There is something very special about AgnEs Morel. A quiet presence in the small French town of Chartres, she can be found cleaning the famed medieval cathedral each morning and doing odd jobs for the townspeople. No one knows where she came from or why. Not AbbE Paul, who discovered her one morning twenty years ago, sleeping on the north porch, and not Alain Fleury, the irreverent young restorer who works alongside her each day- and whose attention she catches with her tawny eyes and elusive manner. She has transformed each of their lives in her own subtle way, yet no one suspects the dark secret AgnEs is hiding. When an accidental encounter dredges up a series of tragic incidents from AgnEs' youth, the nasty meddling of town gossips threatens to upend the woman's simple, peaceful life. Her story reveals a terrible loss, a case of mistaken identity, and a cruel and violent act that haunts her past. AgnEs wrestles with her own sense of guilt and enduring heartbreak while the citizens piece together the truth about her life.
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by Kathryn Lasky
by Coleen Salley
"Agnes, one of the cleaners of the medieval Cathedral of Chartres, leads a mysterious life bound together by a web of secrets, mistaken identity, and a horrific loss. Found 20 years earlier sleeping on the cathedral's north porch, she remains an enigma to all. Pamela Garelick's thoughtful, even pace lends this story a predominant tone of somber reflection, with occasional lively sparks reminiscent of the colorful stained glass gracing the vast cathedral. She pronounces French names and terms smoothly. The suspense builds as the townspeople strive to get to the bottom of the secrets that threaten Agnes's peaceful life. Depictions of the cathedralÕs history and lore are an enchanting asset to this story. A.W. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine"
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