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The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry

The Passion of Dolssa“The Passion of Dolssa” is set in medieval times. It’s 1241, and the Crusade is trying to rid the world of heretics.  Dolssa and her mother are deemed heretics and sentenced to be executed.  Her mother is executed, but Dolssa manages to escape her sentence and run away.  She flees to the countryside. There, Botille finds her half dead in the woods and takes her in.

Botille and her sisters run a tavern in the seaside town of Bajas.  While running their tavern and trying just to survive alongside their neighbors, they nurse Dolssa back to health.  But they can’t hide Dolssa forever, and the truth of the miracles she has performed starts to spread.  The townsfolk stand behind her, but once the Inquisition comes to town, their good intentions are put to the test.

When I read historical fiction, I usually read books from different time periods, but I was pleasantly surprised by this book.  The story was well-written, and I was drawn into the characters’ lives.  While this is categorized as a YA book, and the writing was age-appropriate, I felt the subject was something that would probably not appeal to most young adults.

– Denise

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First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

First FrostFirst Frost, a sequel to Sarah Addison Allen’s first novel, Garden Spells, is the continuing story of the Waverly family.  I really enjoyed Garden Spells when I first read it, and was excited to find out that she was writing a sequel.  You don’t need to read the first book to understand what’s going on in the second one.

Autumn comes to Bascom, North Carolina as the Waverley family anticipates the coming of the first frost by planning a celebration.  Along with the cold weather, comes a stranger who has tales to tell them.

Bay Waverley, Sydney’s daughter, is just entering high school, and falls in love with the very boy that her family thinks is the last person with whom she should fall in love.  But Bay’s gift is knowing where things belong, and she knows that they belong together.

Claire has started her own wildly successful candy business after she finds a recipe to quiet her daughter’s cough.   The business takes up all of her time, especially time that could be spent with her family, and makes her question her own special gifts.

Sydney hopes to expand her family by having a baby with her husband, Henry.  When she doesn’t get pregnant right away, she becomes unhappy, and loses sight of what’s right in front of her.

I am a big fan of Sarah Addison Allen, and her new novel is as good as all the others she has written.  I have read all of her books many times, and I’m sure I will be re-reading this one as well.

– Denise

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