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Heretics: A Love Story, by Mary Saracino

Posted on July 16, 2014 | in NEW BOOKS | by

heretics a love storyThe most recent book from Mary Saracino, Heretics: A Love Story, is set in the 1480s and tells the tale of Shardana and Sarda—twin sister healers in Orune, a remote village in the mountainous Barbagia region of Sardinia—and their encounters with Antonio Albóndiga, a heretic-obsessed Spanish priest who’s fervent wish is to become a member of Spain’s Inquisitional Tribunal. After Antonio is exiled to Orune, the sisters welcome him and their families try to integrate him into the village—although many of the villagers are initially suspect and are not eager to embrace the stranger, who is unable to speak their dialect.Just when it seems that Antonio is ready to accept his fate and become a member of this community, he happens upon Shardana and Sarda engaging in a pre-Christian ritual with other townswomen and his inquisitional fervor is reignited. He brands the women as heretics and burns them in effigy. Will the twin sister healers be able to transform the hate that holds his heart hostage? Or will Antonio prevail? Order in paperback or as an ebook on amazon.com.

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