Here, for the first time in my memory, is a wholly satisfying novel built around the figure of a rector of an Episcopal...

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THE BISHOP'S MANTLE

Here, for the first time in my memory, is a wholly satisfying novel built around the figure of a rector of an Episcopal church. There have been Catholic priests, Methodist and Baptist ministers, even circuit riders. But Agnes Turnbull now shows the drama, the humor, the pathos, the adventure in the daily as Hilary Laurens, grandson of a bishop, tries to live his faith, his idealism, his enthusiasm for his chosen profession. The wife he adores is labelled by many as frivolous and fast, but basically sound, she works through to some measure of success as his wife. His Senior Warden is perhaps his chief irritation- a man powerful in his wealth, determined to keep his young rector from meddling in the questionable sources of his fortune. It's a human story, full of incident, of conflict of personalities, set in the period just before Pearl Harbor. While reasonably accurate on details of this particular denomination, the basic tenets are truly portrayed, restoring one's faith in the power of right and goodness and moral courage. A book which fulfills the demand for a worthwhile story which is also inspirational.

Pub Date: Oct. 14, 1947

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Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1947