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
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I also remember lecturing some kid in my class who thought shouting "ginger" was funny on the history of red hair and religious persecution -which I think shows both the influence of this book and the kind of teenager I was!
Chevalier writes so beautifully and evocatively I can recollect scenes and images from the story even now so I would never not recommend her books. In this case however I would recommend your girl waits a few years so as to fully appreciate it. In the meantime, maybe she would enjoy "Burning Bright"; its protagonist is about her age and, for me, it kick started an interest in Blake which has served me very well throughout secondary school and university.(less)
I loved the idea of what was happening -- the same land, same family, a modern day ve ...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
This book gets a pretty easy 4.5 stars from me. I'm a sucker for a good historical fiction with a female character researching her connection to her family's past, which is the basic sum of the plot. That said, this book had a lot going for it aside from my natural affinity for the plot line.
I will admit that a lot of my historical fiction reading has been by certain authors and set in certain areas, which may make the book more novel to me than to a more widely read historical fiction ...more
Although I liked "The Virgin Blue", reading it in two days, I ended up fairly confused as to what had ...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
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
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
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 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
In essence, this is partly a h ...more
Chevalier's description of the people and towns of France both in present day and in the past are amazingly full of life and incredibly beautiful. It was impossible not to fal ...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
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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.