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Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant
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Dec 29, 2013

really liked it

Sarah Dunant writes beautifully. From the very beginning I was transported into 1570 and the closed world of the Benedectine nuns of Ferrara. It is not only a historical trip back to Renaissance Italy when the Catholic Church retaliated against the Protestant Reformation, it is a look at the minds of women. The full duplicity of women is brought to the fore, along with their weaknesses and strengths. Science vies with faith, politics with religion and youth with age.

Do not expect descriptions of Ferrara, a university town in the north of Italy, everything takes place behind the convent walls. Do not expect a complicated plot with multiple twists and turns. Do expect a vivid,suspenseful account of how a young novice, entered into the order against her will affects the running of the convent bringing out the good and the bad in the sisters. This is a well-researched, mesmerising narrative that moves at the pacce of a thriller, whilst providing cold comfort.

I heartily recommend this novel.

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Reading Progress

December 29, 2013 – Started Reading
December 29, 2013 – Shelved
January 5, 2014 – Finished Reading

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