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The characters are engaging and the story compelling.
At the same time the abbess seeks desperately to remain a convent apart while the greater church invokes new restrictions on the tiny luxuries the nuns still enjoy.
I found the book to be well researched however it was also tedious to get through in areas too much detail.
This book kept me interested from the first to the last page. First, there is a great deal of beautiful historical context, humanized by the characters that come alive because of... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Infomapper
i enjoyed reading Sacred Heart, having a convent school education, it brought back some memories and it was quick reading.Published 1 month ago by Doris Tarbell
I am a great lover of historical fiction and I had heard about this book for several years before I finally got around to reading it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NDP_NYC
Sarah Dunant is such a beautiful writer. Great prose. Interesting story line. Excellent character development.
Have you also read "in the company of a courtesan? Read more
Loved the history and was enlightened about this period in the history of the Catholic Church. I found the characters to be believable and felt that the author had a wonderful... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Winifred Turer
Historical fiction with refreshing twists. I read everything I can get my hands on by this author. Readers will not be disappointed.Published 2 months ago by Rosanna Pirri
This book is a rare historical novel, a page turning drama about life in an Italian convent, compelling and exciting despite the near total absence of men–aside from a Father... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Nathan Albright
We are never away from politics- even in a nunnery but love conquers even the confines of the grey walls.Published 3 months ago by Rhonda Chapin