable sum for the damage done to you? Does money help?
Great read and lots to discuss.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good July 13, 2012
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I enjoyed this book, though there were some typographical errors, which I find to be rather common in free e-books. The story begins in a time when I was the same age as the heroine, and so I could identify with her innocence. Overall a satisfying read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable.... February 16, 2013
By Lulu
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I started and finished this book in one's a story but in truth I'm sure has happened to young people and still happens more than we realize. I would recommend it for anyone to read both young and old. Once I started reading I could not put the book down until I finished it! It should be made into a movie!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Identify With January 7, 2013
By Ashley
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The first thing I noticed when I began to read the book is that it has a really weird font, the kind that you would see from a typewriter. The font was distracting throughout the story. A different font would definitely improve the book.
Although the main character, Mary Margaret, was not much younger than me, I had a hard time identifying with her. She was two completely different people throughout the story; a mean, selfish brat at home and a kind, generous person elsewhere. While teenagers do have mixed emotions and mood swings, this seemed a little drastic to me. I'm sure, on the other hand, that people with different experiences would identify differently.
The book is very detailed about the girl's experiences. Readers will know exactly what happened and exactly what she felt about it, physically and emotionally. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but be prepared for it.
I have not been in an abusive situation, nor do I know anyone who has been in a similar situation, so I cannot address the reality of the story. All the same, whether the story is true-to-life or not, the story did cause me to feel more compassion toward those who really have experienced a situation like this one, and it made me want to stand up for them.
I got this book while it was available for free. I would recommend reading it if you have the time and are able to get it for an inexpensive price.
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More About the Author

Kathy Pratt, a Registered Nurse, has been writing since junior high school. Her projects include articles for nursing journals, a medical thriller novel, travel columns for a newspaper, a Conversational English book for Finnish learners of English, a time-travel romance novel, a contemporary romance, and a young adult historical. Kathy's books are not intended to be great works of literature. Kathy just wants to tell a good story that will allow those that read them to escape for awhile. When not writing, Kathy loves to travel the world and has been to 24 countries, some of them two and three times. She also enjoys painting, making jewelry, and working part-time as a hospice nurse. Kathy lives in Southern California with her husband. She is a guild member for, developed to support emotional healing through art & creative expression for those living with pain, grief, fear or stress.

Kathy wants to thank everyone who has read her books and taken the time to write a review. She hopes that all of you love her books but knows that is unrealistic since she doesn't always love every book she reads. Thank you all for taking the time to read them.

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