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Author: Julie Berry Narrator: Allan Corduner, Fiona Hardingham, Jayne Entwistle, Julie Berry Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2016 ISBN: 9780147525802
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I must write this account, and when I have finished, I will burn it. 
Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all. 
Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl with a secret lover and an uncanny gift. Branded a heretic, she’s on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire, and wants Dolssa executed, too.
Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town of Bajas.
When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers.  But all of Botille’s tricks, tales, and cleverness can’t protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon Bajas, Dolssa’s passion and Botille’s good intentions could destroy the entire village. 
From the author of the award-winning All the Truth That's in Me comes a spellbinding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page and make you wonder if miracles really are possible.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The language is gorgeous and evocative without seeming to try too hard…Magnificent.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Brilliant narration enhances this lush, compelling story.”

    School Library Journal (audio review)

  • “An utterly original and instantly engrossing story. Drawing from meticulous historical research, she weaves a tense, moving portrait of these two teenage girls and their struggle to survive against insurmountable odds.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Readers will be transported…An expertly crafted piece of historical fiction.”

    School Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Irresistibly compelling…[Conveys] complex historical and religious matters fluently and accessibly for today’s readers.”

    Horn Book Guide (starred review)

  • “Beautifully crafted plot…Despite the book’s gravity, Berry also manages to infuse her story with laughter and light.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A skillfully crafted and tenderly told story of faith and friendship tested.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)

  • “Immersive and mesmerizing.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Fiona Hardingham narrates Dolssa’s sections in a gentle, lilting tone. Jayne Entwistle’s warm, earthy narration brings to life teenaged Botille…The contrast between the two narrations reaffirms the differences between the two young women’s characters. Allan Corduner’s intense baritone sounds ominous as he portrays the Dominican Inquisitors who pursue Dolssa. The narrators smoothly handle the many words of dialect included in the story. At the end, the author reads extensive historical notes and a glossary.”


  • “Shows us that the voices of dissent can only be silenced for so long…Julie Berry writes the past as if she lived it.”

    Jennifer Donnelly, author of These Shallow Graves

  • A School Library Journal Best Book of 2016 in Audio

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About the Author

Julie Berry grew up in western New York as the youngest of seven children. She holds a BS in communication from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and an MFA in writing for children and young adults from Vermont College of the Fine Arts. She now lives in Massachusetts with her husband and four sons.

About the Narrators

Allan Corduner, Earphones Award–winning narrator, is a voice, film, and theater actor who has worked in London’s West End and on Broadway. He starred as Sir Arthur Sullivan in Mike Leigh’s Topsy Turvy. Other films include Moonlight Mile, The Green Zone, and Yentl. He has also appeared in several BBC Radio 4 plays, including The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui and Insignificance. His narration includes The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and Garth Nix’s Keys to the Kingdom series.

Fiona Hardingham is a British-born actress, singer, voice-over artist, and AudioFile Earphones Award–winning narrator. On stage, she appeared at the Edinburgh Festival in her comedic one-woman show The Dark Show. She has also starred in the dark-comedy short film The Ballerino. She earned a BA honors degree in performing arts from Middlesex University, London, and also studied at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

Jayne Entwistle is a voice talent and Earphones Award–winning narrator.