“Despite all this substance, the novel does not read as serious and moralistic, but rather has a lively lyricism and characters who are equally endearing and maddening. The Abbey is well detailed and a strong backdrop for the myriad personalities.
“Amongst the character studies is a simple plot where the original bell from the bell tower is discovered in the lake. Its discovery, while a new modern bell tolls in its place, has some kind of power over the people of the sanctum, who each are able to see with clarity and seek dramatic change.
“This is another moving tale from Murdoch about the fragility of human life but also the drama and inconsistencies that make us all human. Totally adored this read.” – Rachel