Buried deep within the archives of a convent in medieval France is an untold story of love, loss, and wonder and the two girls at the heart of it all. Dolssa is an upper-crust city girl who's been branded a heretic, on the run from the friar who condemned her mother to death by fire and wants Dolssa executed, too. Botille is a matchmaker and a tavern-keeper, struggling to keep herself and her sisters on the right side of the law in their seaside town. When their lives collide by a dark riverside, Botille rescues a dying Dolssa and conceals her in the tavern, where an unlikely friendship blooms. Aided by her sisters and Symo, her surly but loyal neighbor, Botille nurses Dolssa back to health and hides her from her pursuers. But all of Botille's tricks, tales, and cleverness can't protect them forever, and when the full wrath of the Church bears down upon them, Dolssa's passion and Botille's good intentions could destroy the entire village. From the author of the critically acclaimed and award-winning All the Truth That's in Me comes a spellbinding thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the final page and make you wonder if miracles really are possible. From the Hardcover edition.
'Reviews for THE PASSION OF DOLSSA: "Irresistibly compelling...[Berry conveys] complex historical and religious matters fluently and accessibly for today's readers."- Horn Book , starred review"Berry again delivers an utterly original and instantly engrossing story...she weaves a tense, moving portrait of these two teenage girls and their struggle to survive against insurmountable odds."- Publishers Weekly , starred review"Readers will be transported into Dolssa and Botille's world. An expertly crafted piece of historical fiction."- School Library Journal , starred review"A skillfully crafted and tenderly told story of faith and friendship tested."- BCCB , starred review"This beautifully crafted plot would be enough on its own, but Berry does so much more . . . despite the book's gravity, Berry also manages to infuse her story with laughter and light."- Booklist , starred review"The slow build reveals...a compelling, admirable young woman in a gorgeously built world that accepts miracles without question...Immersive and mesmerizing."- Kirkus Reviews"[A] powerful and beautifully written novel."- VOYA"A beautiful and timeless tale of family and loyalty, friendship and devotion."-Mette Ivie Harrison, author of New York Times Notable Book The Bishop's Wife"Powerful and heartbreaking, The Passion of Dolssa shows us that the voices of dissent can only be silenced for so long. Their echoes carry down the centuries, sounding warnings for our own time. Julie Berry writes the past as if she lived it."-Jennifer Donnelly, New York Times bestselling author of These Shallow Graves"Julie Berry's sweeping tapestry of friendship and belief is both epic and intimate, both sweet and painful."-Elizabeth Wein, author of Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire"Two unique girls, thrown together in a time of change and danger. One transcendent reading experience."-Nancy Werlin, National Book Award honoree and New York Times bestseller Rave reviews for ALL THE TRUTH THAT'S IN ME: "Stunning! In rich and vivid language, and with a pace that lingers but never loiters, Berry has managed somehow to write a love story with the quickened pulse of a mystery thriller."--Tim Wynne-Jones, author of Blink & Caution"Powerful...its prose poetry draws the reader into the heroine's skin, and the spiral of her romantic obsession."--Rita Williams-Garcia, Newbery Honor author of One Crazy Summer"An incredible story of courage and rediscovering a silenced voice. Haunting and unforgettable!"--Ruta Sepetys, bestselling author of Out of the Easy and Between Shades of Gray"Twines lyrical writing with the sharp pull of suspense to tell a riveting tale of a young girl's struggle to reclaim her life."--Judy Blundell, National Book Award-winning author of What I Saw and How I Lied"Extraordinary...[Berry] plays with tense, mixing limited third past tense and first person present so masterfully it's not noticeable unless you're taking apart what it is she's doing and how she does it so well."-- Shelftalker"The combination of the lovely language and the plot's intriguing twists and turns makes it feel like a book of poetry and a thriller at the same time."-- Deseret News"This highly original novel, told in brief, diary-like chunks, balances raw emotion and lyrical language to evoke a suffocating, judgmental society and the dark desires lurking below the surface."-- The Daily Mail (London)"Mezmerizing...worthy of multiple reads."-- The Boston Globe"Gracefully incorporates everything from the right to education to the horrors of war to the freedom that comes along with acquiring language. What will stick in most readers' minds, though, is the first-person prose."-- Booklist"All the Truth That's in Me is that rare magical thing--a beautiful love story told in spare, riveting prose."-- New York Journal of Books"Julie Berry effectively combines ele