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3.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 53.26 out of 5 3.26 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tracy Chevalier Narrator: Janine Carter, Gigi Marceau Clarke Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2003 ISBN: 9781598872934
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Ella Turner does her best to fit in to the small, close-knit community of Lisle-sur-Tarn. She even changes her name back to Tournier, and learns French. In vain. Isolated and lonely, she is drawn to investigate her Tournier ancestry, which leads to her encounter with the town’s wolfish librarian. Isabelle du Moulin, known as Le Rousse due to her fiery red hair, is tormented and shunned in the village—suspected of witchcraft and reviled for her association with the Virgin Mary. Falling pregnant, she is forced to marry into the ruling family: the Tourniers. Tormentor becomes husband, and a shocking fate awaits her. Plagued by the color blue, Ella is haunted by parallels with the past, and by her recurring dream. Then one morning she wakes up to discover that her hair is turning inexplicably red.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay | 2/13/2014

    " A very enjoyable book with some complex and intriguing female characters. The linkage between the past and present was interesting, but not overdone and the story contained some surprises. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 McCall | 2/13/2014

    " This book is by the author who wrote Girl with a Pearl Earring, which I loved. I didn't love this one as much, but it was still a page-turner and ver historically interesting. I must warn you that it is rather sad and I didn't care for the ending much. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Corinne | 1/30/2014

    " I really didn't like the plot line for so many reasons. It was hard for me to put it down though, in the same way I slow down to see a bad car accident. You know something awful is going to happen, but you have to know what. This story has haunted me! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 1/24/2014

    " Too cheesy, I finished it but just barely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 1/10/2014

    " Takes place in the past and present. French helpful! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bj Travis Thomas | 12/16/2013

    " I liked it but all of the generations of Tourniers was a confusing at times. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 12/9/2013

    " I was absolutely intrigued by this novel. Chevalier's ability to make history come alive is the most enthralling part of her writing. I would recommend this book for anyone. I love how she connects characters from different centuries on such a profoundly deep level. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee pocklingtin | 12/1/2013

    " I don't typically enjoy fiction, but I love books by this author! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Earthwatchaddict | 11/25/2013

    " I liked this book but it was not as good as some of her others. There were two main characters, one historical and one contemporary, and the chapters switched back and forth between the two. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katrin | 11/23/2013

    " The story takes place close to where I grew up - French Swiss border. I enjoy Tracy Chevalier's sensitivity and it was great to learn about my region's historic setting - and imagining what life could have been like if I were born a few centuries earlier. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ali Noble | 11/17/2013

    " this book starts out with an interesting story. as i got further in to it i found myself disagreeing with the main characters choices and not understanding her at all. it's hard to enjoy a book when you don't really like or relate to the main character. the ending was dissappointing "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dyanna | 10/28/2013

    " This book, like everything else I have been reading, is a historical fiction with multiple storylines. This one is ok. The lead in the current-day storyline is kind of annoying, but the historical story is interesting enough that I kept reading to find out what happened there. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsey | 10/27/2013

    " I liked this but found the ending rushed and confusing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 10/5/2013

    " I liked it, but I think that first-person female narrators tend to get too whiny and lose sympathy for themselves because their actions don't seem all that well motivated. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 9/10/2013

    " Fa-ha-bulous! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katiebee | 8/28/2013

    " love those historical fictions "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bleuciel | 4/30/2013

    " First book of TC. Not her best, but not her worst. Comes right after 'Girl with a pearl earring' in my review. Interesting and thrilling, at points. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Colette | 4/10/2013

    " I thought this was a very good book. It goes back and forth between today and whenever...long time ago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Celinaresendez | 10/22/2012

    " This book had a great potential but I didn't like the Ella story at the end. Ella was a brat and got on my nerves a little. I felt bad for her husband. The Isabella line was much more interesting although things went bad for her quickly and I wasn't expecting that outcome. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pageturner | 5/22/2012

    " Such a beautiful book, I couldn't put it down. Made me think of perhaps learning French again! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Desiree De wit | 5/19/2012

    " I loved it. Love the author. Fascinating to read about that time in France. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Meagan | 1/3/2012

    " Pretty mucn enjoy everything by this author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 12/26/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book, was in France when I read it which added to the atmosphere. I enjoyed the fact there were 2 stories running intertwined and the moment between two times. Tracy Chevalier is a wonderful writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna Gregorio | 11/30/2011

    " Oct 2003 book club at Carol's "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy W-S | 8/7/2011

    " This book started out really good then got carried away with unusual the storyline. I like historical fiction but this one was ruined for me with the unnatural changes. It wasn't believable....disappointing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashley | 7/9/2011

    " This is my favorite by Chevalier. Very thought provoking and loved the strong will of the woman. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Johanna | 5/8/2011

    " I was completely drawn into this story. The parallels between two lives, the drama and the feelings, the hardships and the resolutions were all-engulfing and so well-written. I gobbled this book up! I had read Tracy Chevalier's Girl With the Pearl Earring and now I am a bonafide fan of her work. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Luz | 5/1/2011

    " This was really bad. All I have to say. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura | 4/28/2011

    " Weird and not fully pulled together. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Suzanne | 4/25/2011

    " Not my favorite book ever. I felt a disconnect between the two stories and didn't like the current day character.
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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Robin | 4/23/2011

    " Sure, it's not the way to do genealogy, but it's quite the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 4/22/2011

    " topic very interesting. never knew much about the Calvins and Huguenots "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sharah | 4/19/2011

    " I have a hard time with stories where the main character seems to be in a happy marriage and then all of a sudden the marriage "just isn't working". "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy | 3/26/2011

    " I really loved this book even though it dealt with a subject I normally do not like reading about. The story was rich in history and helped me get into the mindset of the time. I enjoyed this book more than Girl With The Pearl Earring, actually. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lashlee | 3/19/2011

    " I couldn't get invested in the story line the way I usually do. I kept reading just to find out the bug secret and it wasn't worth it. Hard to imagine this is same author as Girl with the Pearl Earring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Patricia | 3/15/2011

    " I love Tracy Chevalier's books.....or all of them except this one. I was confuced most of the time as to which character was speaking, The protagonist from the present time or the protagonist from 400 years prior....and I found it difficult to really care about either of them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Triss | 3/11/2011

    " really deep and very sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Earthwatchaddict | 3/1/2011

    " I liked this book but it was not as good as some of her others. There were two main characters, one historical and one contemporary, and the chapters switched back and forth between the two. "

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About the Author
Author Tracy Chevalier

Tracy Chevalier is the New York Times bestselling author of the novel Girl with a Pearl Earring, which has been translated into thirty-nine languages and made into an Oscar-nominated film, as well as several other novels. Born and raised in Washington, DC, she lives in London with her husband and son.