Scandalous Risks

Scandalous Risks

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In 1963, when traditional values are under attack, Venetia, a young woman, becomes involved with the Dean of Starbridge Cathedral. But as a married man, he has nothing to offer her, and Venetia finds herself trapped in a web of love and lies.

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ISBN-13: 9781531875152
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.67(d)

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Scandalous Risks 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was fascinating. It presents a fairly realistic picture of mankind's flesh warring against the Spirit. Its down to earth in its analysis of families and parenting effecting the child and the kind of person they will become. But the psychology does not overshadow the Spirit of God that enters into the lives of the characters to turn the direction.
hardlyhardy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Bishop John A. T. Robinson's book "Honest to God" was published in 1963 while I was in college. I wasn't entirely aware of what all the commotion was about after the book's publication, but I was certainly aware of the commotion. And that was on this side of the Atlantic. In England it was more of an uproar.In her 1990 novel "Scandalous Risks," British author Susan Howatch blames "Honest to God," with its attempt to restate Christianity for the modern age, for the collapse of the Church of England to cultural insignificance. Her book attempts to demonstrate what can happen when situational ethics as advocated by Robinson are adopted even by those within the church."Scandalous Risks" is the fourth of six novels Howatch wrote about the Church of England in the 20th century. Each novel covers a different period and explores a different person's spiritual crisis. For the first time in "Scandalous Risks," the narrator is a woman and a lay person ¿ Venetia Flaxton, the daughter of a member of the House of Lords and an intelligent young woman with no clear direction in her life and little interest in spiritual matters. However, she does admire Neville Aysgarth (the narrator of "Ultimate Prizes," the third novel in the series), the dean of a nearby cathedral and a friend of her father's she has known since childhood.Now in her mid-20s, she begins an affair with Aysgarth, who is now in his early 60s and married to a frustrating woman. If they truly love another, can this relationship be wrong? So they ask, echoing Robinson, whose words are quoted throughout the novel. The story takes place soon after "Honest to God's" publication.Venetia and Aysgarth take "scandalous risks," a phrase repeated throughout the novel with tiresome regularity, and exposure follows, as we all know it will. But after that, redemption."Scandalous Risks" is not your typical Christian novel. There's all the sex, for one thing. It may not be very explicit, but there is still more sex than you would find in a novel by Beverly Lewis or Karen Kingsbury. And if you deleted all references to smoking and drinking in the novel, you would have a significantly shorter book. For some devout readers, reading Susan Howatch's novel might seem like a scandalous risk, but it is a risk that will pay off handsomely.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
How Howatch captures the exact tone of certain parts of specific periods is beyond me, here she manages to give us theological England of the 60s, before the idealism wore off, and before the cynicism set in. Honest to God (which was a reality a pretty dreadful little book) is all the rage, and Venetia is finding herself; both spiritually and as a child of God. Unfortunately she also finds herself in Neville's arms.