The motto of Brede Abbey is "pax,' but its peace is not what the "world" would think. The inhabitants of the Abbey spend lives of unending work and prayer, with very few comforts, and frequent misunderstandings and disappointment... yet they have found inner peace all the same as they maintain outward joy and love.
A privileged and independent woman named Philippa Talbot joins the community, letting go of her ambitious career and worldly values so that she may dedicate herself entirely to God.
Throughout the years, Philippa's spirit is tested and her mission refined via a variety of personal friendships and acquaintances in Brede and beyond, to the point where she transforms into: "not what thou art, nor what thou hast been, beholdeth God with His merciful eyes, but what thou wouldst be."
In This House of Brede is a landmark in Catholic literature: it does not shy away from the convoluted truths of everyday life, but rather presents reality in its most richest expression.
Rumer Godden (1907–1998) was among the most celebrated English authors of the twentieth century, and wrote dozens of novels and children’s books, as well as an assortment of non-fiction works. A convert to Catholicism, she focused on the mysteries of God, salvation, and sin in her most popular works, among which are Black Narcissus, Five for Sorrow, Ten for Joy, and In This House of Brede.