I heard about this book from my Mother in-law who gave me her copy to read. It sort of fitted in perfectly as I had just started work on my own Renaissance Catholic based novel! The number one thing about Dunant’s book is the characters which were captivating. You could not do anything other than love or hate them. It was an extreme either way!
The story is about a group of nuns in Ferrera, Italy. A young novice there against her will, a strict nun desperate for the ecstasy of seeing Jesus, an apothecary and the strong abbess eager for young dowries. Everything revolves around the novice who is desperate to escape the monastery for the arms of her lover, and the relationship she forms with the dispensary nun.
The novel was long, and it could have been rounded up quite a few pages shorter as it did drag a little in the middle where nothing much was happening – it was all just leading up to the finale… only very, very slowly!
I love Dunant’s writing. There is a really gorgeous flow to it that captures everything perfect, and yet leaves a tiny bit missing which allows your imagination to fill.
I cannot wait to read more of her stuff!