Best Wishes, Sister B

By Fran Smith

Prayer and ingenuity have kept the little convent of St. Winifreda in the fen going for centuries, but now the roof leaks, the bell tower is crumbling and rats have moved in. The Bishop wants to send the sisters to a home, disperse the rest and sell the land as a car park.

Sister Boniface, convent correspondent, minibus driver, and beginner shopkeeper, charts the rise and fall of their holy struggle, and with the help of ex-offenders, migrant workers, and multiracial nuns, plans not just to save, but also to renew, restore and revivify the sisterhood.

It’s Vicar of Dibley meets Call the Midwife. A guaranteed feel-good novel.


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Published | February 28, 2014

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About the author

Fran Smith teaches GCSE English and English as a Foreign Language. Before becoming a teacher she worked for the Probation Service for ten years. Her first job after school was on the Buckinghamshire Advertiser, where, among other things, she wrote wedding reports and the People and Pets column. She lives in a village at the edge of the Fens.

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  • Bea - Reply

    February 14, 2014 at 8:06 am

    I read “Best Wishes Sister B’ whilst doing a round trip of visiting friends and family in Suffolk. It captures the Fens and Cambridge beautifully.

    It is a lovely story, told with the everyday detail that the “simple life” of a nun would allow. Sister B is an optimistic voice who manages to cheer and lift your spirits with her as she finds her way through the challenges of setting up a shop to raise funds for the nunnery. Her quiet humour and carefully drawn characters that she meets along the way makes it a great read. I was genuinely sad to turn the last page as Sister B had become a cheering friend! Bless Her!

  • Honor Kavanagh - Reply

    December 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    ‘Sister B’ is the completely delightful story of the ups and downs of a Suffolk convent – St Winifreda’s. It is told through a series of letters from the convent’s Sister Boniface, who has been put in touch with Sister Emelda by the Sisters Worldwide Writing Circle. Emelda has been out in Peru for fourteen years and is both missing her native Fens and hankering for news from a quiet country convent.

    We are then treated to some wonderful characters and insightful descriptions, from Pavel the Polish builder who decides to help repair the convent but only accepts sandwiches and cake as payment, to a laundry product smelling of ‘dolly mixtures and carbolic with a hint of hot elastic.’

    What this book really is though is the best antidote to a stressful day ever. I absolutely loved it.

    • Yasmin Standen - Reply

      January 14, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      Thank you very much Honor, so glad you enjoyed Sister B!

  • Sue Partridge - Reply

    December 28, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Hi there, will there be a sequel to ‘Best Wishes Sister B’ soon please?

    • Yasmin Standen - Reply

      January 12, 2015 at 2:13 pm

      Hello Sue,

      A sequel to Best Wishes, Sister B is most certainly in the pipeline! The thought of not spending anymore time with Sister B was too distressing!

  • Liz Payne - Reply

    April 12, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I bought SisterB. after hearing the author on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. It was so realistically written, that I wanted to visit the convent and also write to the nun in Peru! It’s one of the most charming books I’ve read in a long time, have bought it for all my friends and we read it in our book club. More please … I love Sister B., and the BBC should snap up the film rights!!

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