my take: i thought it was a fun, female, fiction (FFF) which put me in completely the wrong frame of mind ... a 40-something single author visited by the Virgin Mary in need of a vacation. seems like it could be funny. nope. it's quite philosophical, historical (long passages about Marian sightings), and scientific-al (as in theories). i warmed up to our lady as i left my FFF expectations behind and by the end i can say i enjoyed it. it left me thinking about: the nature of history; the nature of truth; the and/or theory; the uncertainty theory; the possibility of miracles. not much plot but lots to ponder. but i'm kind of a pondering nerd, so there's that.
i knew there had to be at least one book chick who would completely jive on it - and sure enough! we had a great discussion and agreed that it's a book club kind of book: not a warm, engaging novel, but a treasure trove of topics to discuss with others.
my source: Hazel's suggestion for book chicks; own & will lend
my verdict: good discussion book, off-the-beaten path read, philosophical