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The Breath of Peace (The Hawk and the Dove Series) Paperback – April 27, 2016
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About the Author
Penelope Wilcock is the author of The Hawk and the Dove Series and many other books such as In Celebration of Simplicity and 100 Stand-Alone Bible Studies. 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, East Sussex.
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It really did hurt to read about William de Bulmer's childhood. He dealt with quite a bit of abuse in his family. These painful memories have an influence on his marriage. I also felt pain for Madeleine Hazell. To me, she comes across as a wild, barking dog. Easy to snap at William while he comes across like a lost sheep who means no harm whatsoever. I wondered did Penelope Wilcock's feelings about a monk and his religious duties cause her to write in a softer tone about William's actions in the marriage.
I also had trouble with whom the couple picked as their marriage counselor. He is Madeleine's biological brother. I thought Madeleine's brother would show favoritism to her and not William. It is interesting to read Abbot John's answer to each of them. I think he truly was close to God because neither William or Madeleine seemed unhappy with the outcome of the meetings.
I didn't expect this plot for the next in the series. I was shocked to receive a book about a marriage and a marriage between two very different people. Again, I am anxious to read the next book in the series. Penelope Wilcock has a way of teaching practical lessons through the use of St. Alcuin's monastery in Yorkshire without making me feel like she is getting across Christian lessons. I also have fallen in love with the 14th century. In Breath of Peace, I had the chance to see more closely how ordinary people would live with farm life and all. The author also sustains a certain amount of consistency. I can not point to one book which has bored me or has been a repeat of a plot. Penelope Wilcock is an amazing author of Church History Fiction.
The main characters in The Breath of Peace are a newlywed couple that started their marital journey later in life. Every marriage requires an adjustment of personalities, responsibilities and habits. But as an ex-monk and ex-abbot, William de Bulmer has even more adjustments than most as he tries to navigate the very ill fitting roles of farming and animal husbandry. He's wondering if he'll ever feel competent in his new life. His wife, Madeleine, has much greater acuity for animal keeping, gardening and the affairs of running a country home and it seems that every effort on her husband's part is greeted with sarcasm or sharp criticism.
How can two people who love each other, learn to adjust to one another's rough edges without being injured in the process? Each spouse recognizes the daily strife they have been perpetuating and neither seems able to get out of the grip of bad habits. A timely visit from Madeleine's brother, the current Abbot, brings unexpected help. As each spouse confides in Abbot John, he finds himself in the awkward position of trying to assist two people through a journey he has never taken.
I highly recommend the whole series but each book can be enjoyed on its own merits. I had read the first three books in Wilcock's series, The first three books in the Hawk & the Dove series laid a wonderful introduction to the monastic life during the time of Chaucer. The Breath of Peace is book 7 and while I had not read books 4-6, I still thoroughly enjoyed getting to know new characters on the stage of St. Alcuin's world. For anyone who needs a breath of peace in spiritual life or one's relational life, Wilcock's book will give the reader much to learn and apply.
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of The Breath of Peace from Kregel Publications for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received.
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This is the first of this series that I have read, and what an incredibly fun series it is to read!Read more