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Body and Soul
After spending the last 13 years in a strict convent in Wales, Anna returns home when her brother dies and finds herself tending to a pregnant sister-in-law, small children, and a failing family business. And, though she feels at times like an alien, the experience stirs in her a desire to stay and administer to her long-denied passions.
Hardcover, 351 pages
Published November 1st 1991 by St. Martin's Press
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Got this after seeing the same mini series that "Dan Brown" below saw. Unlike Dan's however my dvd was missing an episode or two, so I wanted to find out w,hat happened. The book is in a long tradition of nun books. It contains many recurring themes of the genre, including doubts of ones vocation, lesbian leanings, heterosexual longings. Sister Gabriel comes out of the convent to save the family mill after her brother's suicide. She is helped by plucky mill workers, a sexy young overseer, and hi...more
A Catholic nun, faith still strongly anchored, abandons her convent that has been her home for over ten years, and returns to her hometown to rescue the family mill that is on the brink of bankruptcy. Her co-nuns rebuke her but the mill workers embrace her for saving their livelihood. You can serve God within or without convent walls. The book was serialized into a movie by BBC.