Synopsis: “There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned.”
When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn’t left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they’d planned before the tragedy.
“The pages found you,” Patrick whispered.
“Now you need to figure out what they’re trying to say.”
During a stop at a country flea market, Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before—her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution.
“I write for our descendants, for those who will not understand the cost of our survival.”
Determined to learn the Baillard family’s fate, Jessica retraces their flight from France to England, spurred on by a need she doesn’t understand.
Could this stranger who lived three hundred years before hold the key to Jessica’s survival?
My Thoughts: I almost didn’t read this book as I am not a fan of sad books…I’m so glad I gave it a chance. The story is definitely a tear-jerker but it’s also hopeful.
Jessica, the main character, is recovering from the traumatic events of the Paris attacks and through a series of events, works to solve a mystery of a girl that lived in the 1600s. The mystery was very interesting and I found myself researching the Huguenots as I read. The story is raw and gritty…some scenes are descriptive and not for the faint of heart but, sadly, they are based on real events.
The book addresses the ever-looming question of “why does God let these bad things happen?” I loved the way the author addressed this question…the layering of light over darkness….a quote that I plan to remember for my own life.
I was immediately drawn into the story and loved the characters. I also loved the European setting…the reader travels to France and various parts of England with the characters.
There were a few things that I didn’t quite agree with in relation to theology but they did work for the story. I also was a bit disappointed by one loose end that was left at the end.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this book and will definitely pick up more by Michele Phoenix.
I received this book from Booklook Bloggers for review.