“There were seconds, when I woke, when the world felt unshrouded. Then memory returned.”
When Jessica regains consciousness in a French hospital on the day after the Paris attacks, all she can think of is fleeing the site of the horror she survived. But Patrick, the steadfast friend who hasn’t left her side, urges her to reconsider her decision. Worn down by his insistence, she reluctantly agrees to follow through with the trip they’d planned before the tragedy.
“The pages found you,” Patrick whispered.
“Now you need to figure out what they’re trying to say.”
During a stop at a country flea market, Jessica finds a faded document concealed in an antique. As new friends help her to translate the archaic French, they uncover the story of Adeline Baillard, a young woman who lived centuries before—her faith condemned, her life endangered, her community decimated by the Huguenot persecution.
“I write for our descendants, for those who will not understand the cost of our survival.”
Determined to learn the Baillard family’s fate, Jessica retraces their flight from France to England, spurred on by a need she doesn’t understand.
Could this stranger who lived three hundred years before hold the key to Jessica’s survival?
This is two stories set three centuries apart. It’s about a present time woman learning how to heal, live and love from a woman in the past.
The story is well written and well plotted. With that being said, some of the details seem a bit questionable. The historical backstory of the Huguenots (French Protestants) fleeing from France to avoid persecution was quite interesting, and has made me want to research that piece of history. There is a bit of a mystery, and I have to say that there is quite a twist that I never saw coming.
This book was easy to put down, and hard to pick up again. But… every time I read it, I enjoyed it. I really like this book, and I would recommend it to everyone. It is a great story of friendship, healing and hope. It is also considered a Christian Fiction novel, but it isn’t preachy by any means. There is a bit of romance thrown in, but that does take a backseat to the mystery.
I hope you’ll read this one, and let me know how you like it!