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Instead of church architecture, this period novel explores spiritual architecture - and without the vivid violence or sex of a "Pillars". Neither is it chiefly a romantic love story as the publisher's blurb could suggest. I'm vacillating between 4 and 5 stars - While it's not a GREAT novel and the narration did grate on my ears in a couple of places, once I listened long enough to get the author's rhythm, it was 1. a darn good read 2. original 3. in an odd way topical, given the curent Vatican "visitation" of N. American religious orders 4. helps answer why there is not more female composed Renaisance church music in existance and 5. gives some credit to the genius walled up (voluntarily or otherwise) in those medieval and Renaisance convents = 5 stars (but don't expect a page turner)
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This is a wonderful story that says a lot about the relationships between women. The historical background, in the book, is an added bonus. All the characters are well developed by the author. I felt as though I knew each one intimately by the book's end. Anyone interested in the history of women, cloistered nuns and who enjoys a love story that takes place on many levels will enjoy this book.
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