The Passion of Dolssa

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The Passion of Dolssa by Julie Berry is a historical novel that, even though it is Young Adult, reaindex.jpgds much like an adult book. The story is set in the 11th century in Europe during the period of the religious Inquisitions. It follows three characters, Dolssa a young woman accused of heresy  for her preaching about her relationship with her”beloved” (God), Botille, a young woman and town match-maker who runs a tavern with her two sisters, and Lucien De Saint Honore, a friar who is determined to stop Dolssa’s preaching.

Author Julie Berry brings to life a horrific period in history when millions of people were persecuted and condemned to death for not conforming to the Church’s beliefs and dogma. “The Passion of Dolssa” offers a slice of life in southern France and Spain after the Albigensian Crusade, along with wonderful portraits of women who strive to survive during that period. It’s not about big heroics. These women, Botille, her sisters, her neighbors, are ordinary people whom readers will come to care for as they follow them through the pages of this novel.

This book can be heavy at times but do not let that deter you! I am not yet finished with the book but I am enthralled with the story. The subject wasn’t originally something that I thought I would find interesting but each character has a wonderful voice. Also, each chapter is short, only a few pages, so it keeps your attention span moving. I think that this book will wind up being one of the best books of the year!

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