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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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