25/06/2004

A Question of Integrity

Novel by Susan Howatch, first in the 'St Benet's' trilogy.

Alice, overweight and depressed, comes by chance to St Benet's Church in London. To her surprise, she finds a healing service taking place and gets to know Nick Darrow the Rector. He helps her when her aunt dies, and then helps her to find a job.

The book follows Alice's return to wholeness and integrity, Nick's serious marriage problems, and his colleague Lewis's battles against a hip replacement operation. There are some very traumatic moments, some high drama, a bit of psychology, and a hopeful conclusion.

Gripping throughout, even at the third time of reading. Highly recommended.

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