Thursday, October 20, 2016

#REVIEW: A Day And A Life by Penelope Wilcock

Title: A Day And A Life
Author: Penelope Wilcock
Series: The Hawk and the Dove #9
Publisher: Kregel
Published Date: September 27, 2016
ISBN:  978-1782642008
Pages: 224
Buy It Link: Amazon
Synopsis: The monastic rhythm of life at St Alcuins means that all is peaceful on the surface, but beneath there are strong currents as each monk contends with his own hopes, fears, challenges, and temptations. Not every monk is settled and secure. Sadness permeates the monastery when it is discovered early one morning that one of the novices, Brother Cedd, has disappeared. It quickly becomes clear that disturbance in the life of one can impact many. As the day goes on, the question looms: will Brother Cedd return? And what will be the consequences if he doesn't? In this moving conclusion to The Hawk and the Dove series, Pen Wilcock describes a single day in the life of the community weaving a deeply touching, frank, and witty tapestry of monastic life. 

My Rating: 4 1/2 stars

My Review: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
The three books I have read from this series (the last three) have been so enjoyable, and I am so sad to find out that there will be no more. However, it means I also have six other books to read. The books I have read, especially this one, have opened my eyes to the reality of monastic life. This book has been an entire, detailed look into one day in the St. Alcuin's monastery, and each of the monks, as well as novitiates and postulants. It really brings out the humanity of each of the monks that we have been with as we have read the series.
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes sad, all times so human, each of these characters have been brought out past the robes they wear, while at the same time, the life inside the monastery is shown to not be as easy as people sometimes imagine. It can be just as frustrating and hard and stressful as life in the outside world, however, the way the monks have each brought their community together is inspiring.
I am truly sorry to see the end of this series.

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