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Publication Date: 2012
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Series: Hawk and the Dove
A monk has fallen in love.
A wise widow knows the truth.
And now the finances of the abbey are in jeopardy.
Father William knew something was changing deep within him. He felt itfrom his belly, from his from his heart, from his soulthe reality of what was streaming forth unchecked. There was no denying it. This was love.
Yet Father William has more to worry about than simply upholding his vows to God, to the brothers of St. Alcuin, and to Abbot John. The brotherhood is running out of money and Father William must decide whether or not to take matters into his own hands.
Seasoned author Penelope Wilcock unlocks the story of one mans struggles, mistakes, and hearts longings, and traces the possibility of what it means to get things wrong and to begin again. She helps us see the unexpected ways God often chooses to heal a broken life, revealing the heart of God to make us whole.
AvidReaderCharlotte, NCAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5LovelyJuly 22, 2013AvidReaderCharlotte, NCAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Such a moving book. I not only recommended it to friends, but I bought it for gifts. Her "Hawk and the Dove" series is amazing from start to finish. It's much better read in order, but you can understand each book on its own.
Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Explore the life of a monk in this novel!July 31, 2012Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3Penelope Wilcox is the author of Remember Me, the sixth book in The Hawk and Dove series where the reader is immersed into the life of William de Bulmer, a monk of the St. Alcuin who falls in love with Abbot John's sister Madeline and we open the book to find him finally confessing his love and true feelings for her. In this part of the series, we get a more in-depth look at what the life of a monk is like through the eyes of William and it's not always an easy one but this shows his true life struggles with despair, pride and humility pertaining to his feelings towards not only Madeline, but also toward the church and his devotion to serving God.
William also has to come to terms with the loss of the abbey's money that he finds himself solely responsible. How does one deal with these feelings when he is supposed to be walking a narrow path serving God? Is he truly cut out for the life of a monk after all, or will he simply choose to deal with the consequences of his actions and leave his faith entirely for love? I would recommend picking up the first book in this series dealing with William de Bulmer to see why the character is at the place he is when this novel opens. I think it would provide a more solid foundation of the storyline and character development than to simply pick this one up and try to follow along through the tidbits you glean as you read through the book. The first book, The Hardest Thing To Do is followed by The Hour Before the Dawn and these book have been previously well received through other reviews.
I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and seeing the storyline develop for the character of William, I am hoping to go back and begin this series from the first book to get a better idea of where this novel falls into place. As a stand alone, I rate this one a 3 out of 5 stars but hope to increase this after reading the entire series.