Monday, March 27, 2017

And Then There Were Nuns by Jane Christmas

If you've seen any of my Instagram stories, I spend a lot of time in the library on my days off writing and drinking coffee. On one such trip the table I was sitting near happened to be next to the stacks of religious books and the title of this one caught my eye (Agatha Christie fans, you know why).

This is a memoir about a woman who thinks she needs to follow this yearning she has to become a nun. She finally decides she needs to go and visit some convents and truly look into this path right around the same time her boyfriend proposes to her. I found this hilarious and totally engrossing right from the start. She visits four different places over the course of her journey and she details the real feelings and experiences she felt during this period in her life. 

While still in the library I started reading this book and by the time we left I was at chapter two and totally committed in following the path of this book. 

It's funny, it's serious, and it's the kind of memoir that totally draws you in, gives you a cup of tea, and settles you down for the ride. 

I'm not a religious person and I like how she gave information about some of the things she was writing about in such a way that you didn't feel silly for not knowing them. I was able to keep up and feel like I was experiencing what she experienced. 

I read this pretty fast over the span of two days. I love her writing style and I do believe she's written other books which I will be very happy to check out. I've always been curious about the lives of those who spend their time in religious orders and I enjoyed this look into that world.

Recommendation: If you are curious and are looking for a really good memoir about a life different then you're own, a life searching for something, or even a really good read, this is the book you should read.

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