by Sue Monk Kidd - £8.99 Headline Books (2006)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780755307630 | ISBN 10: 0755307631
Forty-two, and married for half her life, Jessie Sullivan honestly believes that she is happy. She has a lovely home, a dependable husband and an accomplished and adored teenage daughter. But when shocking news about her mother compels Jessie to visit the remote island of her childhood, Jessie finds herself drawn to Brother Thomas, a Benedictine monk on the verge of taking his final vows.
Amid the seductive beauty of South Carolina salt marshes and tidal creeks, their encounters awaken an immense sexual and spiritual desire in Jesise, leaving her torn between powerful new longings and her enduring marriage. After all these years she is finally beginning to understand who she really is and where she belongs. But she has still to discover how much of her old life has a place in the new one.
"A great story of family secrets, passion and spirituality, both uplifting and poignant."
(Woman & Home)
(Price & availability last checked: May 2018)