Book discussions

virgin blue

SummaryMeet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin—two women born centuries apart, yet bound by a fateful family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a peculiar dream of the color blue propels her on a quest to uncover her family’s French ancestry. As the novel unfolds—alternating between Ella’s story and that of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier—a common thread emerges that unexpectedly links the two women. Part detective story, part historical fiction, The Virgin Blue is a novel of passion and intrigue that compels readers to the very last page
Kelly's review: My favorite Chevalier book. Two narrators - Isabella from 1500/1600's and Ella from today. Lots of religious overtones, great historical references, very engrossing. Slow in the beginning, stick with the story because you will be rewarded with a tale of family secrets, haunting decisions, and tragic mistakes that mark a family forever. 

house on mango
SummaryTold in a series of vignettes – sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous – it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers. 
Kelly's review:
 I've read this book so many time; I love it. The stories are interconnected to narrate one big story, but they can be read separately without losing any of the meaning. The book is fluid poetry.