Written after her religious conversion, this is the first of an upcoming series. It is similar to her Starbridge series and even has some of the same characters. The story is told from four different points of view, which is always fun to read.
I love this book. Susan Howatch is the very best. After the Church of England series, this even better series came along. This is the 1st and it includes the continuation of Nicholas Darrow's story. This was a huge surprise for me in the way it moved. It was very slow to get going but wow! once it started, there is no stopping it. The 2nd book in this series is "The High Flyer" and it is one of my favorites of all time. It should not be missed but you get more out of it if you read this one first. I give this book the very highest like a 5 or 6 stars out of 5!
Just finished The Wonder Worker, a great book in a series by Susan Howatch. There is a deliberate emphasis on the spiritual aspect of life, which may be a turn-off or a turn-on, depending upon the reader. I have found it fascinating. I especially liked the comparison of traditional language for evil (the Devil, demons, possession, etc.) and more modern psychological language (psychosis, nervous breakdown, obsession, the force of evil, etc.) to describe essentially the same suffering.
Susan Howatch also does a beautiful job of character development. Her characters are multidimensional and flawed. I often find myself wanting to shout to a character "Don't do it! Don't go there!" I have read this series of books a couple of times, but loaned the Wonder Worker to a friend and it was never returned. Thanks to PGS I have the full set again!
Nicholas, an Anglican priest who figures in the Starbridge series, turns out to be a not so likeable character.