The Back of the Book: Diary of a nun
Why did He have to allow such a cruel thing as this to happen? I might easily have settled down into a more or less contented sort of nun, if only those two had not pushed their way into my life in the way they did. It doesn’t seem fair, for I truly believed I was doing the right thing when I entered the convent. Why must it turn out to be the wrong thing now. Where, exactly, I wonder, did I begin to go astray?
Here is the revealing novel of a girl who answers the call to a religious vocation but discovers that she cannot break the one tie that binds her to the world outside convent walls.
NotJustLaura’s Review: When I bought this book, I rather thought it was a memoir. It isn’t and Ms Baldwin makes this very clear. I find it hard, however, to imagine that she did not draw on her own experience behind convent walls in order to write it. This was a quick and enjoyable read for me. Ms Baldwin provides us with a lively and intimate narrative in the form of a diary. The story reaches a satisfying – and unpredictable – conclusion and my only criticism lies with the gaps in the narrator’s telling. I think this says more about my fascination with nuns, however, rather than being a real short-fall on the part of the writer.