Book Review: The Hawk and the Dove Trilogy

Posted by Katrina Roets at 11:33 AM

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In a moment of decision, they will each face the truth of their own heart in God's presence

Tom must choose between the beautiful girl he loves and the call of God upon his life.

In utter despair and abandonment, Francis finds that Someone is already praying in his own dark Gethsemane. Never again will he need to hide his pain and insecurity behind a jest.

When James cannot escape the truth of who he is, waves of shame threaten to engulf him. He pours out his confession and grief to God and rises a newborn child of grace

They belonged to another century, yet their struggles are our own—finding our niche; coping with failure; living with impossible people; and changing when we realize that we are the impossible one. These humble seekers, called to live together in brotherhood, discover in the daily rhythm of their work and worship that the whole of life is a love story about a tender and passionate God. Rich with imagery and emotion, their tales depict love in action, and love given in the most trying of circumstances.

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This series of books (The Hawk and the Dove, The Wounds of God, The Long Fall) had me from the first few sentences. I started reading and I couldn't put them down. It's pretty well known that I'm a lover of historical fiction, but I admit that I wasn't sure how I'd feel about this series. Well, as you've already discovered, I loved it.  The writing was down to earth and opened me up to a world that I'd never really experienced before. It's not often that I get to delve into the lives of monks living back in the 14th century and honestly, I'm hoping that I get another chance at another time.

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I received copies of these books for the purpose of this review.  All thoughts, comments, and opinions are my own.

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