The Virgin Blue
Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin—two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to... show more
Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin—two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family’s French ancestry. As the novel unfolds—alternating between Ella’s story and that of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier—a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links the two women. Part detective story, part historical fiction, The Virgin Blue is a novel of passion and intrigue that compels readers to the very last page.
Publish date: June 24th 2003
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Adult Fiction
, Historical Fiction
This is the third Tracy Chevalier book I've read. As always, it's a well-written piece. In this outing, we have two stories: those of Isabelle du Moulin and Ella Tournier. They're related, but separated by about 400 years. Sometimes, it feels as though Chevalier is trying to imply that this is a r...
There are some potential spoilers; I tried to keep it intentionally vague.Lovely, fast read - and that was it's problem for me; it was too fast. American couple moves to France for husbands work, check; wife meets possible soul-mate in the local library whilst researching her genealogy (back to the ...
I couldn't finish this one, though I love this author. The cutting back and forth in time is neat, but the contemporary characters fell flat for me. The Girl With The Pearl Earring is so much better.
This is one novel that, in my estimation, did not live up to the hype. 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 ...