The Virgin Blue
Perfect for fans of Barbara Erskine, Kate Morton and Sarah Waters, this is historical fiction at its very best.
The compelling story of two women, born four centuries apart, and the ancestral legacy that binds them.
Ella Turner does her best to fit in to the small, close-knit community of Lisle-sur-Tarn. She even changes her name back to Tournier, and knocks the rust off her...more
I loved the idea of what was happening -- the same land, same family, a modern day ve ...more
Although I liked "The Virgin Blue", reading it in two days, I ended up fairly confused as to what had ...more
Let me say that I think the book's premise is very strong, and I really loved the 'flashbacks' to Isabella. In my opinion, these segments were strong and interesting and well-written.
Where the ...more
Since I haven't read anything else by Tracy Chevallier, I wasn't sure I would enjoy her writing. I was happy to discover she has a natural knack for character development, I found her to be a very honest author, unafraid to describe what "we" are really feeling inside. Exposing the vulnerability of human nature with her intertwining storie ...more
Ella Turner moves to France with her husband Rick for his job. She has nothing to do with her days (she was a midwife in the U.S., but cannot yet practice in France) and begins researching her family history.
In nearly every other chapter we read of Isabella, who lived 400 years earlier. She is beginning her adult life with a marriage and child on the way. Forced to give up her beliefs in t ...more
There are 2 main characters in this book--both women, but living centuries apart. Ella, the present-day character, is an American ex-pat living in France with her husband, and Isabelle is her distant ancestor living in France during the time of ...more
Sebuah gerakan yang awalnya mengkritisi kebijakan gereja (katolik Roma). Seorang bernama Martin Luther memulai gerakan itu di Jerman pada tahun 1517. Pokok-pokok yan ...more
In essence, this is partly a h ...more
In one story, set in modern day, American Ella Turner is a midwife studying for re-licensing after relocating with her husband to France. She investigates her ancestral roots for something to do and becomes intrigued in both her family history and the local librarian, Jean-Paul.
The other story is that of Isabelle du Moulin, a French Protestant woman who marries into the Tournier family and who escapes persecution ...more
I enjoyed the story of Isabelle du Moulin more so than Ella Turner's story. Isabelle is a tragic heroine and I wanted to learn more about her and her situation. Ella's story, while less tragic certainly, entertained me but did not grasp me. I felt distant from her somehow. I think she created her own problems an ...more
The modern story follows Ella, a woman with French ancestry who moves to France because of her husband's work. They decide to live in a small French town and Ella gets involved with a local librarian while researching ...more
The novel's main flaw lies with the character development. THAT is a MAJOR problem! All the characters were 1-dimentional. I could not understand both female characters. Why did Isabelle got attracted to a brute like Etienne? Then Ella's attraction to Jean-Paul? Why she did that to her husband... ...more
Sejarah yang diambil adalah reformasi Protestan yang terjadi di abad 16, ketika Calvinisme merebak di Prancis dan Swiss. Saat itulah Isabelle du Moulin hidup sebagai gadis kecil berambut merah (dijuluki La Rousse seperti julukan Perawan Maria), dan memiliki kecintaan dan kedekatan pada Bund ...more
After meeting and discussing "The Virgin Blue" with the women in the book club, there were elements of the story that really changed for me. Although I think my feelings on this book are still the same- I was able to gain some new insight to the story.
We discussed what happen to Isabelle- did she die, was she murdered, or did she just leave her husba ...more
Ella Turner is a recent California transplant, leaving behind Hollywood for the old world European charm of rural France. She and her husband have bought a small home, full of character and charm, in a small town in the French countryside near Toulouse. France however does not live up to Ella's expectations. The people are closed, suspicious, and incredibly difficult to get to know. Unable to breach their defenses, Ella immer ...more
19 October 1962 in Washington, DC. Youngest of 3 children. Father was a photographer for The Washington Post.
Nerdy. Spent a lot of time lying on my bed reading. Favorite authors back then: Laura Ingalls Wilder, Madeleine L’Engle, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Joan Aiken, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander. Book I would have taken to a desert island: Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery.