The Passion of Dolssa

The Passion of Dolssa

A Novel

eBook - 2016
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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.
Publisher: New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House, 2016.
ISBN: 9780698157477
0698157478
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: Recorded Books, Inc
Summary: 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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Chapel_Hill_SharonD Apr 20, 2020

The Passion of Dolssa brings to life a tragic period in history through lively characterizations and heartfelt narrative. Despite the difficult topic, the author made me need to keep reading, and I felt every word. Beautiful, thoughtful and thought-provoking.

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hollyhock25
Jan 16, 2020

historical fiction, printz award

IndyPL_LucyW Mar 29, 2019

A real treasure for teen and adult fans of historical fiction and Medieval culture! While readers can find dozens of YA novels set in Victorian times or during the second World War, this novel is truly a standout for its setting and characters, and luckily for us, Julie Berry creates a lush and immersive world of feisty tavern-keepers, matchmakers, and a mystic on the run from establishment Inquisitors. The chapters weave between first- and third-person narratives in this compelling story of friendship, survival, and devotion. Berry provides glossaries and notes about the history and culture of 13th century Provence for added clarity and knowledge.

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SPPL_Anna
Mar 24, 2018

Absolutely amazing! Such a rich, immersive historical piece with compelling characters. Once I hit the second half I stayed up into the wee hours to finish it.

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Chernov
Oct 16, 2017

This book was amazing! I loved the characters, the plot, the writing style, everything. It's beautiful and tragic and realistic. It's such a good read and I highly recommend.

JCLChrisK Aug 08, 2017

Just what all the cool kids are craving in a light read these days: a dejecting story about the persecution of a medieval mystic.

Except that description, while superficially accurate, hardly captures the experience of reading this book. A number of narrators' voices are woven together to create the story, with the largest role by far played by Botille, a warm, witty, earthy, and slightly bawdy matchmaker who runs a tavern with her two sisters in a small seaside town. She's full of life and vigor, and so is her vibrant storytelling. Through her, we get a wonderful glimpse into what life would have been like in that time and place.

And don't think that "persecution" means a bunch of theological debates and dogmatic trials. This is a desperate flight across the countryside, intriguing detective work, lies, covert operations, and a wealth of suspense. Involving the inquisition--you know, crusades and public executions with fire and all that. And the mystics Dolssa is based upon, as author Berry explains in her historical note at the end, "took the idea of Jesus as their husband or lover quite seriously; in fact, many spoke of Jesus in passionate, sexual terms that would make modern readers blush."

This is an absorbing and powerful tale.

abruzzo79 Jun 06, 2017

Relevant for our time - the personal cost of cruel discrimination. Engaging writing, too!

kirstd31 Mar 31, 2017

I was very excited to read this book. The story was interesting and I liked how it was told from the different characters perspectives. I do not want to ruin the story for anyone, but I was not pleased with the ending.

multcolib_susannel Feb 13, 2017

During a time when heretics are burned at the stake, three sisters hide a girl who says she talks to Jesus.

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DSE1585
Oct 24, 2016

I'm not one for historical fiction, but this is easily a new favorite and I'm glad I read it. The author had a beautiful writing style, the culture and time period were extremely interesting, and the characters felt very human. Give this book a try even if religion, particularly as a common theme, doesn't interest you.

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