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What the critics said:

David Baker, Snapshots of A Marriage: "As erotically compelling as the Song of Songs."


Dan Barnett, Chico Enterprise-Record: "Sexually charged: I was struck by [Park Tracey's] lush, hothouse, erotic style."

Christa Martin, Santa Cruz Good Times: "Tongues of Angels swings open the doors to the Catholic Church, lifts up the chasuble and exposes what's underneath...Her novel talks about all the things [they] hope we won't talk about."

Kelly Vance, East Bay Express: "Hot under the collar? A scandalous yarn."

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Please see the 10th Anniversary edition of Tongues of Angels, new in print and ebook, from Indie-Visible Ink. April 2013. (indie-visible.com) You can visit me online at juliaparktracey.com, on Twitter@juliaparktracey or on Facebook/JuliaParkTraceyAuthor. Thanks for reading!
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse, Inc. (May 18, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0595278205
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595278206
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,361,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tongues of Angels takes us behind the velvet ropes of the Catholic church, where secrecy and ceremony mask the daily struggle of priests grappling with their all-too-human emotions. Piety and propriety are difficult enough to maintain, but celibacy is the vow they make every minute of every day, with varying degrees of success. One priest, Father Rob Souza, is tempted by forbidden fruit in the form of the lovely convert Jessica, whose company he finds intellectually, spiritually and over time, physically stimulating. Tracey's strong, elegant voice is like good music played in the background of a gripping story. I found myself reading certain lines aloud to hear how she wrung so much emotion out of so few words. She has a great ear for dialogue, for bringing characters to life through their conversations - especially the priests, with their racy innuendos, their exclusive brotherhood and their attempts to either live up to their vows or at least not get caught breaking them. I was blown away by this book, and not at all surprised to find it was loosely based on real events. I'll certainly read it more than once.
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Wow, peeling away the curtains of the Catholic Church is a bit like opening Pandora's box. This story gives the reader a candid view of the men behind the collars. Their parishioners exalt and Angel-ize them, but they're really only humans, right? Yeah, humans battling desires against an iron-clad promise to God. Talk about sizzling tension, and this book delivers every juicy minute of it. Sometimes God wins, sometimes desire, but either way, one side loses until the tug-a-war ends in the ultimate climax.
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Julia Park has crafted a brilliant sort of 'backstage' novel of the catholic church; its people, its politics, the struggles of a priest who is simply human and feels love for women, the anguish and immense satisfaction. I so appreciated that it didn't take the tired old road of superficiality, but had such interesting dimensions in story and character. I was spellbound through this immensely enjoyable read. Julia is a writer's writer. A poet's craft of language enables you depths of emotional experience in this priest's journey. I can imagine Catholics and non Catholics enjoying this novel with equal fervor. I'm an avid reader and rate it right up there with the greats!
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I had a spare hour before bed this week, so I thought I would settle in with a new book and then catch an early night. I bought Tongues of Angels by Julia Park Tracey, and five hours later I was cursing her. I was immediately drawn into the plot--the conflicted priest, Father Rob Souza, has a seriously intriguing storyline. While I'm sure few of us have made vows of celibacy, we can all understand and relate to wanting something we can't or aren't supposed to have. The attraction between Father Souza and Jessica, the new convert to the church, is palpable. The author's writing style is completely immersive and had me invested in all the character from the first page.

The philosophical and spiritual aspects of Tongues of Angels run deep, and it's clear that the author has definitely dotted the Is and crossed the Ts on her research. When I went and did a little research of my own after finishing Tongues of Angels (in just 2 days! I was addicted!), I found out that the story was based in part on a true story, and that was intriguing in itself. I'd love to know more about the real life characters that Rob, Jessica and Lawrence represent.

I would recommend Tongues of Angels to people who like a well-written, sensually beautiful book with a little controversy and a pinch of scandal. I'll definitely be looking for Julia Park Tracey's future work!
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Did the book description relate to the story? Yes it did and I particularly liked the fact that the author stresses her background on why she is able to write such a book. It does make the reader wonder if there is more truth to this fiction book than meets the eye.

How did you feel about the opening / ending sequences of the book? I enjoyed the beginning very much. The characters were given a strong foundation and the readers had a good idea of what they are getting themselves into.

Who was your favourite character and why? I am going to choose Jessica. Her questions and life situation helps Father Souza more than she knows.

What were the main relationships explored in this book? Obviously, religion was explored. More specifically, readers were given an inside look into the Catholic church.

Was this book worth reading? It is definitely worth reading and even if it doesn't entertain you, it will enlighten you.

Disclosure - I received a complimentary copy from the author which did not affect my honest opinion.
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Julia Park Tracey knows whereof she writes. Her attention to historical detail has been well revealed in her award-winning Doris Diaries, where her skill with language jumps off of every page (Julia is the editor of the Diaries). Now, in the tenth anniversary edition of Tongues of Angels, she re-releases this engaging and affecting novel with all the detail one hopes for in a story: characters we root for, conflict that makes our hearts beat fast, obstacles to overcome, resolution we can accept in the end. I'm a fan of Julia and her books, and I highly recommend TOA to anyone wanting a look inside the Catholic Church (Julia knew about its inner workings before mass media ever did, and she bases TOA on real events). TOA promises excitement: "a sexy contemporary novel about the Catholic Church and a handful of priests who can't keep it holy." Pick it up, you'll be glad you met Julia and her work.
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