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When Grace, a seventeen-year-old girl plagued by apparitions of her long-dead twin, becomes pregnant while still a virgin, Dr. Leonard begins an investigation into the phenomenon that introduces him to a dark secret. Reprint. PW.

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High-tech medicine clashes with religion in a battle between the body and soul of a doomed English girl in this chilling suspense novel. Stewart's ( Monkeyshines ) strength is his wide knowledge of controversial scientific theories; his characters are overwhelmed by conflicting forces of modern life and primitive instincts of passion, greed and jealousy. Seventeen-year-old Grace begins to witness strange bursts of light and to receive visions of the Virgin Mary on the fifth anniversary of her brother's mysterious death. Her widowed mother and Dr. Leonard Grigson--a close family friend--are skeptical, while the local Catholic priest, Father Gregory, accuses her of sacrilege. However, when Grace cures a blind woman and miraculously conceives a child without a man, she is proclaimed to be blessed by God, and is hounded by journalists and religious fanatics. But as her visions take an ominous turn, and her baby, it appears, is a genetic freak, it seems as if the Devil, not God, is involved. Worse, Grace starts to develop the same symptoms her brother showed before his death. Racing to save her from this fate is Dr. Grigson, who also holds the key to Grace's visions. Though in general the author neatly resolves his subplots, the novel's ending is muddled and some conflicts are left unresolved; Grace's fate, especially, is unsatisfactory. Stewart's prose is often melodramatic, but the story's shocking twists and turns will keep readers glued to the page.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal:

When Grace Holmwood, a 17-year-old English schoolgirl, begins having visions--first of her dead twin Matthew, then of the Virgin Mary--she finds herself at the center of a great deal of unwanted attention. Overcoming his initial skepticism, the local parish priest becomes convinced of divine intervention, especially when the virginal Grace finds herself "with child." Dr. Leonard Grigson, however, has reason to believe in a more realistic--and considerably more sinister--explanation. What defies logic, even for the doctor, is the nature of the visions themselves. This is a gripping tale in which science and religion both run amok; often, concern for the individual is subordinated to research and politics, pragmatism replaces truth, and the innocent suffer. Thoughtful and suspenseful, it should do especially well in public libraries.
- David W. Henderson, Eckerd Coll. Lib., St. Petersburg, Fla.
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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