"She was called Isabelle, and when she was a small girl her hair changed colour in the time it takes a bird to call to its mate."
The Virgin Blue ~ by Tracy Chevalier, 1997, fiction (France)
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.
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