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Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
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Nov 15, 09

bookshelves: 2009, general-fiction
Read in November, 2009

I had a difficult time staying focused on this one. It takes place in a 16th century Italian convent, so I wasn't exactly expecting it to move swiftly, but I did think that the more interesting convent politics could have been introduced earlier. Sarah Dunant uses the Counter-Reformation as the backdrop for her story about a young woman who is unwillingly sent to the convent. It's clear that Dunant spent quite a bit of time researching what life would have been like for the nuns during this time period, and the details are what keep the first half of the book from being generic and dull. I would recommend this one mainly to anyone who has a special interest in the topic or time period.
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Jennie I so need to read this.

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