In This House of Brede

In This House of Brede

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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The poignant, New York Times -bestselling novel of the spiritual and personal lives of nuns cloistered in a Benedictine monastery as change begins to rock the Catholic Church. For most of her adult life, Philippa Talbot has been a successful British professional. Now in her forties, the World War II-widow has made a startling decision: She's giving up her civil service career and elite social standing to join a convent as a postulant Roman Catholic nun. In Sussex in the south of England, Philippa begins her new life inside Brede Abbey, a venerable, 130-year-old Benedictine monastery. Taking her place among a diverse group of extraordinary women, young and old, she is welcomed into the surprisingly rich and complex world of the devout, whom faith, fate, and circumstance have led there. From their personal stories, both uplifting and heartbreaking, Philippa draws great strength in the weeks, months, and years that follow, as the confidence, conflicts, and poignant humanity of her fellow sisters serve to validate her love and sacred purpose. But a time of great upheaval in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church approaches as the winds of change blow at gale force. And for the financially troubled Brede and the acolytes within, it will take no less than a miracle to weather the storm. Author Rumer Godden spent three years living in close proximity to Stanbrook Abbey in Worcestershire communing with the Benedictine nuns in preparation for the writing of this beloved bestseller. The result is an honest and unforgettable novel of love, sacrifice, and devotion, a major literary achievement from the acclaimed author of Black Narcissus and The River. This ebook features an illustrated biography of the author including rare images from the Rumer Godden Literary Estate.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Open Road Media,, [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781504040358
Characteristics: 1 online resource (506 pages)


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jaybarksdale Nov 17, 2012

If you liked this, you might try Sylvia Townsend Warner's The Corner that Held Them. It too is of life in a convent, but in 14th century England. A very different book from a very very different writer.

patienceandfortitude Oct 15, 2012

This is a fast moving novel about the lives of a community of nuns in a Benedictine monastery, just prior to and after Vatican II. It is a wonderful read, chock full of insight. I highly recommend to anyone looking for a little understanding about a unique way of living out one's faith.

Apr 26, 2011

This is a lovely novel, the story of a woman who gave up her "beautifully arranged" life for the sake of God. The author describes life in a Benedictine monastery as a great wheel of work and prayer, making this life seem very beautiful indeed. It was most interesting to compare this novel with the memoir "I leap over the wall" by Monica Baldwin, to learn that unless you are truly called to this life by God, you will not make it all the way through.

The ultimate lesson, "Nothing but the whole is good enough for God," is drawn through the whole book with lovely writing, multiple points of view, and backing and forthing through time. I could have done without Dame Veronica's story, but I suppose even that was ultimately necessary to the entire tale.

Altogether this is a beautiful book and I highly recommend it.


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Mar 20, 2014

"They had made her give herself away--and at once the inevitable answer came back. Isn't that what you came for? To give yourself away? She remembered her Solemn Profession, her vows and the moment when she had lain before the altar--a holocaust. A little thing, thought Philippa, but the greatest thing anyone can give: yourself"


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