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Apr 03, 2007
| ISBN 9781101156957
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Apr 03, 2007 | ISBN 9781101156957
“A provocative page-turner, full of Da Vinci Code-esque intrigue.”—Marie Claire From the author of Nina: Adolescence, comes a factually based, lyrically enthralling novel about the forbidden love between a woman and a holy man—and the terrible secret that poses an even greater threat to their faith. In 1896, a priest in southern France suddenly gained immense wealth. This much is historically true—but no one knows where the money came from. At his death, the priest’s secret was buried with him. But there was a young woman—his housekeeper and lover, Marie Dénarnaud—who may have known the truth. Marie Dénarnaud was only a girl when the charismatic priest Bérenger first captivated her. As a woman, she became his housekeeper and struggled with guilt over their illicit relationship. But as their affection deepened, Bérenger grew secretive, and Marie had to learn why. What she discovers is a shocking secret that she becomes responsible for concealing. “Impressively researched and deftly written . . . a suspenseful story of love and religion.”—Curtis Sittenfeld, bestselling author of Prep “Vivid and affecting.”—Booklist
Amy Hassinger has taught writing for both the Iowa Writer’s Workshop and Iowa State University. She lives in Ames, Iowa where she is at work on her second novel.
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