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    Penelope Wilcock
    Lion Fiction / 2015 / Trade Paperback
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    5 Stars Out Of 5 11 Reviews
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  1. VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    The Hawk and the Dove
    August 16, 2015
    Amy C
    VA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The Hawk and The Dove is the first installment of The Hawk and the Dove series. The writing is a little different than from what I'm used to but it is unique. I did enjoy the story and look forward to reading the rest of the series.

    Four stars

    I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion, which was given.
  2. Falmouth, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Book 1 of The Hawk & the Dove Series
    August 9, 2015
    BillieKay
    Falmouth, KY
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The story begins in the first person narrative of teenaged Melissa as she describes her life with her parents and four sisters in their small two bedroom house in the year she turned 15. School is not Melissas favorite thing, in fact her favorite thing is listening to her Mother tell wonderful stories. And thus, between snatches of family life, are the wonderful stories told by Melissas mother. The stories had been handed down for seven hundred years mostly by the women in the family but many had originated from the telling of an ages ago great uncle Edward who was a Benedictine monk, Brother Edward, in the 14th century. The Hawk and the Dove are two names for the same man, Peregrine du Fayel, third son of a nobleman whose Benedictine name was Father Columba. Brother Edwards stories, retold by Melissas mother, and then written down by Melissa as an adult are the bulk of the novel. They give a fascinating look at the lives of the men in the abbey in that time. They are stories of relationships, humility, pride, love, forgiveness. I like this quote from page 42, In a way, all the tales are one tale, the tale of how Gods power is found in weakness. But that is the story of the whole of life, if you learn to read it right. This book kept me reading late into the night and I cant wait to delve into Book 2. I highly recommend this outstanding, life changing Christian fiction. I received a copy from the publisher by way of The Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great historical read
    August 3, 2015
    shanfromcan
    Canada
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I so enjoyed this first book in the series and how it was presented. Melissa comes from a family of 5 girls, and is second eldest at 14. She has an insatiable appetite for sot ores of old time Monks because, went to church every Sunday and listened to what they said about Jesus, and I believed it all, I really did; but was there anyone anywhere who cared about it enough to behave as if it were true? I felt disenchanted. pg. 13

    The stories she would hear would be from her mom, whom assured her they were true. These stories were passed down from her great-grandmother Melissa, and had been passed from grandmother to granddaughter for 700 years. The original from great-uncle Edward, a very wise old man, whom lived to be almost 100 years old. He had shared these stories with many a visitor, but the ones being told now are from his great niece yet another Melissa, whom began handing down these stories.

    The setting for these stories, the Benedictine abbey of St. Alcuin where Edward was a monk. He had been a wandering friar in the order of the blessed Francis of Assissipg. 16. By age 60, it was time to settle down and he did so at the Abbey.

    And thus begins the introduction to many interesting characters, monks, but not perfect. Father Columba whom turns out to be the nephew of Brother Edward, us just the beginning of some of the many interesting things happening within the walls of the Abbey. He was nothing like their old Abbot, and the brothers had a hard time with his unapproachability and found him intimidating. And then something unimaginable happens within the walls of the Abbey and many lives are changed.

    Father Matthew is another monk, strict to the point of looking for the smallest misdemeanour and then making a mountain out of it.

    Under his care as novice master were Brothers Francis, Thomas, Theodore, Cormac and Thaddeus. Brother Theodore was the one in trouble most of the time even though the Brothers Thomas and Francis were the jokesters, scrappers and participated in foolish conversations.

    What will one hungry Brother do in the middle of the night that will provide life changing experiences for many?

    As we meet the monks, so also we get to participate in the activities of the family, including the fun-filled morning of trying to get this family of 7 to church on time, only to deal with 3 little ones whom must be entertained and what happens when it goes on too long.

    It is a curious thing how an hour in the swimming pool, or an hour in the theatre, is gone in five minutes, whereas an hour in church on Sunday morning seems to drag on for eternity. pg 62

    Pick up this book today and be prepared for a fun read. You will laugh, you will cry, you will rejoice and you will be challenged. This is a wonderful read and I can not wait to begin reading the second book.

    Thank you to book fun. org and Lion Fiction for the opportunity to read this delightful book in exchange for an honest review.
  4. Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Medieval stories with contemporary lessons
    May 23, 2015
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The construction of this novel is fascinating. The framework is a modern family in England. The daughters in the family have various thoughts or experiences and the mother tells a story that illustrates a godly principle very applicable to the situation. The stories have been handed down through generations and originate in a medieval monastery.

    In this first novel of the series, Father Peregrine is appointed Abbot. His name in the order is Columba. He is an impatient, arrogant man, a hawk trying to be a dove. One of the stories in this collection is how Peregrine came to be a kind and wise man, yet scarred and disfigured.

    Here is an example of the story structure: in the contemporary setting, a daughter accidentally breaks a jug as she tripped on the stairs. That evening the mother tells the story of Brother Theodore, a young monk who arrives late to meetings, drops and knocks over things. He did have difficulty being in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. The abbot kindly gives him encouraging words. There are stories of forgiveness, healing, new beginnings, pride, and more. Each contains a good lesson in Christian living. We also learn quite a bit about monastery life too.

    Wilcock wrote this book twenty five years ago and it is now being reissued. She constructed the stories as a tribute to medieval writings, such as the Canterbury Tales. She wanted to balance two worlds, the medieval and modern. The stories are relatively short and can be read at a sitting, perhaps over a lunch break.

    I like this book, using medieval stories to give contemporary lessons in living.

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for the purpose of an independent and honest review.
  5. Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    excellent
    May 22, 2015
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Melissa loves a good story and one day begs her mother to tell her one. Soon one becomes several and the stories that follow create teachable moments between a mother and her daughter. These stories are set in the early 1300s in a monastery in England. The main character is Father Columba or Father Peregrine as he is known by his monks behind his back. He arrives at the monastery to take the lead role as Abbot after the former Abbot dies a natural death of old age. When he arrives he is 45 years old, tough, demanding, but fair. He earns the respect of his monks, but not their affections. He holds himself away from much personal interaction. He appears somewhat aloof and standoffish.

    After a while, tragedy strikes Father Peregrine and he is forced to become more dependent on and vulnerable to his fellow monks. This vulnerability and humility endears him to his monks and they grow to love him. His thorn to bear creates in him a new awareness of how he should treat others as Christ would treat them. He gives so much more of his heart now.

    I absolutely loved the premise of the stories of Father Peregrine being handed down from generation to generation. This generation of telling begins with a mother passing the tales along to her young teenage daughter. The tales impart a wealth of spiritual truths as well as wisdom in dealing with human foibles, idiosyncrasies and sins against others. I was captivated by the tales of humility, complete reliance on God and reading about those who longed to be like Christ no matter the cost to themselves. Ill be reading the second book in the series next and cant wait to get started!
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