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Unfortunately, lying, cheating, and selfish behavior are now strict in novels. Rosemary Wicked, theologian and journalist, had enough of such literature and wrote a romantic novel in which the main characters try to live well.

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At the center of the story lies Anna, a Swiss woman facing a chaotic career. For nostalgic reasons, I traveled to Edinburgh, the Scottish capital. There she accidentally meets Kenneth, a Scottish nobleman, who automatically offers her a job at his “Primrose Manor” country house. Anna loves her work in the library and soon finds a connection with a nearby Catholic diocese. But the relationship with her employer is difficult: Kenneth is polite, but distant. Anna is even more surprised when he proposes to her one day.

After a moment of hesitation, Anna agreed to the proposal. Little does she know that Kenneth carries a heavy burden that seems to make a real relationship impossible. As Anna and Kenneth slowly get closer after some difficulties, their relationship is shattered by someone from his past.

The novel comes as a “normal” love story, but it differs from traditional novels in several respects. The main character Anna is a convinced Catholic who brings her life in line with her faith. As a reader, you will accompany Anna to Midnight Mass at Christmas and experience the Easter Triduum Services with her. The author depicts the Catholic faith and its beauty without appearing as a “doctorate” or missionary.

The relationship between Anna and Kenneth does not arise from falling in love, but rather from a conscious decision to live together, a marriage of convenience, so to speak. The author explains that love is more than just a feeling that can disappear after a few years. A relationship requires friendship, trust, mutual acceptance and respect.

The author describes her novel Love Can Grow as a Roman Catholic novel. Faith – as previously written – is addressed specifically in the liturgy, but it shines again and again in the story in the person of Hannah. The writer does not want to transform anyone with her novel, but simply to show how beautiful a life has been shaped by faith.

Rosemary Shearer studied Theology and Latin in Freiburg/Switzerland. After several years in parish care, she completed her training as a journalist and has since worked as a specialist editor for Catholic media. She lives in Khor and writes her next novel.

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love can grow
By Rosemary Schreier
388 pages, available in paperback or e-book form
BoD – Books on Demand, 2022
ISBN: 9783755742210
Price: 14.40 €

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