American-France Fiction Award -- French Academy Prize Novel -- Recommended by The Catholic Book Club:- with these three decorations, a book has a lot to live up to. And it does it! -- The story of a successful surgeon and his lovely wife who visit the Abbey of Evolayne on vacation, and there the surgeon finds peace and a strong sense of vocation. His wife, loving him more than life, becomes a nun so that he may feel free to fulfil his desire. Eventually, she finds that she has been wrong in this step, and leaves the convent, travelling incessantly in search of a solution, for her husband is now a priest. Eventually, she returns to the abbey, confesses her love for him and her failure to live without him, and kills herself. A moving story, on a high plane throughout. Not for the general run of reader, but for the discriminating customer.