The Breath of Peace (#07 in The Hawk And The Dove Series)
Madeleine Hazell and William de Bulmer have been married a year. She is a healer, a wise woman, practical, intelligent and blunt. He is not only an ex-monk, but an ex-abbot, accustomed to authority, administration, and figures ? but less...
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Madeleine Hazell and William de Bulmer have been married a year. She is a healer, a wise woman, practical, intelligent and blunt. He is not only an ex-monk, but an ex-abbot, accustomed to authority, administration, and figures ? but less capable in such matters as shutting up chickens for the night. They are deeply, irrevocably in love. And every conversation may become a battlefield that leaves both wounded and resentful. Meanwhile at nearby St Alcuin's Abbey, the aged monk who served as cellarer has died, and Abbot John finds himself critically short-handed. Who will handle the rents? The provisions? With a sense of rising panic Abbot John turns to his friend William, the man who renounced his vows for love ? only to find that John's own pastoral skills may be required in matters matrimonial. But what does a monk know of matrimony? Except that everyone is only human and kindness is the oil of grace for both the cloister and the hearth.
Pen Wilcock is the author of a number of novels, including The Hawk and the Dove trilogy (Crossway) and The Clear Light of Day (Monarch / David C Cook) and various other books including the classic Spiritual Care of Dying and Bereaved People (soon to be reissued by Lion). She has many years of experience as a Methodist minister and has worked as a hospice and school chaplain. She has five adult daughters and lives in Hastings, UK.