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THE PRIEST’S MADONNA
AMY HASSINGER
ISBN: 0-399-15317-9
April 6, 2006
Penguin Group (USA), Inc
375 Hudson Street, New York, New York 10014
Hardback
$24.95 U.S./$35.00 Canada
336 Pages
Historical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Marie Dernanaud finds herself drawn to Bérenger, a priest. Being bought up Catholic she had no reason to doubt her faith until a fire destroys their home and the family must locate to another village. Father Bérenger Saunière returns to their area and Marie, no longer the young child he knew when she was nine, views him differently.

Bérenger Saunière, a priest, takes over a parish in Marie’s town of Rennes-le-Château. He is responsible for overseeing the church’s renovation.

Madame Simone Laporte, the mayor’s wife, becomes a good friend to Marie and tries to help solve the mystery behind the church.

Marie is enthralled when she meets Bérenger and as time passes, they find themselves in a precarious game trying to fight their affections for each other. Amidst the restoration of the church, variances rise over religion and revolution as certain objects are revealed regarding a book, a map and an ancient stone. Marie finds herself struggling with her faith, her desire to the charismatic priest as the guilt slowly mounts. Bérenger soon professes that a wealthy supporter has been giving him funds for any information on the artifacts. The two soon settle into a loving liaison where Bérenger comes to feel God has forsaken him.

The Priest’s Madonna is an intriguing novel and most definitely holds the readers attention. A young girl moves to a small town and suddenly has a crush for the local priest with some interesting artifacts that lend to detail making it one incredible mind thrilling read. Ms. Hassinger pens a story that immediately comes to life with her flare of words. She gives Marie characteristics that display all her emotions. With a list of secondary characters, she brings believability and life into the story portraying remarkable love, faith and courage.

Cherokee
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