The Chosen Shell

The Chosen Shell

by Katherine Sartori


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The Chosen Shell by Katherine Sartori

Celie O'Rourke, sensing a calling from God, enters a California convent during the 1960s, a turbulent era of change in the Catholic Church. Four years later, she is teaching Latino children with great success. But the cult-like practices of her monastic Order threaten her fragile self-confidence, as she grapples with sexual feelings she can no longer suppress.

Celie's charismatic Superior offers her guidance and friendship plus the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream. . .but these gifts come with a high price. Confused, she takes refuge at a retreat house where she meets an accomplished New York businessman, Tony DeStephano. Though from different worlds, the bond they feel is electric. . .but forbidden.

A former nun, author Katherine Sartori has created a fictional story, inspired by her own experiences as well as those of the Sisters she met. Her novel seeks to contrast idealism with the realities of convent living.

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ISBN-13: 9780988374607
Publisher: Dream Traveler Press
Publication date: 12/19/2012
Pages: 316
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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MaryAnn_Koopmann More than 1 year ago
Many ex nun books talk about spiritual anguish, pain at religious upheaval or discontent born of intimate confusion... but not this one. This isn't so much the story of a nun and her journey back to the world she'd escaped but the simple and endearing story of a woman in love with God who was unwilling to be dishonest. Good story, simple and to the point... much like the woman it describes. Very well written and I look forward to more books by Katherine Sartori.