I didn’t know what to expect when I started to read this novel. The story seemed to center around 15th century nuns in a remote mountain convent in Spain. Before long, the sisters turned out of be heretic feminists, which really made me cringe, but since this was a book club book, I kept going.
That’s when things started getting really interesting. Flash forward to the 20th century. A young girl washes up on a beach following an earthquake in Latin America, naked, wearing only an ancient medal on a chain, wrapped around her neck. She is brought to a nearby convent, where the nuns care for her until she is adopted by an American couple.
Amazingly, the story brings the girl and the history of those nuns together, in a compelling narrative that reminded me of The DaVinci Code.
It was great fun, and although predictable at times, I enjoyed it very much.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2013