I firmly believe that there are no coincidences.
It must be time to reread this book--as I had thought of it last week, when I ran into someone sharing the name of a main character, on Friday when I found other books by the same author in the back of my bookshelves (I stack my books 2 deep!) and as just this evening I ran into a mention of the book on The Anchoress' blog.
So what's the book?
In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden.
I'll be tearing apart my bookshelves in a few minutes to dig it out. It's GOT to be in there somewhere. I found 2 others of hers just the other day....how could I not still have this one?
Check it out. It will not disappoint.