Book review

The Hawk and the Dove

“The Hawk and the Dove”, (Trilogy) by Penelope Wilcock;

I planned to read the first book, but as it is now printed as a trilogy I became intrigued and continued reading. The books were easy to read, in places humorous, and I wanted to know how the story developed.

It begins with a mother telling her teenaged daughter stories about an ancestor who was a monk and became an Abbot. The stories told how he dealt with his own difficulties and those of his community and novices. One feels one really gets to know each character and how each one learns to love and receive God’s grace in different ways.

The last book, The Long Fall is straight narrative. It is very powerful and moving, about the end of life and bereavement.

I can thoroughly recommend the Trilogy. It contains much food for thought as a Christian.

“In a moment of decision, they will each face the truth of their own heart in God’s presence.This masterful look into a bygone era reminds us that Christians of every age have faced the same basic struggles: how to worship God in spirit and truth and to love our neighbours as ourselves.”

Bryan Litfin, author of The Sword,The Gift and The Kingdom.

Penelope Wilcock is the author of over a dozen books of fiction and poetry, including The Hawk and the Dove trilogy. She lives a quiet life on the southeast coast of England with her husband and is the mother of five children.

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