In a world increasingly connected to computers and machines but disconnected to self and others, Dr. Michele Stewart finds herself drowning in a life that no longer holds meaning. Searching for a deeper connection after losing her partner, Alice, she enters a contemplative monastery, living a life dedicated to prayer, to faith in things unseen.
Though most of her family and friends are convinced that she has become a nun to run away from her life, she finds herself more attuned to life than she has been in years. Stripped of the things that define most people in the outside world - career, clothing, possessions - she rediscovers a long forgotten part of herself.
But sooner than she expects, the outside world intrudes, forcing her to confront doubts and demons she thought she had left behind. The ultimate test of her vocation comes from the unlikeliest source when she finds herself falling in love again. As she struggles to discern where she belongs, she discovers the terrifying truth of Abbess Theodora's warning. For better or for worse.
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Is it necessary to say anything about a book after the word “Magnificent” is used? Only if anything else helps to get someone to read this book. If you read the blurb on the cover, just remember that this is not a book about religion, but about how religion can be one aspect that enriches a person’s life. In This Small Spot is a powerful story about love, not just of the heart, but of the soul. It juxtaposes two plot lines, one dealing with the profound love between two people and the other about the equally profound love of a woman for God and the community of women who bring her closer to his will, whatever that may be. Caren J. Werlinger is a powerful voices in dramatic fiction. Her stories are always different, strong and interesting. She doesn’t feel the compulsion to write the same story over and over with just a change of names, but comes up with compelling characters with unique stories to tell. Once you start reading one of her books, it becomes almost impossible to stop reading until the end, even though you keep hoping the book won’t end. Werlinger weaves a spell with her stories that draws the reader in and won’t let her go. The reader will wish she knew these people. Werlinger also shows great confidence in her stories. She doesn’t write according to a formula and isn’t afraid to include things that some would rather not read. This is a good place to say that In This Small Place has an appropriate, but sad ending. Not unhappy, but poignant. It takes courage for an author to do that when most readers say they want “happily ever after” in each book. Readers shouldn’t focus on the ending of a book, but on the quality of the experience of reading it. If you haven’t read any of Caren Werlinger’s books, start here, but don’t let this be the last one you try.
Amazingly moving and well crafted story. All with a depth i do not know how to describe. I highly recommend this book.