Remember Sara

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Date Published: June 30, 2013
Number of Pages: 336
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Dr. Sara Strampein seems to have everything. She is intelligent, petite, attractive, and head of the cardiac valve surgery team at Massachusetts General Hospital. She doesn't spend much time worrying about her neglected childhood as the only child of a single mother more interested in making money than in nurturing her daughter. Recently, however, memories of this neglected childhood have started to interrupt Sara's regulated life. Then she begins to have panic attacks.

While Sara tries to ignore the signs that there's something she needs to deal with, the nuns at Mount Carmel are facing their own problems. For several years, the nuns have been taking in clients who receive counselling from Mother Elizabeth. Part of this counselling involves following the routines of a cloistered life, including participating in all daily devotions and activities. Although the work has helped the convent pay its bills, several of the older nuns don't support it. Now, a well-loved recent client has killed herself. The nuns are questioning themselves and their work. Can they bear taking on another client if it means getting hurt again?

When the management at Sara's hospital force her to take counselling, she must decide whether to trust the nuns at Mount Carmel. They must decide whether to allow themselves to get involved with her as they help her heal.

After a slow start, this novel draws readers into the intertwined lives of Sara and the nuns as they all learn that God has his own plans for them, plans that are far more wonderful than any of them could develop on their own. But first they need to learn to trust Him completely.

This is an interesting story with compelling characters whom readers will come to love. Although there are a few sections in which the author seems to lecture the reader through a character's voice and some on which the point of view jumps abruptly from one character to another, the story is gripping enough to hold the reader. The convent scenes may make some readers consider whether or not they have a vocation. The climax is fulfilling, and leads to a satisfying closing that reminds readers that, when we learn to trust God, miracles can and do happen.

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ISBN-13: 978-1490398945
Original Language: English
Book Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 inches


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Helen Mason B.A. (English), B.Ed. (Special Education), M.Sc.Ed. (Outdoor Teacher Education)

Helen has always loved reading and from a young age was a frequent visitor to both her church and public libraries. After teaching elementary school for eight years, she developed a freelance writing career, selling articles to magazines throughout North America and in Asia. Between 1988 and 2013, she edited and later managed the development of educational materials for use in the schools. These included videos, books, teacher guides, and online products.

Helen has authored 23 non-fiction books, five of them published in 2013. She has also written a career series for young people that is currently in production. She is retired, enjoying her twin grandsons, and working on two novels for young readers. Her blog on reading to children is available at http://soundsforfun.ca/category/parent-notes/reading-chair/.


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