The Mercy Seller, by Brenda Rickman Vantrease. I loved this story. It is the sequel to the Illuminator, but I happened to read this one first. It is a stand alone book. Such in depth characters, and so well researched. What a scary age, being tortured and killed for being different. We have come a long way. I wish there was a sequel to this book. Fell in love with the characters and Brenda's writing. You can happily lose all track of time in this book.
I too was brought up a good little Catholic girl. Attending Immaculate Conception School and their church. Taught by nuns. My mom was actually going to be a nun, like her sister and her Aunt. But I think my mom liked to laugh and talk and socialize too much. It must have been hard living in the convent with all there rules and restrictions, after living in a noisy busy home. With her 9 sisters and 5 brothers, I imagine it was quite chaotic. But there was always someone to talk to and help you with your chores. Lots of love in that house. That seems to be a very important thing in families. Having a mother and father that love you. Encourage you. That's what I try my hardest to be. Loving, caring and supportive. So my kids and grandkids, can be the best they possible can. Then I know I have succeeded.