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Friday, June 3, 2016

#REVIEW: Breath of Peace by Penelope Wilcock

Title: Breath of Peace
Author: Penelope Wilcock
Series: The Hawk and the Dove #7
Published Date: Feb 27, 2016
Publisher: Lion Hudson
Pages: 208
Genre: medieval fiction
ISBN: 9781782641735
Buy It Link: Amazon
Synopsis: Madeleine Hazell and William de Bulmer have been married a year.
She is a healer, a wise woman, practical, intelligent and blunt. He is not only an ex-monk, but an ex-abbot, a man accustomed to authority, a gifted administrator, at home with figures – but perhaps less capable in such matters as shutting up chickens for the night. They are deeply, irrevocably in love. And every conversation may become a battlefield that leaves both wounded and resentful.
When the aged monk who served as cellarer dies, Father John, the Abbot of nearby St Alcuin’s Abbey, finds himself critically short-handed. Who will handle the rents? The provisions? He is a gifted infirmarian, a capable leader, but estate management is beyond his competence. With a sense of rising panic he turns to his friend, the man who renounced his vows for love, the former Father William – only to find that his own pastoral skills may be required in matters matrimonial …
This is the seventh novel in the St Alcuin’s Abbey series, which began with The Hawk and the Dove.
  

My Rating: 4 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is the first of this series that I have read, and what an incredibly fun series it is to read! I wasn't quite sure how it would be jumping into the middle of the series, but I am so glad I took the chance on it.
Madeleine and William are married for a year, and now the honeymooning time is over, suddenly reality hits. Daily life is monotonous, William can't seem to do anything right, Madeleine is a bickering, cranky wife. Despite all this, and the very painful everyday life we see in the book, the love between the two main characters is deep and true. Reading them stumble through getting used to each other as people and not their romantic fantasies can be painful at times, but it is so very realistic, it's hard not to become empathically connected to the characters.
And then Father John, Madeleine's brother steps in for a replacement for the recent death of his cellarer at the abbey William just left.
This is a book that is well-driven by the character development and the personalities, rather than action and adventure.

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