I loved this book. It has given me so much food for thought, I have been savoring it for hours at a time.
The story is the second in a trilogy about angels touching modern day women and sharing with them the lives of women during pivotal times in history. While the author has a special place in her heart for women and chose these times to show how women played important roles in changing the course of history, she is not heavy handed about it in her story writing. There are post scripts that lay out her plan more directly and that gives added depth after enjoying the story.
The first story was about Anne Boleyn and the bringing of the Word to women (and all 'commoners') to read in their own spoken language. this book is about the Black Plague, specifically in Sicily and how the Pope allowed women to give last rights to the dying. It gave women a voice in the church when they did not have it before.
The last book is yet to be published, but will be about European witch trials.
So there is the background. I will post several times about the various themes this book has brought for me to ponder.