8142914So close to my goal of ten books this month!  One more ftw!

The latest one to fall to my reading hunger is The Convent by Panos Karenezis.  It’s a little out of the way contemporary fiction book that deals with the life in a failing convent of nuns in the Spanish sierra.

Once home to tens of nuns, attendance at Our Lady of Mercy has declined over the years until now it is home to only six nuns.  The Mother Superior and five others.  They live in relative peace and quiet together, eking out a meager and simple living away from the rest of the world, when one morning their peace is shattered when they find a baby on their doorstep.

Now, we can all guess where this is going yes?  One of the nuns obviously broke her vows somehow and had a baby in secret.  This is the logical assumption.  However jealousy, anger, bitterness, and their own haunting pasts leave some of the nuns to draw very different conclusions.  These ideas vary from animal sacrifices, devil worshiping, and the child being a product of Satan; to the babe being a gift from God much like Jesus was a gift to Mary: a miracle child, born to no mortal mother and conjured on the steps of the convent by God for the nuns.

It made me chuckle at first that these would be the first thoughts that leapt into the women’s minds, but it was also intriguing following them as they picked apart the mystery piece by piece.  Finally in the end, the truth is outed to some, kept hidden from others, one commits a mortal sin and one disappears never to be seen again.  And when they finally figure out who the father is, it might surprise you.  Came straight out of left field for me.

A little dark because two of these nuns have some serious issues they try and hash out over the course of the book, The Convent was not something I would normally read, but at the same time I do not regret it.  It was quick and interesting and I kinda wish there was another one to tell us what becomes of the child after the ending here.

Enjoy folks.

One more to go!  But will it be the last?  I scored an advanced reader’s copy of S.E.C.R.E.T by L. Marie Adeline that’s not due to be released until next Tuesday February 5th.  Written by a Canadian author, S.E.C.R.E.T is being touted as the Canadian Fifty Shades of Grey, and after reading the first few pages already, I can tell at the very least the writing is SO much better.  Looking forward to reading the whole thing!

16142262Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the sudden death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S∙E∙C∙R∙E∙T is a world where fantasy becomes reality.