There is something very special about Agnès Morel. A quiet
presence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning the
famed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople.
No one knows where she came from or why. Not Abbé Paul, who discovered her one
morning twenty years ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury,
the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day—and whose
attention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner. She has transformed
each of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret
Agnès is hiding.
When an accidental encounter dredges up a series of
tragic incidents from Agnès’ youth, the nasty meddling of town gossips threatens
to upend the woman’s simple, peaceful life. Her story reveals a terrible loss,
a case of mistaken identity, and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past. Agnès
wrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizens
piece together the truth about her life.
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