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Subject: Book before the Girl with the Pearl Earring
Date Posted: 7/14/2008 11:10 AM ET
Member Since: 6/20/2007
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If you liked the Girl with the Pearl Earring then you will like this one. I guess the author wrote this one first. I just finished it and It was a good read!

Title: The Virgin Blue
Author: Tracy Chevalier

Book Description:

Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin - two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family's French ancestry. As the novel unfolds - alternating between Ella's story and that of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier - a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links the two women. Part detective story, part historical fiction, The Virgin Blue is a novel of passion and intrigue that compels readers to the very last page.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 1:37 PM ET
Member Since: 4/19/2007
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I really like all of Chevalier's books, and The Virgin Blue has actually been my favorite!  I think I even stayed home from work one day to read it! lol!  I think the story was very captivating!

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 1:58 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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I had the pleasure of hearing Tracy Chevalier speak a few years ago - she was fascinating.

Having said that, I've not read "The Virgin Blue" yet.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 4:33 PM ET
Member Since: 3/31/2006
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The Virgin Blue is my absolute favorite Chevalier book.  It's almost haunting.  You can't put it down without knowing what the family secret is.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 7:13 PM ET
Member Since: 4/19/2007
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Wow, Mimi--where did you hear her speak?  She has become one of my favorite authors.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 7:30 PM ET
Member Since: 8/20/2006
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I loved The Virgin Blue.  It was one of the first books I got from pbs.  Tracy Chevalier is one of my favorite authors.  I think I may have to reread The Virgin Blue now.  I read it over a year ago.

Date Posted: 7/14/2008 7:38 PM ET
Member Since: 6/5/2007
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Wow, Mimi--where did you hear her speak?  She has become one of my favorite authors.

In Seattle - she  must have been on a book tour, but it was lovely, it was in the Opera House.  I sat next to a woman who lived next to her when she was growing up, and her daughter was friends with Tracy. It was a hoot to hear stories about her as a child.

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 9:42 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2007
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I've got the Virgin Blue waiting for me to read. I think that will be the next one up