Image of What Matters Most: A Novel


Image of What Matters Most: A Novel

Rice's latest shimmers with the most profound emotion of all: love. Richly drawn characters fill the fine tapestry of this novel, which has a story that readers will not soon forget.

Sister Bernadette Ignatius and Tom Kelly travel to Ireland to find the son they placed in a Dublin orphanage 23 ago when Bernie was called to the church. Tom is the caretaker at the convent and has never been able to leave the woman he loves, despite having no hope of more than a platonic relationship.

The son they named Thomas is now Seamus Sullivan, a bitter young man angry at the parents he believed abandoned him. When Tom learns of Seamus' love for Kathleen, who was claimed from the orphanage by her parents 10 years ago, he encourages Seamus to search for her. Seamus must learn to open his heart, to forgive his parents and search deep in his soul for the unconditional love that will reunite him with his lost love. (Bantam, Jul., 352 pp., $24.00)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick