This wonderfully inventive, funny and moving novel tells the story of Beulah Kingston. Born a Poleite (motto: no drinking, no dancing, no doctors), Beulah's zest for life has tested a simple faith and the King James Bible to the limit. Now, as she faces the prospect of hospital and an X-ray for the first time, she finds herself compelled to examine the true passion of her youth, which duty and a busy life have almost buried.
The title is the motto of the Polites, the small sect into which Beulah Kingston was born and by whose values she has lived. Now in her sixties, the novel looks back at her life, including her marriage. She is described as headstrong, and that's not a characteristic celebrated by the Polites. When she begins to question their values, she is in danger of unlocking hidden feelings. Not all of the tales from the past are happy ones, for example, the death of her husband. Both tragic and comic, although set in a totally different world, there is much to recognize here and learn from. A remarkably charming and poignant story. (Kirkus UK)