Small Miracles by Anne Booth #BookReview #RandomHouse #NetGalley #5*

Three nuns play the lottery to save their failing convent, resulting in a story of friendship, community, faith and love.


The 1990s are proving tough for the convent. The order of the Sisters of Saint Philomena is down to its three last nuns. The place that Sisters Margaret, Bridget and Cecilia call home is in dire need of repairs and, with no savings and no new recruits, they are facing the prospect of having to sell up and leave behind the friends and neighbours in the parish community that they love.


That is, until ninety-year-old Cecilia decides to play the newly launched National Lottery and a series of small miracles begins to unfold…



Small Miracles takes the reader on a joyful and uplifting journey as these three unforgettable nuns learn more about life, love and friendship than they could ever have imagined.

Truly Wonderful!

What a terrifically enjoyable read!

St. Philomena’s used to be a thriving convent at the heart of the community, but now their numbers are dwindling. With only three nuns left, the house is too big for their and in need of dire repair and Sister Margaret, thrown into the deep end as the newly appointed Sister Superior is faced with the stark choice of having to sell up and find another order to take them in. Sister Bridget is their cook, also attending to the culinary needs of the parish priest, and is happiest in the kitchen. Sister Cecilia is elderly and focused entirely on her research while putting her faith on a lottery win to get them out of trouble. So what happens when their numbers come up?

What a truly wonderful read! Every so often, along comes a novel I find myself unable to tear myself away from; eager to finish the story but never wanting it to end. The characters are beautifully crafted, the story is so delightful; this is a lovely, gentle tale with a sprinkling of humour and a very satisfying ending. I lost myself in this one, and it’s not a novel I will easily forget. Highly recommended, and one I’m so happy to give all five shining stars!

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is – as always – my honest, original and unbiased review.

Tags: women’s fiction

Author Details

Anne Booth is an established children’s writer and has a degree in English from the University of York, a Postgraduate Diploma in Pastoral Theology, an MA in Children’s Literature from Roehampton Insititute as was, and an MA in Creative Writing from Canterbury Christ Church University. 

She also had a Blue Peter Badge and a letter signed by John Noakes, Valerie Singleton and Peter Purves, along with a Windy Miller Alphabet Book she was awarded as a prize for cheerfulness when she was 5, but has lost them. She lives in hope that there will be another small miracle and they will turn up again. She has done many jobs, including washing up in a restaurant, working as a tour guide in a haunted Almshouse, bookselling, teaching English in Italy, sessional lecturing at university, running music and art activities in a residential home, and being a long term carer for elderly parents.

She is married with four children and lives in Kent. 

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