I don’t usually review books but I was lucky enough to win this book through Goodreads so I thought I would share just a few small thoughts on it.
I really enjoyed In This Vale of Tears, it is not usually the type of book I would read but I thought perhaps it was time to expand my book horizons, and I’m glad I did.
The characters where all interesting and developed well and I found myself really putting myself in their situations regardless of if they related to me or not. In saying that though, although it is heavily themed with Catholicism, you find much more out of it than just religion, as I think most of the issues that the characters are dealing with, most people would be able to relate to.
The imagery was beautiful and it was a reminded to me that I should be reading more books set in Australia.
Overall an enjoyable read!
By Millicent on Goodreads (2017)
Very interesting story with an original theme. Suspenseful without being gory. Religious theme runs through it but in no way is it sanctimonious or bothersome to non-believers. I recommend it as good and original reading.
5 stars Amazon review, Evelyn Felice, 6 October 2012
‘…a gripping follow-up to The Castle of Heavenly Bliss, with engaging characters and a masterful treatment of the ideological issues…
Dr Paul McKenna South Caulfield VIC
‘I enjoyed In This Vale of Tears…the feminists were well done…know your enemy…this is a gutsy book’
Margaret Condon, Castle Hill NSW
…an accurate account of happenings within some religious orders…an uncanny representation of the experiences of religious…as gripping and targeted as The Castle of Heavenly Bliss
Fr Terence Naughtin, Franciscan Friars, Kellyville NSW