Title: The Passion of Dolssa
by: Julie Berry
I positively loved Julie Berry's style of writing, especially in Lovely War which I read earlier this year.
This story takes place in the 13th century & is about a young women named Dolssa who has some uncanny gifts (and seems to have the ability to heal ill persons) but she is accused by the church of being a heretic & claiming she has a relationship with the Savior. Dolssa is rescued by Botille (the village matchmaker) whose other sisters Plazensa & Sazia also take her in & protect her from a determined friar who has burned her mother. All the men are smitten by Plazensa who is the main ale & food maker and Sazia is the family fortuneteller.
"Like rays of glory from heaven, piercing the dusty gloom of the church, making each airborne mote shine like a star."
"Once, we were joined as two lovers with one heart. If those days are ended, & I never see him again, I still remember them. If I only hear his voice now in the cry of an enfan, I can still come when he calls. If his call cannot reach my ears, I can still follow his feet."