In 1963, when traditional values are under attack, Venetia, a young woman, becomes involved with the Dean of Starbridge Cathedral. But as a married man, he has nothing to offer her, and Venetia finds herself trapped in a web of love and lies.More
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A Starbridge sensation
I first read Susan Howatch's series of novels about the Church of England back in the 1980s and was curious to see if they had stood the test of time. Listening to this one, beautifully interpreted in the voice of Sian Thomas, I was not disappointed. Starbridge and its Cathedral Close is the setting for a surprising tale of illicit clerical love in the swinging sixties. "Honest to God" has just been published and is rocking the church just as "Lady Chatterley's Lover" is shocking the country. So evocative of the "swinging sixties", this book is not only a very entertaining read but also a valid and serious look at social history.
I was sorry when it ended but happy that Venetia and her talisman reappear as the series progresses. Highly recommended for any who remember those times (and any who would like to have lived through them!).
A bit of a twentieth century "Barchester" Chronicle (Anthony Trollope) - it is a tale of cathedral politics and clerical families with a twist of scandal.
Hoping Audible is going to publish the entire sequence!