The Virgin Blue

The Virgin Blue

Book - 2003
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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.
Publisher: New York : Plume, 2003, c1997.
ISBN: 9780452284449
0452284449
Characteristics: 304 p. ;,20 cm.

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lacywd
Jul 09, 2016

I haven't been so absorbed by a book in a while. I very much related to the experience of living as a foreigner, and the historical details were fascinating. Glad I didn't listen to the negative reviews and gave this one a try. I am hooked on Tracy Chevalier

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riscamj
Jan 14, 2016

I liked the 'old' part of the story - then i got to the new part( present day) Ella was so stupid she needed a thorough slapping. I stopped reading it - she was such a silly character...too bad i didn't find out what happened to the characters in the past - Glad i didn't buy this book.

WVMLStaffPicks Jan 05, 2015

A must read for any fans of The Girl With A Pearl Earring. This first novel by Chevalier is a wonderfully compelling read. Meet two women born centuries apart, yet tied together by a haunting family legacy. An American woman moves to a small town in France and as she researches her family roots, she discovers that true love may be possible and that some deep dark secrets may be best left undiscovered. Part romance, mystery and history, this is a novel that melds passion and intrigue with style.

sharonb122 Feb 18, 2013

I really liked this one--almost as much as Falling Angels. The history was facinating and so was the two century tie-in. I guess it is just personal taste, but I really enjoyed the mystical aura. It is an intrigueing question about how much our ancestry influences us and even stranger, the ancestry we do not know about. I have only done a very little study of family systems. I ws still left wondering about some of things that happened that were not really addressed.
I didn't really understand what Elle saw in Jean-Paul nor why she had so little struggle about not going home to family and friends in California.

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Pepperbot
Apr 13, 2012

I really enjoyed this book until I got to the ending, which was confusing and a little abrupt. The whole thing was a little more 'mythical' than your typical Chevalier, but still elegant as usual. Girl With a Pearl Earring was her masterpiece - it can never be topped.

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azor
Jan 11, 2012

This is perhaps my favourite Tracy Chevalier novel. Falling Angels would be a close second. She is an amazing author.

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tuliene
Nov 12, 2009

I try to like Chevalier's books. She has interesting historical content, is interested in women's place in history. This book however ultimately fails. The technique of contrasting two different time periods is interesting but leaves each story and the characters undeveloped. Moreover, the historical story doesn't make much sense. A disappointment

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