The Priest's Madonna

  • by Amy Hassinger
  • Narrated by Anna Fields
  • 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For fans of The Birth of Venus, Girl with a Pearl Earring, and The Other Boleyn Girl, Amy Hassinger, author of Nina: Adolescence, delivers this historically lush, lyrical, and thoroughly enthralling novel about the forbidden love between a woman and a holy man, and about the moral and spiritual struggles of faith. In 1896, the priest in a small village in southern France suddenly came into possession of immense wealth. This much is true. What no one knows for sure is where his money came from. The history of the region suggests that he may have stumbled upon clues to a hidden treasure of the Knights Templar. An even more tantalizing possibility is that he discovered coded documents hidden in the structure of his church, documents so threatening to the Catholic Church that he was paid to keep silent. At his death under mysterious circumstances in 1917, his secrets died with him. Yet there is one other person who may have known all, Marie Dernanaud, the priest's housekeeper and, some say, his lover. Interweaving the history of France at the turn of the twentieth century, scenes of ancient Judea, and the romantic and religious journey of a spirited and intense heroine, The Priest's Madonna gives Marie a chance to tell her version of what transpired, as well as her own story of belief, doubt, and illicit passions.

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What the Critics Say

"Hassinger brings historical characters to life in this vivid and affecting account of love and faith." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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A forgettable, unenjoyable book for me.

What disappointed you about The Priest's Madonna?

Everything.


What will your next listen be?

Solano.


Which character – as performed by Anna Fields – was your favourite?

none.


You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Only that the priest lost faith.


Any additional comments?

I found this book so boring. I didn't understand the links with history and though I thought anna read it well, I found her voice a little too deep and scary for me. Totally not my taste.

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- jillian grant

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-05-2006
  • Publisher: Listen & Live Audio, Inc.