5 Stars Out Of 5
Awesome series read continues..you will not be disappointed
August 12, 2015
The wounds of God is the second book in The Hawk&The Dove series. It is written in the same fashion as the first one, telling the stories of some of the different monks from St. Alcuin`s Abbey, where Uncle Edward worked in the infirmary and Melissa`s dad, Father Peregrine was the Abbot.
The story begins with Melissa, whom the stories were most recently shared with by her mom, learning of a fire in her friend Maggies`house, and of her dying.
Upon arrival at the hospital, she was not permitted to see Maggie, nor were her priest Father Michael or Sister Kathleen, a friend from the convent. Maggie had 70-80% burns to her body therefore they should not visit, too unpleasant, even for a nurse. Melissa and Father Michael agreed but when the Dr. went away, Sister Kathleen said, Should you not anoint her, Father? pg. 10
Arrangements are made, the three ventured to see her, not really knowing what horrors they would see. To Melissa, it was just Maggie.
The next day she returned, and sat holding her hand until she passed.
I have always been grateful for the clear-headed courage of that Irish nun, not discouraged by medical professionals or intimidated by unfamiliar territory and the instincts of fear and dread, remembering the human essentials. Maggie needed us; she needed us and she needed God, and in some strange way those needs were not separate but the same. pg. 11
Melissa shares stories not only of her days growing up as 2nd eldest daughter in a family of 5 girls, but some of the stories shared between herself and mom about the monks.
Father Peregrine: Wise Abbot whom often interceded on behalf of Brother Tom whom was often in trouble.
Brother Tom: a handful of a young man whom found life in the abbey to be quite a challenge, to the point of leaving and enjoying life including the company of a young woman before returning and seeking to be allowed back in. But before that happens there is an invitation from Prior Williams of St. Dunstan`s Priory for Father Peregrine to take part in a conference, sent late not leaving much time for him to get there. The debate is to be on God`s nature is it based on justice or on mercy.
Fathers Peregrine and Chad, as well as Brother Tom set off on the journey, and pressing themselves hard arrive to the surprise of their host on time.
Prior William has set them up in the upstairs and when questioned on it replies, I had thought, the prior purred, smiling faintly, that a man who could make such good time on horseback must be less disabled than I expected. pg. 27
Tom jumps in and asks if this was the case why was not the invite sent earlier, but receives no reply.
Throughout the conference and during the meals Prior Williams does everything he can to belittle Father Peregrine, but no one stands up for him. Tom can take it no longer and walks to the head of the table.
He stood glaring at him for a moment, then said in contempt, `Ah, you sicken me. I would rather be the cockroach that crawls on the floor in the house where my abbot is master than be the greatest of those who serve under you. pg. 40
Tom is placed in jail and will receive a flogging once Father Peregrine gives his permission.
Will Brother Tom receive one? You will have to pick up this book and read it for yourself.
You will also learn more of Father Peregrine`s character as you read of his interactions with some of the other brothers: Francis, Theodore, Comac, Andrew and Allen Howick, as well as those with Father Matthew and Pere Guillaume. He has a real handle on all that is going on and is wise in how he shares what others need to learn without causing hard feelings. God has given him both wisdom and grace.
This book is a great read full of interesting characters and situations. Pick it up for yourself and enjoy this delightful read full of a little bit of everything: adventure, humour, power, true brotherly love and then some. It will leave you wanting more. And thankfully there are many more to this series.
Thank you to book fun.org and Lion Fiction for the opportunity to read this wonderful series in exchange for an honest review.