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Seeking Sanctuary (2003)
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0751533394, Paperback)When Theo Calvert was driven out of the family home by his wife's cloying piety he had determined that his daughters would follow him, but in the face of the law, the girls' health and his wife's intransigence, he failed. But, if he lost the battle for their souls in life, he would make amends in death, craftily shaping his will to benefit them so long as they did not follow their mother's example. His daughters felt they had lost either way, especially Anna. She had promiscuously turned her back on her mother's teachings, but watched in horror as her sister Therese followed those same lessons and naively accepted the faith which Anna was certain had ruined their lives. In her rebellion against such blind belief she at first doesn't notice the worm in their midst when the convent where Therese has settled employs a new gardener. And when she does wake up to the danger she realises she may have left it too late to save their legacy and their lives.
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Anna and Therese are sisters whose father walked out on them, driven away by his wife's pious Christianity. Anna leaves the convent while Therese is still consumed by the life of duty and worship. A new gardener called Francis arrives and the other nuns are besotted by his charm and handiwork. But Anna is less convinced by his motives. The killing of a magpie is a dark, eerie, ominous sign of what is to follow. Anna tries to discover Francis's motives and realises that the answers lie in her family's past.
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