War took his unit and his voice. John is no stranger to pain, but after alienating
his friends and family and walking away from his life, he doesn’t have much
to get out of bed for, so when a mountain lion stalks his shack one night too
many, John decides to fight back. What happens next changes his life forever.
When Dr. Grace Errington stumbles on a critically wounded man lying twenty
feet from a dead mountain lion, she realizes her summer trip to the Santa Cruz
Mountains to heal from a bitter divorce is not going to be the peaceful respite
she’d planned. What she couldn’t have imagined is how her actions would set
her on a journey of danger, healing, self-discovery, and the promise of love.
Two men crash through the door and shoot the woman and the deacon, and Adelius wakes up in the hospital, disoriented and suspected of murdering the woman whose body has just been found floating in the river. Left with only the woman’s Bible, the key, and a series of clues, Adelius begins a search for the truth, relying on his connections with street people, the secret society of Gabrians, and his inner circle to clear his name. Worse yet, he must now attempt to find an assassin during the worst snowstorm of the century, before a cardinal loses his life and Adelius loses the woman he loves.
In this action-packed thriller, a Catholic deacon must risk everything in order to save a life—and a soul—before it is too late.
Th e Chastened Heart is a novel of middle class American and European manners, satirical yet compassionate, realistic yet committed to the spiritual and ethical concerns of the very best fi ction. Robert Crooke’s deeply emotional narrative urges a reader to follow the Winslows into a past that is both personal and universal, and to embrace with them the mysteries that their marriage represents.