1348. A bone-sculpted angel and the woman who wears it––heretic, Devil’s servant, saint.
Midwife Héloïse has always known that her bastard status threatens her standing in the French village of Lucie-sur-Vionne. Yet her midwifery and healing skills have gained the people’s respect, and she has won the heart of the handsome Raoul Stonemason. The future looks hopeful. Until the Black Death sweeps into France.
Terrified that Héloïse will bring the pestilence into their cottage, Raoul forbids her to treat its victims. Amidst the grief and hysteria, the villagers searching for a scapegoat, Héloïse must choose: preserve her marriage, or honour the oath she swore on her dead mother’s soul? And even as she places her faith in the protective powers of her angel talisman, she must prove she’s no Devil’s servant, her talisman no evil charm.
Héloïse, with all her tragedies and triumphs, celebrates the birth of modern medicine, midwifery and thinking in late medieval times.
I can't begin to describe how much I enjoyed reading this novel. It caught my attention from the very first page and held me in its grip until the fabulous ending.
A plague is raging through the French town of Lucie-sur-Vionne leaving death and destruction in its wake. Heloise, the illegitimate daughter of a midwife, is learning midwifery from her aunt Isa after her mother's death. She wears a leather thong upon which hangs an angel carved from bone. This talisman has been passed hand to hand from midwife to midwife down her family line. Heloise's dedication to her craft is so strong, she is one of the few people brave enough to tend the those dying of the plague. But not everyone is grateful, some are angry, even suspicious of her knowledge to heal, and she soon faces the wrath of the town.
If you like tales with strong, determined, and moral women at the helm, then this tale is sure to please. There is never a dull moment as the story unfolds and I can honestly say that it is unputdownable. This is a must read for those who love medieval historical fiction. You won't be disappointed.
Thank you to the author and publisher. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.