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Novel — Heaven Spent

Binding: Hard cover
Release date: February 2010
Publisher: Eloquent Books
ISBN: 978-1-60860-947-5
Price: $34.50 (US)

The Traditional and Quiet Life of a Retiring Rector is Shaken Up When a New, Young Curate Comes Along

Casting the Church in a more human light, author Janice B. Scott's novel Heaven Spent reveals priests as people who experience all of the same emotions and struggles as the rest of us.

Curates are always over-eager to get going and change everything. Incumbents are just the opposite; they are very cautious and unwilling to accept any change. So what happens when a young woman takes on a curate position that reports to a controlling rector?

The Reverend Polly Hewitt, a recently ordained deacon in the Church of England, is starting her first post as a curate for Canon Henry Winstone. Henry, who is nearing  retirement, is very traditional and set in his ways.

Polly is straight out of college and full of energy and new ideas; she clashes with old-fashioned Henry and his wife, Mavis, from the outset and is soon in trouble with the bishop. Following his difficulties with Polly, Henry has a breakdown and begins to question his faith. The arrival of a mysterious woman, come to find a father she's never met, further complicates. And then Polly is falsely accused of a crime and arrested.

These intertwined lives collide and unravel in this fast-paced, engrossing drama that sheds light on what it means to be of faith, and to be simply human nonetheless.

Publisher's Web site: www.eloquentbooks.com/HeavenSpent.html  ISBN: 9781608609475

Author Janice B. Scott is a Rector herself of six small parishes on the Norfolk/Suffolk border. Prior to her ordination in 1994, as part of the first group of female priests in the United Kingdom, she was a physiotherapist. Mrs. Scott writes as The Village Shepherd on a Christian Web site, which gives her the opportunity to share short stories and sermons, and has published a book of children's stories. She is presently working on the sequel to Heaven Spent and resides in Norfolk, England with her husband, Ian.

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