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Holy Fools
Holy Fools
Author: Joanne Harris
In the year 1605, a young, pregnant widow seeks sanctuary at the Abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-mer. After the birth of her daughter, she takes up the veil, and a new name, Soeur Auguste. But the peace she has found is shattered five years later by the events that follow the death of her kind benefactress, the Reverend Mother. When a new abbess a...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780060559137
ISBN-10: 0060559136
Publication Date: 5/1/2005
Pages: 354
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 53 ratings
Publisher: Perennial
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 11
A historical novel set in 1610 France. Most of the action occurs in an abbey on an island off the coast. King Henry IV has recently been murdered and the boy king, Louis XIII has assumed the throne.

The heroine of the piece, Juliette (among other names) is an aerialist and actress with a minstrel troupe, led by a conman named Guy LaMerle. They have a love/hate relationship. The troupe is split when the minstrels are blamed for what looks like a recurrence of the plague. The pregnant Juliette goes to live at Abbey of Sainte Marie-de-la-mer where her daughter, Fleur, is born. She is leading a rather normal existence until the kind Reverend Mother dies. She is replaced by the powerful bishop's twelve-year-old niece who is under the thumb of LaMerle, disguised as her confessor.

Juliette knows that LaMerle is plotting something; she tries to leave with her daughter, but LaMerle, who wants to use her in his plot, kidnaps Fleur.

The suspense revolves around LaMerle's motivation in wanting to embarrass the bishop. What is there in his background that makes him hate the bishop so much? There's a twist.
krkckt avatar reviewed Holy Fools on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Super book, a true page turner with an unexpected twist at the end. I truly enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 1
In interesting medieval tale but with the same great voice as Chocolat and Coastliners.
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