Acquired via BookCrossing 27 Feb 2010 – at the Birmingham meetup

An amazing book based on real events when Tindall found a cache of old letters in a house in a French village, mainly asking for a woman’s, Celestine’s, hand in marriage in the 1860s. Knowing Celestine’s grand-daughter lived in the village, she traces the interconnecting relationships between the villagers, the landscape, and wider French history, right up to their present-day lives in the village. Wonderful – warm and rich and the village seems really similar to the one we’ve been staying in, if in a different area.