Here's the plot synopsis from the back cover:
Meet Ella Turner and Isabelle du Moulin - two women born centuries apart, yet tied together by a haunting family legacy. When Ella and her husband move to a small town in France, Ella hopes to brush up on her French, qualify to practice as a midwife, and start working on a family of her own. Village life turns out to be less idyllic than she expected, however, and a strange series of events propels her on a quest to uncover her family's French ancestry. As the novel unfolds - alternating between Ella's story and that of Isabelle du Moulin four hundred years earlier - a common thread emerges that pulls the lives of the two women together in a most mysterious way. Part detective story, part historical fiction, The Virgin Blue is a novel of passion and intrigue that compels readers to the very last page.
I really enjoyed this. It was Chevalier's first novel and definitely not as good as Girl with a Pearl Earring, but I like her simple writing style. She reminds me a little of Joanne Harris, author of Chocolat. Very beautiful and evocative.
If you enjoy a quick, easy read that is still beautiful, here are a few books I recommend: