Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy: A Novel

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Viking Press, 1979 - Fiction - 262 pages
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This haunting tale of shame and redemption is the story of Lise Fanshawe, prostitute and brothel manager, murderer and prisoner, and, finally, a Catholic nun in an order dedicated to serving people marginalized by society. An inspiring and convincing conversion story that shows God's mercy.

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Elizabeth Fanshawe gets lost in Paris in 1944 during the celebrations over the liberation of the city. She is helped, befriended, ultimately seduced and used by Patrice, the owner of a brothel, who ... Read full review

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This is an inspiring tale of conversion and redemption told in flashback sequence. We meet Lise when she is being released from prison where she has served her term for murder. She is going to join an ... Read full review

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Margaret Rumer Godden was born Dec. 10, 1907, in Sussex, England. She was nine months old when her family moved to India, where her father ran a shipping line. She returned to London at age 20 to learn how to teach dance to children, and opened a school back in India. Returning to England while she was pregnant, she wrote her first book, "Chinese Puzzle," published in 1936. Her marriage to a stockbroker, Laurence Sinclair Foster, ended in 1941, leaving her penniless. In an effort to pay off her former husband's debts, Godden moved her family into a mountain cottage where she ran a school, made herbal teas for sale, and wrote books. Another novel of India, "The River," published in 1949, was one of her most acclaimed books and was made into a film by Jean Renoir in 1951. She returned to England to stay in 1945. Rumer Godden was the author of more than 60 books, including novels, short story collections, poetry, plays and non-fiction. She published her 21st novel, "Cromartie vs. the God Shiva," in 1997. Rumer Godden died a year later on November 8, 1998, in Thornhill, Scotland, at the age of 90.

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