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May 25, 2015

THE HAWK AND THE DOVE - THE LONG FALL - THE WOUNDS OF GOD by Penelope Wilcock



THE HAWK AND THE DOVE SERIES:

BOOK ONE: THE HAWK AND THE DOVE
5 STARS
BOOK TWO: THE WOUNDS OF GOD
5 STARS
 BOOK THREE: THE LONG FALL
5 STARS
by
Penelope Wilcock


This is a series centred around the fictional Benedictine monastery of St Alcuin’s, in Yorkshire, and set in the fourteenth century. At the start of the first novel Father Peregrine is appointed Abbot, at the age of 45. Father Peregrine, whose name in religion is Columba, is an arrogant, impatient man, a hawk trying hard to be a dove, whose struggles to manifest the character he considers to be expected of an abbot provide much of the narrative. He is surrounded by a company of flawed, human monks who are – for the most part – also serious about their calling, and who – again for the most part – come to love their driven and hard-driving leader. They lived six centuries ago, yet their struggles are our own—finding our niche; coping with failure; living with impossible people; and discovering that we are the impossible ones.
(from Amazon)


  • The Hawk and the Dove


    Penelope Wilcock

    14th-century Yorkshire, the time of Chaucer Father Peregrine is appointed Abbot of St. Alcuin's Benedictine abbey. An arrogant, impatient man, a hawk trying hard to be a dove--his name in religion is "Columba"--he is respected, but not loved. A sudden, shocking act of violence changes everything. As the story unfolds, this community of monks, serious about their calling but as flawed and human...
  • The Wounds of God


    Penelope Wilcock

    Has Peregrine been broken? Injured in an attack by old adversaries, Father Peregrine transforms from a steely, articulate, impressive leader into a humbled, crippled, wise mentor. Relying on the kindness of his fellow monks, the fiercely independent, hawkish abbot begins to regain his feet. But he faces a fresh challenge. The Augustinian Priory of St. Dunstan lies three days' ride to the southwest,...
  • The Long Fall


    Penelope Wilcock

    14th-century Yorkshire, the time of Chaucer Peregrine, strong and beloved abbot of St. Alcuin's monastery, suffers a stroke. Now incapacitated, he begins an arduous recovery with the help of his brothers in the infirmary. Brother Tom, the young monk closest to him, is horrified by the suffering Peregrine's illness has inflicted. He keeps his distance, out of his depth. How will he find the courage...  (from Kregel Blog Tours)


    About the Author

    Penelope Wilcock is the author of The Hawk and the Dove Series and many other books such as In Celebration of Simplicity and 100 Stand-Alone Bible Studies. She has many years of experience as a Methodist minister and has worked as a hospice and school chaplain. She has five adult daughters and lives in Hastings, East Sussex.

    Penelope WilcockMy aim in writing is to make goodness attractive. I love simple human kindness and gentleness, and I am moved by human vulnerability. I am fascinated by the power that is within our grasp to lift one another up, to heal and strengthen and encourage each other - our power to bless.
    In the novels I write, I think of the reader sitting down to enjoy a book, the door of their imagination open wide to allow the story in to influence and shape their spirit. I accept the responsibility that confers as a great privilege, and it is my intention that when you put down any book of mine at the end of reading it, you will feel hopeful, peaceful and comforted, more ready to look on your fellow human beings with compassion and see their point of view.
    I live in the English town on Hastings, on East Sussex's south coast. I write a blog called Kindred of the Quiet Way.
    I would like to encourage you who are reading this to take the trouble to review on Amazon the books you read - as a reader I find customer reviews immensely helpful in making up my mind whether to purchase a book, and as a writer I find readers' reviews so valuable as feedback and food for thought.


    REVIEW
    BOOK ONE: THE HAWK AND THE DOVE
     The author tells about a collection of monks and their trrals and journeys.   You will fall in love with the Monks.   Ms. Wilcock wrote the stories with such  honesty, reality and some hurt.   You will find some of the characters were just plain senile and silly.  I found myself having a little chuckle over them.    There were also some tears for those that were hurt.  The main characters made your heart feel warm and soothed when they were healed.  They were loved by a brother who had a mother's heart.  The reader will get inspiration by the powerful love of Peregrine.  I can't wait to read and review the next two parts of the series.
    I was given a complimentary copy of  THE HAWK AND THE DOVE from the author, Penelope Wilcock and Kregel Blog Tours for my view of the book.

    I would give this book 5 STARS.

    BOOK TWO: THE WOUNDS OF GOD
    I first read THE HAWK AND THE DOVE Book One of the series.  This book THE WOUNDS OF GOD is the second book.  They are stand alones but you will understand the books better if you read them  in sequence.  A daughter during modern times is being told stories from her mother and the stories are about a monastery in the 1300's and the monks who lived there.  The main character of the book, is Father Peregrine who is an ancestor.  The woven web is between two time periods.   Things that happened in one go on in the stories from the other one.   Each story has a lesson to be learned.  They are teaching books. I did feel the book was a little too preachy sometimes. I did enjoy reading about the characters and the monastery.  The book is so easy to read that it's almost like reading  short stories.


    I received a complimentary copy of  THE WOUNDS OF GOD from the author and Kregel Blog Tours for my view of the book.

    I would give this book 5 STARS.

    BOOK THREE:  THE LONG FALL
    Ms. Wilcock takes the reader on a journey of the very simple yet detailed life of a monastic monk.  This took place prior to contemporary times.    The author gives us details of the ritualistic and demanding life of the community.  All the brothers have different callings in the community and have relationships with each other. The author gives the reader little tid bits  of a deepness that has been woven like a web into the story.  The author deals with many difficult things,  illness, suffering, death, euthenasia, suicide and that just barely touches the surface. The book will keep  you thinking about it for days or even weeks to come.

    I was given a complimentary copy of THE LONG FALL from the author, Penelope Wilcock and Kregel Blog Tours for my view of the book.

    I would give this book 5 STARS.
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