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When a baby girl is found abandoned near a secluded monastery, thirteen lives will be forever changed, and an old curse of numbers will be broken. Her name is Catherine, and it is her journey that will teach her life’s most painful lessons, and break one man’s heart.
In this haunting, moving novel, Inez Ponce de Leon weaves a gripping tale of love and betrayal, death and life, as thirteen brothers, one woman, and one man all search for their own sanctuary. (Winner, National Novel Writing Month, 2005)
Rachel Everdene is a businesswoman, twenty-six years old, and unmarried. She is almost destined for spinsterhood in her home town of Orvieto, Italy. It is, after all, the year 1289 — women are married as children, mothers in their teens, and grandmothers as adults. When she obeys a fraudulent summons from the Pope, however, she is drawn into a chase that will span the northern communes of Italy, and change her life forever. (Winner, National Novel Writing Month 2006)