Chevalier, Tracy "The Virgin Blue" - 1997
I liked "Girl with a Pearl Earring" but this one is even better, I loved it. If you are interested in reading about people in former time, especially how women used to live, this is the book for you. I was reminded of this one when reading "Labyrinth" because both novels are situated in France (well, partly) and both novels occur over different centuries.
An American woman moves to France with her husband and starts having strange dreams about the colour blue. Well, blue is one of my favourite colours (the other one would be green). At the same time we learn about a woman from the 16th century. Both their lives have similarities … Read it, it's gripping.
From the back cover:
"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 high school French. But it is all in vain. Isolated and lonely, she is drawn to investigate her Tournier ancestry, which leads to her encounter with the town’s wolfish librarian.
Isabelle du Moulin, known as Le Rousse due to her fiery red hair, is tormented and shunned in the village – suspected of witchcraft and reviled for her association with the Virgin Mary. Falling pregnant, she is forced to marry into the ruling family: the Tourniers. Tormentor becomes husband, and a shocking fate awaits her.
Plagued by the colour blue, Ella is haunted by parallels with the past, and by her recurring dream. Then one morning she wakes up to discover that her hair is turning inexplicably red…"
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