The Beautiful Thread: The Hawk and the Dove Series #8
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The Beautiful Thread #8, in The Hawk and the Dove series by Penelope Wilcock
Set in Chaucer’s 14th Century Yorkshire, The Hawk and the Dove series deals with the challenges of human life, whatever one’s vocation.
In The Beautiful Thread, hosting the Bishop’s annual visit and a local wedding test the talents, judgment, and loyalty of William, Abbot John and St Alcuin’s Abbey. But a wise visitor offers a sage piece of advice – always add the beautiful thread of kindness.
Number of Pages: 256
Vendor: Lion Fiction
Publication Date: 2016
|Dimensions: 7.75 X 5.00 (inches)|
Series: Hawk and the Dove
lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5good taleJune 3, 2016lcjohnson1988IndianaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4The focus on this eighth book in this series is again William du Bulmer and Abbot John. This time, however, the drama is not on Williams love life, but Abbot Johns. St. Alcuins is to host a big wedding. As a result, Father Conradus, who is in charge of the kitchen, needs extra help with all the food preparations. It is suggested that he notify his mother to have her come and help. This being done, she agrees and soon arrives at St. Alcuins. Abbot John immediately feels comfortable in her presence and wants to spend more time with her under the guise of showing her around the monastery and other excuses. Some of the other monks immediately notice the change in their abbots attitude toward this woman. Will St. Alcuins lose another man to a woman?
The other situation going on in the story is a visit from one of the higher ups in the monastic hierarchy. His visit happens to coincide with all the wedding plans and incoming guests, so tension is running high among the monks as they try to get everything ready for both events. Bishop Eric inspects St. Alcuins property, grills the novitiates and applauds the food from the kitchen. Then he hears from his assistant that William de Bulmer has been seen at St. Alcuins. Bishop Eric now is on a manhunt for William to bring charges against him, excommunicate him and then execute him! Can William escape the noose a second time?
As always, this book portrays these monks with great care in their vulnerability, transparency and humanness. They strive to be Christ like, but sometimes fail just like us. They ask for forgiveness, try to do better and sometimes succeed just like us. I really liked the idea of the beautiful thread revealed in this story; it really hit home what I can do to be more like Christ in my treatment of others. I am so looking forward to the final book in the series, A Day and a Life, due to be released in September 2016 to see what the monks are up to next!
VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Interesting look at monastic life - lovely throughtsMay 30, 2016VeraNorth CarolinaAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4Abbot John has to face the consequences of his previous good deedsand none go unpunished
In this eighth novel of the Hawk and the Dove series, William, has returned to St. Alcuins at Abbot John's request to help his replacement learn the ropes. But William's return coincides with a bishop's visitation, a regular event.
The bishop, a zealous churchman with a large entourage, has heard rumors of St. Alcuins having had in their community one William de Bulmer, who is said to have attempted suicide and left the orderattempted suicide is a felony and breaking monastic vows is a grave sin. The bishop wants to know where this man is so he can be arraigned before an ecclesiastical court, and wishes to discover what happened and what part Abbot John played in those events.
As the story unfolds, the beautiful thread of the gospel weaves quietly through the contrasting colors of human frailty, religious zeal, and social pretension.
DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy from Kregel Books on behalf of Lion Fiction to facilitate this review. Opinions are my own. I was not compensated for this review.