5 Stars Out Of 5
Great series continues!
August 12, 2015
The third book in The Hawk&Dove series, is an awesome read from beginning to end. Father Peregrine , has a seizure which leaves him totally dependent on others for his care.
But more so that this, it is the friendship between Brother Tom and him. Tom does not know what to expect, and after trying to visit and given info by Martin Jonson, a lay worker in the infirmary, he keeps himself away from visiting the Abbot, man, friend, he so lovingly cared for since the Abbot had been beat in his own abby and left for dead. His mangled hands, his limp, all signs of the devastation this beating had left on his body.
Brother Tom asks to be removed from caring for the interim Abbot and to be back in the farm, doing physical work. His request is granted.
Brother Michael makes a visit to the farm, and waits while Brother Tom takes care of his chores, as he needs to speak with him regarding Father Peregine. Brother Michael points out that although he is still paralyzed on right side, he is out of bed, has some speech-yes, no and needs his friend to visit. Tom agrees.
On his way back to the infirmary Brother Michael prays, Help him out a bit, Lord Goda bit of grace, and a bit more compassion. Help him find the Christ in himself. pg. 62
As Tom presents himself to Brother John, he is given a talking to by him as well. As this is the second brother on his case, his thoughts and feelings on the whole situation flow freely from within. It is then that Brother John realizes Martin has been speaking with Tom and sharing wrong information regarding the state of the Abbot.
First visit was anything but easy as he faced his dear friend in the hopeless room, body sagging, sitting in a chair. He looked up, they locked eyes on each other. After a long silence Peregrine spoke, or mumbled. He spoke again with more urgency but Tom could not understand--and then the spreading puddle of urine. Tom apologizes and goes to find brother John.
Tom decided he will not be returning and leaves Peregrine in the care of brother Michael.
Brother John confronts Tom once more, and after sharing how he felt during the visit, he asks Tom to see it through the eyes of Peregrine, and convinces him to try once more.
The following day, his second visit, is hard, but Tom is determined to try harder. He sits beside him and takes his crumpled hand in his and thus begins the next chapter in this friendship; one that will go so deep, true love and care, the very act of God`s hands being used to bless one of His beloved.
This story will touch the very heart of you and if you have worked with seniors you will understand some of the situations better than others. You will laugh, you will cry, and be so pulled into the lives of Father and Brother that you will feel, more than just read their friendship. You will be blessed! I can not wait to read more books in this series!
Thank you to book fun.org and Lion Fiction for the opportunity to read this amazing book in exchange for an honest review.