In this sweeping, heart-wrenching and inspiring tale, twin sisters separated at birth reconnect through art, faith and a father who touched the world through his paintings.
When journalist and adoptee Dorie McKenna learns that her biological father was a famous artist, it comes with another startling discovery: she has a twin sister, Catherine Wagner, who inherited their father's talent. Dorie is eager to introduce her sister's genius to the public, but Catherine is a cloistered nun with a vow of silence who adamantly refuses to show or sell the paintings she dedicates to God.
Hoping to get to know her sister and research the potential story, Dorie poses as an aspiring nun at the convent where Catherine lives. Her growing relationship with Catherine helps Dorie come to terms with her adoption, but soon the sisters' shared biological past and uncertain futures collide as they clash over the meaning and purpose of art. Will they remain side-by-side for the rest of their lives, or will their conflicts change the course of the future?
Find out in this beautifully detailed story that takes you on a spellbinding journey of the heart.
Review by Mirella Patzer
Contrition is a fabulous debut novel about twin sisters separated when they were small children. A talented, but struggling artist, stuggles to raise his twin daughters alone. Dorie he gives up for adoption, and Catherine he keeps. Catherine has inherited her father's talent for art, while Dorie works as a journalist. In search of the secrets of her past, Dorie searches for her sister and finds her, a nun in a convent. But when she meets her sister, she is met with silence. Catherine has taken a vow of silence and has not spoken a word for years. While visiting at the convent, Dorie discovers that her sister is an incredibly talented author, but Catherine refuses to sell or let anyone beyond the cloister's walls see her work.
As their two lives collide, the two sisters must delve deep into their hearts to discover the key for happiness. It is a journey of reckoning, ultimate forgiveness, deep understanding, and most of all love. With its stunning ending, the story pulls at the heartstrings, poignant and unforgettable. An unforgettable tale written with insight. A great newcomer in the genre of women's fiction!