Here is a picture of Notre Dame alum and novelist Marie Ann Dean during last week’s book signing at Saint Ambrose University, Iowa. Dean is the author of the historical fiction novel in the Melitensia genre The Jeweler’s Polish released earlier this year. Her second book and highly anticipated sequel titled The Beast, the Prophets and the Victory will be released by Hope and Life Press during the Winter season.
Below is an early review of the Catholic historical fiction novel The Jeweler’s Polish, written by the American writer, poet, teacher, homeschooler Marie Ann Dean. The Jeweler’s Polish is scheduled to be released in paperback and ebook editions by Hope and Life Press within the next few weeks.
The Jeweler’s Polish interweaves the stories of two young women. One is the gifted history graduate, the Englishwoman Emerald Rohan Grady. The other is Grady’s ancestor, Emerald Esther Maria de Rohan, a Maltese noblewoman caught up in the turbulent revolutionary movements of the late 18th century. Grady, unable to find motivation after graduating with high honors, travels to Malta to use her academic skills to find out as much as she can about the career of her namesake, the niece of the Grandmaster of the Knights of Malta, the kindly but corrupt Emmanuel de Rohan.
As the plot unfolds, the destinies of the two Emeralds, and of their associates, become increasingly intertwined on an island where families and their histories are intricately entangled. Marie Ann Dean’s familiarity with the isle of Malta, and her literary skills, are put to good use in constructing a near-gothic narrative that includes knightly orders, Masons, Illuminati, conspiracies, curses, mysterious jewels, apparitions of spirits in Purgatory, poisoners, gender dysphoria, the evil eye and incest. These plot devices are combined with an intriguing apocalyptic storyline involving the identity of the Antichrist and the timing of the Second Coming. The result is a highly entertaining read, reminiscent of The Da Vinci Code (which is cleverly referenced in the story), but of higher literary quality—and more complex. Continue reading “Early review of The Jeweler’s Polish – 1”
Hope and Life Press are proud to present Marie Ann Dean, another of our latest authors, with The Jeweller’s Polish, a Catholic historical fiction novel and the first fiction book to be published by our press. The Jeweller’s Polish will be released in paperback and ebook editions in early 2016.
Marie Ann Dean is an American writer and poet with a particular interest in Catholic contemplative spiritualities in the Latin Rite tradition. A teacher by profession and former Montessori homeschooler, Dean helped set up various classical education schools and Montessori homeschools across the United States (US). She also lectured on English Literature at the University of Notre Dame (US), and on both Theology and Literature at Bristol University, United Kingdom (UK). As a practicing Catholic and pastoral counselor, Dean was lecturer to diocesan teachers in the US and Canada, also teaching catechesis and Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) classes as RCIA director. She was additionally a lay chaplain with the Westminster Diocese, United Kingdom (UK).
Dean has a Bachelor’s degree in History and Philosophy/Theology from Marycrest College, and a Master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Notre Dame. She was also Downside Scholar Fellow in Theology at Bristol University. Dean holds a Master Teacher’s Certificate from the National Association of Private Catholic and Independent Schools (NAPCIS), and Kaplan instructor certification. An international Catholic blogger since 2007, Dean writes regularly on matters of the Catholic faith and spirituality at Etheldreda‘s Place and The Courtyard. She is also twice winner and Grand Prize-winner of the Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest with her poems. Dean enjoys painting in watercolors, acrylics, and oils.