Literary / General Fiction
Dual Timeline (Past and Present)
Loss / Grieving / Widow
Mature Lead 40+
Taboo / Forbidden Relationship
Sweet (kissing, holding hands, etc., but no other on-the-page physical intimacy)
Artist / Graphic Designer / Illustrator
Chef / Caterer / Baker / Foodie
Clergy / Priest / Rabbi / Nun
Small Business Owner
United States: Mid-Atlantic
Bakery / Sweet Shop / Cafe
Convent / Monastery
Sacred Space / Place of Worship
Sexual / Gender Identity:
An Unlit Candle
The St. Bridget's Abbey Series, Book 2
By Caren J. Werlinger
The long-awaited follow-up to In This Small Spot
Patricia Horrigan is the eldest daughter of a family determined to gain entry into the upper echelons of Rochester society as the 1950s give way to the turbulence of the 60s. Born of an Irish father and a French-Canadian mother, Pip inherited the stubborn pride and fierce determination of both. With her life in the family business all planned out, she is most definitely not interested in throwing it all away to become a nun. But some calls will not be ignored, no matter how hard she tries. Fifty years later, she can’t help but wonder if her choices and sacrifices were worth it.
In present time, Lauren Thackeray has managed to put her life back together—in a manner of speaking. She has her weaving, her home, her chosen family, and she has the monastery and the lasting friendship of the nuns there. The one thing she doesn’t have, she doesn’t want. She won’t open her heart again after she barely survived the last time.
Gail Bauer is questioning her own vocation as an Episcopal priest. How can she minister to others when she’s not sure she believes anymore? In desperation, she flees, hoping to find answers.
In the shadow of St. Bridget’s Abbey, three very different women will need one another—to come to terms with their demons, to heal, and to rekindle the light that life has all but snuffed out.