"Obedience" reads like a true account of Sister Bernard's life in the religious community. It is in my opinion rather a sad book but also haunting and poignant. It appears that she entered the convent, as a lot of girls did in those days, having led a very sheltered life prior to taking her vows. Her life in the convent does not appear to be filled with joy. She relies solely on God. I feel Sr Bernard was let down by the Mother Superior and the other sisters in the community, as well as the lay persons out in the secular one. The other 2 nuns in this fictional story also seem to have led a joyless life in the Order. The sadness is not only in their long religious career, but also in the way it ends with just 3 of them left in the convent and then they are forced to leave it to go into care - each their separate ways. It is a very well written book but is not for the faint hearted. The fact that the chapters alternate between past and present time do not make for easy reading or for the flow of the story. You won't feel joyous when you have read it.