Perhaps the least understood and most controversial of all major Marian apparition citings, Garabandal is explained in the most succinct and concrete terms in Judith M. Albright's 'Our Lady at Garabandal'. Recreating the site of the pastoral Spanish town and the quiet lives of the "visionaries" and their families, Albright gives us all we need to know about the wonderous time when (allegedly, for the Catholic Church has yet to confirm the Apparitions' authenticity) "Our Lady of Mount Carmel" appeared to the children Conchita, Mari Loli, and Jacinta between the early to mid 1960's.
Distinctive to Garabandal are Mary's admonition to "pray for priests" and to avoid a global chastisement "by your efforts". Seeing the visionaries ties to Padre Pio and some of the forecasts already come to fruition, the book straight-forwardly gives us reason to believe. I should also note that many of the trends cited by "Our Lady of Mount Carmel" have some parallels to the current Apparitions in Medjugore in the former Yugoslavia (another Apparition yet to be confirmed by the church).
'Our Lady at Garabandal' is a fascinating read about a lesser known Marian Apparition. Albright's uncluttered prose is good at illuminating the familiar (as with all admonitions for prayer, respect, and reform) as well as less familiar material (the follow-up to the visionaries' lives, the details of the messages, and the human conversations between Jesus's mother and the three children). At a mere 101 pages, 'Our Lady at Garabandal' is a short, but illuminating tour of the Garabandal phenomena.