She proves herself an able healer and gaining notice for this ability and her brilliant mind, continues to move up in the Church and is eventually elevated to Pope. She is constantly in conflict over her wish to lead the church and her desire to cast off her disguise to be with her love, Gerold.
I really enjoyed this book. I tried to capture the gist of the story in the synopsis above but I fear I did not do it justice. It made me curious as to whether there ever really was a female Pope and also gave me a glimpse into how political the Catholic church could be. This story was so well written it really did not feel like I was reading a 450 page book. The only complaint I had is the ending was kind of abrupt for me but I can get past this since it had just the right blend of strong characters, violence, intrigue, and a wee bit of romance thrown in for good measure.
It must have been truly awful to live in a time where women basically just existed to serve men and weren't allowed to have any kind of a life of their own at all. I know they made a movie out of this book and it was released in Europe late last year but not here in the US yet. I hope they do release it soon. I think it would be fascinating to watch this book come to life on the big screen.
If the FTC is wondering: This book is from my own personal library