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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Fearless is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction and socio-political issues subgenres. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Paula Dáil. In this astute and heartfelt examination of the role of women in the patriarchal society under the Catholic Church, we follow the exploits of our protagonist, Maggie Corrigan, a nun who takes up holy orders at a time when women had very few other choices. Having lost her mother to the totally preventable fate of having too many pregnancies, years later Maggie takes up the bold fight for reproductive rights against a system that’s controlled her entire life.
Books with these kinds of empowering, realistic messages are much needed in the oppressive world of fake news and false rhetoric we live in. One of the things I most enjoyed about this work was Maggie’s spirit and tenacity, even in the darkest times, and the moments where author Paula Dáil explores conversations, themes, and dialogues that are hauntingly familiar to what’s happening in the USA right now. Readers who are in tune with the women’s reproductive rights movement and those who have found themselves victims of religious oppression are certain to relate strongly to the concepts that are woven into Maggie’s life story. I also felt that the development of the dialogue and the emotional portrayal of the characters through their words and actions was superbly well done. Overall, I would certainly recommend Fearless to women’s fiction readers everywhere.