The Convent | Maureen McCarthy

The Convent by Maureen McCarthy Published by Allen & Unwin Image sourced from Goodreads

The Convent by Maureen McCarthy
Published by Allen & Unwin
Image sourced from Goodreads

Peach is 19 and pretty happy with the way things are. She has her college work, two wildly different best friends, her sister, Stella, to look after, and a broken heart to mend. But when she takes a summer job at a café in the old convent, her idea of who she is takes a sharp turn into the past. Where once there were nuns, young girls and women who had fallen on hard times, Peach discovers secrets from three generations of her family. As their stories are revealed, Peach is jolted out of her comfort zone. But does she really want to know who she is? Warm and real, intense and provocative, this novel shows in vivid detail how fate and the choices we make ripple and reverberate through time.

The Convent is a wonderful Australian coming-of-age story, a novel a girl can share with her mother and grandmother. With lovable, realistic characters and self-discovery, what’s not to love? Having the story narrated by four generations of Australian women between 1915 and the dawn of the 21st century with an indirect timeline, the mystery and intrigue capture the reader’s attention, lives on after the conclusion of novel. I am infatuated with The Convent and loved reading about the hardships and convent life over the different eras in Australian history.

4/5 stars

Recommended to: fans of YA contemporary

Please Note: all opinions are mine and are not endorsed with any company or organization. 

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