Title: The Long Fall (The Hawk and the Dove #3)
Author: Penelope Wilcock
Publisher: Lion Fiction
This third book in the series follows the deepening friendship between Brother Tom and Father Peregrine as they continue their service in the monastic life to God under the St. Benedictine creed. Even though the brothers are not to have friendships with particular brothers, this special friendship does develop. Father Peregrine is under some stress as money is short and the list of repairs to their farm, which feeds them and provides revenue, is long. Shortly thereafter, Father Peregrine suffers more physical tragedy, resulting in further disability on top of the injuries he sustained in book one of the series, The Hawk and the Dove.
Now, the fiercely independent and sometimes prideful Father Peregrine must depend on someone else for all his needs. Brother Tom has trouble reconciling the man Father Peregrine has become to the man he once was and refused to visit Peregrine. This hurts Father Peregrine tremendously as he has come to value and depend upon Brother Tom’s friendship. Brother Tom in finally convinced to visit Father Peregrine and slowly their friendship re-establishes itself. There are deep conversations about life and God between the two.
Negatives: I missed the element that was present in the first two novels of the more contemporary characters of Melissa and her mother sharing these stories. I also don’t agree with how Father Peregrine extracts a promise from Brother Tom to help him end his life when the time comes.
Positives: I liked the touch of humor here and there sprinkled throughout the story. I really was touched by the relationship between Brother Tom and Father Peregrine of spiritual mentor to mentee, the almost father to son aspect, as well as being able to share their deepest humiliations and struggles, making themselves extremely vulnerable while maintaining their respect and friendship for one another.
My rating is 4 stars out of 5.
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