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Best Wishes, Sister B

by Fran Smith

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Prayer and ingenuity have kept the remote English convent of St. Winifred in the Fen going for centuries, but now the roof leaks, the bell tower is crumbling and rats have moved in. The Bishop's accountant wants to send the retired sisters to a home, disperse the working nuns, pull down the buildings and sell the land off as a car park. But he has reckoned without the unstoppable force that is Reverend Mother Elizabeth. With her team of ex-offenders, migrant workers, and passing strangers, she plans not just to save, but also to renew, restore and revivify the sisterhood. The gentle, witty letters of Sister Boniface, who, as newly-appointed convent shopkeeper, has a big role to play in this challenge, chart a year of the sisters' struggle as they get to grips with the harsh realities of the 21st century armed mainly with kindness and home-baked biscuits.… (more)
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Sister B (Boniface) receives a letter from Sister Emelda, whose mission is in Peru, asking for membership in Sisters Worldwide Writing Circle which was started so that nuns could write and encourage other nuns. This begins their pen-pal relationship—each letter Sister B writes tells the doings at St. Winifreda’s in Three Fens. Sister B has opened a small shop at the convent where she plans to sell organic vegetables and handmade items to help with repairs on the run down building. It soon takes on a life of its own with the help from a cast of quirky characters and a dose of divine intervention.

Charming, witty with a dash of suspense and sorrow to keep it real; it reminded me of my favorite TV series Call the Midwife. I’m giving 5 stars to Fran Smith for Best Wishes Sister B, which I read in Kindle. ( )
  PamelaBarrett | Jul 25, 2014 |
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Prayer and ingenuity have kept the remote English convent of St. Winifred in the Fen going for centuries, but now the roof leaks, the bell tower is crumbling and rats have moved in. The Bishop's accountant wants to send the retired sisters to a home, disperse the working nuns, pull down the buildings and sell the land off as a car park. But he has reckoned without the unstoppable force that is Reverend Mother Elizabeth. With her team of ex-offenders, migrant workers, and passing strangers, she plans not just to save, but also to renew, restore and revivify the sisterhood. The gentle, witty letters of Sister Boniface, who, as newly-appointed convent shopkeeper, has a big role to play in this challenge, chart a year of the sisters' struggle as they get to grips with the harsh realities of the 21st century armed mainly with kindness and home-baked biscuits.

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