Apparently this was Tracy Chevalier s first novel uite different "from most of her other ones I have read two other novels by this author Girl with a Pearl Earring "most of her other ones I have read two other novels by this author Girl with a Pearl Earring The Lady and the novels by this author Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Lady and the and have enjoyed both very much This author has a style that appeals to me simple and straightfoward but with a beauty of its own in the way she captures the characters that compose her storiesAlthough I iked The Virgin Blue reading it in two days I ended up fairly confused as to what had happened and why in some particular occasions I couldn t understand the
CHARACTER S MOTIVATIONS PERHAPS BECAUSE I s motivations perhaps because I not fully compreend the historical background in which part of it took place and what beliefs the people held I was ost at times not understanding why some people reacted or acted the way they did and though some things are explained many other uestions were eft unanswered in my mind In fact the ending was somewhat abrupt at east where the past is concerned as well as some of the relationships portrayed which I thought moved too fast Okay maybe 15 stars is fair Anyway this book annoyed the heck out of me This is my third Chevalier novelalso read Girl w a Pearl Earring and The Lady and the Unicorn and enjoyed the first two this is her first novel and I think it shows There are 2 main characters in this book both women but iving centuries apart Ella the present day character is an American ex pat A Secret Kept living in France with her husband and Isabelle is her distant ancestoriving in France during the time of the Huguenots My main problem with the novel is that Ella is just plain annoying selfish self centered and self absorbed I m supposed to sympathize with her because oh how women have suffered at the hands of menincluding Isabelle mostly bc she had the misfortune of being born with red hair and having a fascination for the Virgin Mary in Protestant France but that s another ong story But boy does she make it hardIn the end I finished the novel bc I was curious about what happened to Isabelle So obviously this book wasn t bad enough to stop reading altogether but also not good enough to recommend to anyone Like all of Tracy Chevalier s books this is beautifully written and deeply engrossing Unlike her other books this has elements of a thriller The story alternates between Isabelle du Moulin aka The Rousse for her copper colored hair and her distant descendant Ella Turner Both are trained as midwives both are not able to practice their craft Isabelle s husband Ettienne won t et her Ella has moved with her husband to France for his work and she doesn t have the necessary certifications to work thereElla is having repetitive dreams about being enveloped in a shade of blue She decides to investigate her family tree she is descended from Tourniers in Franch who Anglicized their names to Turner when they arrived in America Isabelle is unhappily married and accused of witchcraft The two stories are interwoven coming together in a satisfying climaxThe good All the scenes describing Isabelle and the past are excellent she is a very sympathetic character The finish was good with every oose string tied up The bad I didn t really care for Ella she seemed whiney and dramatic I felt annoyed sometimes with the choices she madeOverall a very readable book definitely held my attention but nowhere near as good as Girl With a Pearl Earring I was incredibly disappointed in this book I had read Girl With a Pearl Earring and been very impressed so I picked up this one expecting something as good Well maybe not AS good since The Virgin Blue was her first book and I was prepared to give her some wriggle room for growth and earning and so onLet me say that I think the book s premise is very strong and I really The Ancient Greeks: Ten Ways They Shaped the Modern World loved the flashbacks to Isabella In my opinion these segments were strong and interesting and well writtenWhere the book fell down was with Ella the modern voice I hated her character I found her whiny and self absorbed and I simply did not understand her motivations for the affair The breakdown in the relationship with her husband simply did not get conveyed nearly enough and I ended up feeling badly for Rick instead of seeing Ella s side Truthfully she had no side Another thing that annoyed me was Ella s supposed fluency in French achieved in just a month I speak French and there is no way that anyone would be able to argue about Vietnam and feminism and politics within a month ofessons Come on ReallyFinally the ending What a Tricycle (HISTOIRE) let down I hated the way that the past and the present melded together It was meant to be dramatic but it made me roll my eyes No suspense for me no aha moment nothing Just a sense of relief that it was over atast Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin two women born centuries apart yet bound by a fateful family egacy When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France Ella hopes to brush up on her French ualify to practice as a midwife and start a fam.
Tracy Chevalier ´ 1 DOWNLOADS getting myself into but 20 pages in and I was completely hooked 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 stories of ove hate religion persecution
#ADULTERY AND REDEMPTIONTHE PACE OF THE NOVEL STARTS OFF #and redemptionThe pace of the novel starts off ittle slowly there is a love hate religion persecution adultery and redemptionThe pace of the novel starts off a Paper Crafts Magazine: Joy of Card Making (Leisure Arts little slowly there is a to get through to grasp all the characters and their roles Halfway muddling through the French dialog was aittle difficult at first but well worth the effort And as the story progressed became intense and began revealing the secrets shared by the two main characters the chapters became shorter and shorter the structure of the chapters began to change which increased the pace set early on My only wish is that there had been follow through with a few revelations that Ella our main character from the modern age discovered about her ancestors specifically the painter Nicolas TournierWho was this cat after all Tracy never says for sure And I wish there had been between Ella and Susanne her cousin from Switzerland they shared the family secret but their relationship ended too uickly for me And Path to Sanity: Lessons from Ancient Holy Counselors on How to Have A Sound Mind later with Ella and Elizabeth her cousin from France They shared a kindred spirit but Tracyeft me desiring of the relationships Ella s feelings toward Elizabeth were contradictory with the way the story ended At first she doesn t know if she wants to relate to her but in the end she s spending uality time with Elizabeth but no reconsiliation has been made for her original emotions regarding Elizabeth and the Tournier family history Also there was no explanation as to who s teeth they discovered under the chimney at La Baume du Monsieur Tracy discusses it briefly in regards to Hannah the grandmother from the 1500 s and her belief that the home is safe the hearth will protect us it was a Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus little confusing because it was never fully explained Andastly did they burry Marie near Deborah She wanted to see her again Did she finally rest near her The only reason I can criticize these things is because I enjoyed the book so much I wish there had been to it I was Rudram in Tamil left wanting Is there any better compliment to an author Definitely not as good as Girl with a Pearl Earring I was really enjoying the first two thirds of the book but I didn tike the direction it took after that There are two parallel stories happening and the modern one is ess believable than the one that takes places four hundred years ago I iked the character Isabelle from the 1500 s much better than Ella from modern day I KaBOOM!: One Entrepreneur's Quest to Build Community SAVE PLAY! ll still read by Chevalier She has a nice style of writing that totally sucks me in Tracy Chevalier is a very frustrating author for me Iiked the first one I read The Lady and the Unicorn I adored the second one I read Falling Angels and was disappointed with the third The Girl in the Pearl Earrings This is the 4th and once again disappointed The thing that disappoints me most is that the subject material is so rich I can see how the book could be so good I know nothing about the Huguenots in France and would ove to read I ove history I ove genealogy and so forth This could have been a really great storyInstead one of the protagonists I really didn t care for the modern Ella I did ike the way the author showed how it was difficult to adjust to Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION life in small town France The book described that well in a way I could understand But the character herself I didn t much care forThe way the magical elements were woven into the story also didn t make sense to me I found the blue dream hokey the hair that grew mysteriously red overnight unbelievable and so forth I ve read aot of books with magical elements to them so that as a plot device or aspect of the story doesn t bother me But it didn t fit well hereThere were also ose ends that were never tied up and things that were never explained I m not referring to an open ended ending which can be excellent sometimes I m referring to the painter that ended up being a dead end Why was he even in the story It did not move the plot forward or contribute in any way It was frustratingFinally the sections taking place in the 1500s were confusing and hard for me to follow I find the French way of writing dialog difficult to read They never sound ike characters speaking in my head I also thought there were too many names and the action was difficult to follow I ended up confused and had to read back a few pages to get the characters straightOnce again highly disappointing since I Mesagerul love the idea behind T of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier a common thread emerges that unexpectedlyinks 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 ast pa. What Am I Doing with My Life?: And other late night internet searches answered by the great philosophers lot of my historical fiction reading has been by certain authors and set in certain areas which may make the book novel to me than to a widely read historical fiction fan but the setting and historical backdrops were both somewhat unfamiliar to me I ve read books set in or around Paris but not in the French countryside as this is I thought she did a nice job of painting a picture of whatife might be Jimmy: The Terrorist like for an American woman moving to a small town in France Picturesue andovely but also judgmental and nosy I guess the judgmental and nosy part is universal in small towns The other main setting of the book is the mountains of Switzerland which was also new to meI was wholly unfamiliar with the persecution of the Huguenots by the Catholics in that time and place aside from having heard of St Bartholowmew s Massacre in passing The book really fed my nerdy side with the historical references and explanations given on a subject I knew How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar little about and took an immediate interest inTrying to put aside my bias towards these sorts of books I still feel it was a very strong story There was good pacing with new storyines developing through the whole book More scary stories for sleep-overs leading up to what I found to be rather a surprise ending I thought the writing was very good and was descriptive without being over the top My overall opinion of this book is that it would be a good choice for someone thinking of dipping a toe into the historical fiction genre I feelike it has a faster pace and ess background historical information than some I have read which I take away5 star for but would make it a good foray into the genre for someone new to historical fiction Surprisingly this was somewhat a book about a mystery but it did get me thinking uite a bit particularly about memories and how they are stored in the brain Because one of the two main characters develops memories from her distant relative distant being 400ish years ago I started to wonder about memories and if we will ever figure out a way to harvest and save memories to be viewed when host is no onger with us It seems crazy but maybe at one time it seemed crazy to think we could hear a voice or see a picture of someone Heads of the Colored People long after they were gone The story itself was very good and I enjoyed theanguage the author used her use of imagery and the way she described Ella s and Isabelle s feelings What I did not appreciate was the way the book ended I understand the agenda of an author to eave the reader to make up some bit of their own when tying up oose ends but I think this author eft too much to the imagination I wanted to know about what happens to Ella and what happened to Isabelle But I oved the history behind this story I oved the use of the French anguage which was awesome since I was istening to it in my car on the way to my class in Gorham and I really oved this author s style of writing So this book started off strong very strong The story of the 1500 Isabelle was very interesting although could have been developed a ittle I think I actually had a hard time putting the book down in the first three uarters or However by the end I was pretty much tired of it Tired because it was so odd and unbelievable and I d really stopped caring for Ella the modern day main characterI oved the idea of what was happening the same The Interior Landscape: Love Poems from a Classical Tamil Anthology land same family a modern day version of the character trying to solve a puzzle or a mystery of what had happened to herong ago counterpart But there were parts of it that added nothing to the story and made the characters Longevity, Senescence, and the Genome lessikeableI iked Ella a ot in the beginning but didn t understand why the author gave her the relationship she did with Jean Paul It just didn t make sense and didn t develop the story any OddI realize this sounds First You Fall: A Kevin Connor Mystery like I didn tike it at all Which isn t true I did but became sort of disillusioned with the characters in the endI cared about some of the side characters than I did for Ella Mathilde Sylvie Jacob Susanne And of course MarieThis was definitely an interesting book and I did earn uite a bit of French history while reading it But I think the author had a great idea and didn t know how to write the story around it so the rest was weak I picked it up and a day and a half ater I set it down At first I wasn t sure what I wa. Ily of her own Village ife turns out to be ess idyllic than she expected however and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a uest to uncover her family’s French ancestry As the novel unfolds alternating between Ella’s story and tha. ,