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Book 2 of 5 in the Monastery Murders Series

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Donna Fletcher Crow is author of more than thirty-five novels. She has twice won first place in the Historical Fiction category from the National Association of Press Women, and has also been a finalist for "Best Inspirational Novel" from the Romance Writers of America. She is a member of The Arts Centre Group, and Sisters in Crime. www.donnafletchercrow.com
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  • Series: The Monastery Murders (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Monarch Books (December 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857210505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857210500
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,170,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Reader's Opinion: Let me begin by saying that I found this book both, interesting and enjoyable - simply put, I liked it. Let me explain. I know nothing of Catholicism, very little of the Church of England, or to be honest, a majority of the religious references and history mentioned in this book. Before reading, I was aware that I would run into a lot of unfamiliar information and I believe that is what allowed me to enjoy the book as much as I did. There were times when I felt there was too much delving into the religious aspect, but I read those sections more like I was in a university class, so I found it interesting.

Antony was by far my favorite character. He's kind, chivalrous and unassuming, but certainly not boring. His humble demeanor was balanced out with noticeable charm and I found myself smiling each and every time he winked or grinned at Felicity. Our heroine, Felicity was an enigma in the first third of the book. I couldn't decide if I liked her or was just putting up with her. As the story progressed, Felicity proved to be a worthy heroine - a modern personality warring with the search for some higher purpose. She found her footing halfway through and began to show her strength and determination. Her personality seemed to shine through more as the story progressed and I became immersed in both the intellectual and romantic relationship between her and Antony.

Then there's the murder and mystery - well plotted, well developed and not entirely predictable. I'll admit that one of the culprits was a complete surprise to me. I had gone along thinking I knew everyone who did it and where I figured out most, I appreciated that the author could twist enough to keep me on my mental toes.
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Title: A DARKLY HIDDEN TRUTH (Monastery Murder Series Book 2)
Author: Donna Fletcher Crow
Publisher: Monarch
Pages: 365
Year: 2011
Note: I received a complimentary copy from Kregel. Follow future reviews and read past reviews on my Blog, Seeking Him with all Yur Heart: [...]
Have you ever watched a movie, TV series or read a book looking forward to the upcoming action? How about starting a sequel of the original be it a movie, television or a book only to not finish it because you were disappointed? Let me tell you, this series written by Donna Fletcher Crow seems to only get better with each book. Mrs. Crow is a writer who not only researches for her stories from various sources; she actually travels to where her stories take place.
In this second book, Antony and Felicity are back on the track of another murder? Not in this well written, highly intriguing story. Each of the characters is battling his own thoughts and fears, all the while looking for where they belong, a question real people ask all the time. What keeps the reader from putting the book down is that the path each main character takes is not the same one, yet they are intertwined in a way the reader seeks to grasp.
While most authors put the height of the story in the middle, Donna does a masterful job of placing action right near the latter portion of these novels. She takes care to lay the groundwork from a historical perspective for the story, and then she brings characters her readers can identify with into the story. There seem to be multiple stories happening simultaneously with the characters, though it isn't hard for the audience to follow at all. There are many themes woven in the tapestry of the story.
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Not having read the first book, A Very Private Grave, I thought this read might leave me wondering what was going on...not so!
This read begins with Felicity embarking on a journey to become a nun. Felicity reminded me of Maria in the movie, The Sound of Music. Felicity loves life and likes change. Sometimes Felicity changes her way of life, like wanting to become a nun, just because the notion overtakes her at the time or going off to another convent just because of the adventure. Even though, at the time, Felicity is totally convinced that it is the right thing to do, never thinking of consequences or life results. One cannot help but love Felicity!
Being Protestant I was slightly confused at the being of this read...I thought this was about the Catholic church but then I realized that Felicity and Anthony are Anglican (like the Episcopal church). A Catholic priest takes a vow not to marry; whereas, an Anglican priest can marry. From a protestants view point, I found all of the church history very enlightening and informative.
This is one read that won't leave you hanging! The mystery of sacred icons being stolen and murders abounding makes for a grand gothic read! Ms. Crow writes with a dynamic mix of intellect and realism! The reader can "feel" the chill of the monastery or the blandness of the dreary sky.
Then there is the emotion of family dynamics between Felicity and her mother which is so true to life or the sweet hint of romance whenever Anthony is around Felicity. Loved the ending to this story!
This stand.alone.read is not to be missed! And will make you wanting more...waiting impatiently for The Unholy Communion book #3 in the Monastery Murders.
*This book was provided for review by Kregel Publications*
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