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Immaculate Heart

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  14 reviews
When visiting Ballymorris in Ireland for a funeral, a down-on-his-luck American reporter learns of a story that happened only months after his last visit many years before. A group of four teenagers, three of whom are family friends, claimed to have been visited by the Virgin Mary. Almost twenty years later, one of them denies it ever happened, another has left the small t ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published March 22nd 2016 by St. Martin's Press
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Stephen Gallup
Jun 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
"When you're listening to a story, any story a'tall, you've got to believe in it with all you've got as it's being told, or else there's little pleasure to be found in it."

For me, this admonishment from Tess in the latter pages of Immaculate Heart felt like a mild rebuke, because I had been reading the book with a somewhat cynical attitude.

It's set in a small town on the west coast of Ireland, between Sligo and Galway, which the narrator is visiting. I don't recall that he's ever named, other th
Jan 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway.

Immaculate Heart by Camille DeAngelis was, at first, difficult for me to get into at first; however, once I did it has been the most lyrical of books that I have read in quite a while. The language is beautiful and moves so smoothly - is it was one of the reasons I was able to continue on; I wanted to hear the Irish accent in my mind.

The book is about an American reporter who comes back to Ireland for his Uncle Johnny's funeral. Well, that's the main
Joe Jones
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, ireland, secrets
I loved her book before this Bones & All because it was such a different premise. I missed this one when it came out last year. Then through a random tweet from the author and a couple of more tweets she asked if I had read it. She said it was different than Bones & All but still had the wtf factor. On that recommendation I did take the plunge and started reading it that night. I am so glad I did! It turned out to be nothing like I expected. We look back on an event that happened twenty years ag ...more
Mar 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. Part religious mystery, part personal journey, it follows an American reporter as he tries to learn more about a sighting of the Virgin Mary in Ireland. The writer is so talented in bringing us into this world.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it did not like it
Strange story. Kept waiting for something, anything to happen. The ending was unexpected, I think. Not sure what really happened! Disappointing!
Marnie Z
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Who are the people giving this 4/5 stars?? I guess if you enjoy reading a book that leads you on thinking you are going to find out what happens and then you never really do but there is a strange secret thrown in at the end that you never expected then you will like this. Spoiler alert - you never do figure out what happened in the past with these sightings, were they real? Who knows. Characters weren't very likeable either.. ...more
Dec 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
The author and I follow each other on social media. I read (loved, positively reviewed) one of her books "Bones & All" years ago. She encouraged me to give her latest book a try, and finally I did. I'm not sure how I feel about it. The concept--that a Marian apparition is not a blessing--becomes more interesting when the author leaves you to wonder if the apparition was not Mary, but perhaps a demon. ...more
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
DeAngelis explores the intersection of faith and deception in this compelling, surprising tale.
Nov 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
compelling and upsetting.
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was ok

This book started off a little slow and then it became quite fascinating for me. It also reminded me of The Wonder which I had reviewed a long time ago because they both dealt with these weird “supernatural”/”spiritual” situations and the main character basically went to investigate to find the truth. Also, I noticed that in this book, the reporter’s name was never mentioned. At least I don’t recall his name at all and I even checked Goodreads and ev
Oct 25, 2015 marked it as to-read


A new book only a year after the most recent?! The Book Powers That Be (and Camille, of course) have blessed us!

Looking forward to reading it!!
Michelle Carrell
Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: won
I love a good mystery. Add that to a personal journey and throw in Ireland and you have a damn good read.
Kirk Weikart
Jun 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
An intriguing and well executed plot; it keeps you charging through the book with great anticpation. The ending was (in hindsight) well signposted, but jarring nonetheless.
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I'm the author of three fantasy novels for adults—Immaculate Heart, Mary Modern, and Petty Magic—and my YA novel, Bones & All, won an Alex Award from YALSA and the American Library Association in 2016 (thank you, librarians!!) My book of practical

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