Stone Yard Devotional by Charlotte Wood – Our Review


Our Review…

A woman abandons her life, visiting her parent’s graves for the first time in 35 years, and retreating to the rolling plains of an isolated countryside.

Stone Yard Devotional by Charlotte Wood is a very different body of work to her most recent books, The Weekend and The Natural Way of Things. Different yes, but not at all less.

Stone Yard Devotional is an art of reflection. Leaving much unsaid, it is a novel that allows the reader to muse, to contemplate and to find their own way in the story.

The unnamed woman, a woman who does not believe in God, has never followed the rhythm of a religious life now finds her way to a small monastic community where she lives amongst the seclusion and rhythm of the community. Having fled her city life and her broken marriage, the woman adjusts to her new lifestyle and we are fed small pockets of information. We see the grieve at the death of her mother, that haunts her. We sit with the woman, as she uncovers her thoughts. Her grief and her pain.

As life amidst the monastic order unfolds, we are taken on a measured journey. A time of questioning, a truly beautiful and magnificent read.

Very profound and powerful.

Review by Lydia @ Great Escape Books

‘Wood joins the ranks of writers such as Nora Ephron, Penelope Lively and Elizabeth Strout.’ THE GUARDIAN UK