Macomber takes readers into a world most know nothing about and immerses them into the lives of her characters. She magically weaves in historical events from our recent past, and the result is simply captivating.

Everyone assumed Angelina Marcello would take over her father's restaurant in Buffalo, New York. The two had only each other since her mother's death. But in her senior year of high school, a class retreat at a convent house changes everything. Angelina feels the call to become a nun.

Kathleen O'Shaughnessy always knew she'd be a nun. One of eight children, she followed the path she believed was set for her. But a decision she makes about a problem in the church comes back to haunt her, and Kathleen is crushed when it appears her sacrifices were in vain.

Johanna Baird's boyfriend proposed to her just before he left for Vietnam. She doesn't count on his returning with a Vietnamese bride, nor does she expect to feel drawn to become a nun. Carried through difficult times of war and political, social and religious change, each of these women must examine her life and decide what the future holds.

(May, 352 pp., $24.95, Hardcover published May 2003)
Reviewed by: 
Debbie Richardson