I’m one of the lucky person who read this book in advance and I‘ve to thank the author and Andrew Shaffer.
‘The Confessions of Marcus Stearns’ was released as a limited-edition paperback for the 2014 RT Booklovers' Convention. Now, the author has added ‘The Confessions of Eleanor Schreiber’ and ‘The Confessions of Tiffany Reisz’, a 140 pages book utterly beautiful. The book is a stand-alone, but contains spoiler for someone who hasn’t read the other books of the series.
The first short is the confession of Søren, who reaches in the church his confessor, Father Ballard. They walk to a cemetery, where no one can hear the blond priest, the best who Father Ballard has ever known. There always was a name that Father Ballard has heard several times: Kingsley. This time is a female name, instead. Eleanor, a girl who named Søren ‘idiot’, who has fallen in love with him, and who’s stolen Søren’s heart, too. And first of all, a sixteen girl who’s sexually pursued him. Father Ballard heard the anguish in Søren’s words, the same anguish which was in the confessions about Kingsley, the first love of a boy who thought never allowing himself to get close to somebody because of his nature, because of his devotion to God. Among the graves he talks about Eleanor, like a God who discovers himself human, for once again. The worry for his call, for his life consecrated to Church. Father Ballard talks to him like he’s speaking to himself, because him too loved a girl when he was young, he said to let Eleanor lives her life, the life of a teenager, also to let her go away, if she wants to. But the absolution comes, eventually, because love is never a sin.
The second short is the Mistress’s confessions, a woman deeply in love with a man who takes care of her, who loves her, but who puts a miraculous life in another woman. Nora confesses to Father Ballard to having found a photograph among the pages of his Bible, where are the letters that she has written to him and the funny notes that Kingsley stuffed within its pages. Nora cried in Father Ballard’s arms, showing her frailest side, but she is able to be sarcastic and funny despite her tears. Her heart aches for this secret which her lover’s hiding her. Father Ballard consoles her and gives his absolution for a love which can't finish.
The last confession is that of Tiffany Reisz. An interview over the line, like her!
As usual with her books, my jar dropped and tears fell down. Would you like to have my confession too? I started loving Søren after eight books and several free stories. I love Nora, of course, no need to say why. I love Tiffany because she wrote those wonders. I love Father Ballard from the first time I’ve read about him. A rock’n roll priest? My type of priest!
Why read this book? Because is worthy. Because is a proper conclusion (we hope only for now) of the ‘Original Sinners series’. Because is self-published by The 8th Circle Press. And because the cover only deserve 5 stars!