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Book Six The Hawk and The Dove

by Penelope Wilcock

Jacket

Paperback
Price: £8.99
Publisher:Crossway Books from IVP
Published:August 2012
ISBN:978-1-433-52663-3
Review:
This, Penelope Wilcock's sixth volume in the Hawk and the Dove,/I> series of novels, is as enthralling as the other five. The drama is played out against the backdrop of monastery life in medieval times. The central character, Father William, has fallen in love with his Abbot's sister, an impossible situation for a monk who has taken a lifelong vow of celibacy. The author skilfully and beautifully takes us deep into his conflicting emotions, his agonising struggles and desperate longings.
But it is not a gloomy novel - far from it. As the story unfolds we see God's power at work in and through a forgiving, caring community. Embedded in the story are Abbot John's homilies on the Eucharist which opened a deep well of joy in me. The whole book engenders hope in our merciful God, who takes his broken followers and makes them whole.

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Reviewer: Jackie Rowe   (16/10/12)

Reader review: - Mary Bartholomew TGBS Editor, 16/10/12

I have recently read this book too, as the whole series is a delight. I would particularly like to endorse what Jackie says about Abbot Johnís homilies Ė worth reading the book just for those.
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