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Book Review: Sacred Hearts

Sacred Hearts by Sarah Dunant

In 1570, Novice Serafina has been forced into a convent because her family has not enough money to give her and her sister a dowry. Also her romance with the music teacher didn’t help matters. Serafina rages against her incarceration as the Abbess tries to control her, Zuana tries to help her and Umiliana tries to use her for her own agenda.

Serafina wants her freedom and to reunite with the man she loves. But is such a thing possible? This is a very good book. It’s a compelling tale of a claustrophobic, religious atmosphere and how women forced into the life struggle to adapt to it. This tale is rich with historical and cultural detail. This is another triumph from the author of ‘In the Company of the Courtesan’.
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