Rated 5+ Stars
From: My keeper shelves
I have decided to do a leisurly re-read of Susan Howatch's Starbridge series. Since this is a re-read I have decided, for no particular reason, to start with the last book and to read my way through the series backwards.
These books have always had a special place in my heart which is very odd since I generally do not read Christian books. But unlike most "Christain" literature being
FROM AMAZON: This final novel in a double trilogy about the Church of England in the 1930s and the 1960s is a splendid conclusion to the series (begun with Glittering Images, LJ 6/1/87) and a powerful combination of psychological insight, theological depth, and storytelling ability. Howatch simultaneously provides her reader with both marvelous entertainment and genuine insight into the human condition. The narrator for this volume is Charles Ashworth, now Bishop of Starbridge, who staunchly, even self-righteously, defends traditional values. This continues until crisis-and his wife's journal-reveal to him the "shadow" side of his own life and its effect on his two sons; his dean, Stephen Aysgarth; other clergy; several women; and himself. The end is phoenix-like, as characters rise from their own ashes, yet never unrealistic.