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The Haunted Rectory: the Saint Francis Xavier Church Hookersby Katherine Valentine
Synopses & Reviews
The author of the popular Dorsetville series takes us to the small town of Bend Oaks to meet a group of hookers—rug hookers, that is. When rumors of a haunted rectory shake up the small town, a new priest comes to pastor, and what he discovers will change all of their lives forever.
Bend Oaks is a small town with a big problem—every new priest who comes to town flees the rectory in the night, and no one will say why. Strange disappearances, unexplained sounds and smells, and mysterious deaths all haunt this hallowed building. But this doesnt stop the St. Francis Xavier Church Hookers from continuing their decades-old tradition of meeting in the rectory to hook their colorful rugs to auction off at the Strawberry Festival in order to raise money for the parish.
This tight-knit band of faithful women is startled by the arrival of Father Rich Melo, sent by the archdiocese to live in St. Francis Xaviers “haunted” rectory. Father Rich brings skepticism to his mission in Bend Oaks, but he also carries with him the terrible memory of an earlier encounter with demonic forces.
From the unearthing of an ancient biblical curse to an exorcism in Rome to the bowels of a decaying insane asylum, Valentine brings readers on a wild ride set against the familiar backdrop of small-town New England. This heartfelt tale is both an exciting suspense story and a deeply moving story of the power of faith.
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1. The women of the St. Francis Xavier Church Hookers share a special bond. How do their personalities compliment each other? What role does their friendship play in overcoming evil?
2. Jane has kept her psychic powers hidden from everyone, including her husband. Why? Would you share your talents if they were considered outside the norm? How does one come to grips with paranormal powers while maintaining a sense of normalcy?
3. Father Rich was abandoned as a child. How does this affect his role as a priest/pastor and his new role as an exorcist?
4. Why is it necessary for Rich to join with the women in order to realize his full potential as an exorcist?
5. Besides the anger Gail felt as her husbands infidelity, what are other reasons she might have been vulnerable to demonic possession?
6. Kay seems an odd member of the rug hooking group, considering her jet-setting lifestyle. Why is Kay drawn to the group? What do they have that she desires?
7. Compare the differences between the exorcism in Rome and the one at the rectory. What are the similarities? What are the differences, and why do they matter?
8. Marilee deliberately disregards her mothers warnings and puts herself at risk. Jane will disregard her inner warnings and put herself at risk as well. How are these two cases parallel? How are they different?
9. There are many reported instances of haunted houses. Do you believe in them? Why are certain places prone to these disturbances while others are not? If you moved into a home that you later felt was haunted, would you stay and try to exorcise the evil, or would you flee? What role would the Church and your faith play in your decision?
10. The Haunted Rectory highlights the subject of evil. Does evil have its origins in the organic mind and social conscience, or is evil an external force?
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