Monday, May 30, 2016
Review: The Beautiful Thread by:Penelope Wilcock
About the Book:
William, the capable former cellarer (administrator), has returned to St Alcuins at Abbot John's request to help his replacement learn the ropes. But William's return coincides with a bishop's visitation, a regular event. The bishop, a zealous churchman with a large entourage, has heard rumors of St Alcuins having had in their community one William de Bulmer, who is said to have attempted suicide and left the order - attempted suicide is a felony, and breaking monastic vows is a grave sin. (For those unfamiliar with the series, the bishop is entirely correct). The bishop wants to know where this man is so he can be arraigned before an ecclesiastical court, and wishes to discover what happened and what part Abbot John played in those events. His suspicions are well founded. As the story unfolds, the beautiful thread of the Gospel weaves quietly through the contrasting colours of human frailty, religious zeal and social pretension.
Each one of the books in this series is just simple and sweet. Even though there are people or situations that would deem it very serious, I still find that the story that the author is telling is just sweet and simple. I have fallen in love with the characters. They are just very true and authentic. Even though the series deals with real life issues and somewhat serious conditions it is a well researched series that is always leading back to authenticity for each character.
The author has done a terrific job in defining the characters well and details the habits of a monastery to a "T". She is very well researched and the plot line is very strong with notable characters. My favorite is William. He seems very resolute but very kind. I just have really fallen in love with his character and can't wait to learn more about him.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.