Thanks, everyone. I think (I hope) I'm getting closer.
I'm hoping this is a winner.
In sixteenth-century Salm, legends are real, superstitions run deep, and witches are everywhere.
During the day, the villagers shun Catherine’s family. At night, however, they ignore witchcraft rumors swirling around her grandmother and seek her healing skills. Catherine longs to rise above the cloud of suspicion.
When Nicolas is treated, he finds himself infatuated with Catherine. Wanting to impress her, he reads to her but fails to mention that during the Renaissance, simply possessing a banned book might get her killed. Their love of learning brings them together and they marry. When Nicolas makes an enemy of a powerful bishop, false charges result in their house being ransacked.
Catherine is arrested for witchcraft, and she has no illusions of impartiality. Her only hope is to condemn the duplicity of the church and refer to things she could only have learned from the banned books. She must choose her words carefully as they will either free her or send her to the stake.
Complete at 100,000 words, FROM THE DROP OF HEAVEN is a multi-perspective historical novel written in the vein of Peter Troy's, MAY THE ROAD RISE UP TO MEET YOU, and Elizabeth Gilbert's, THE SIGNATURE OF ALL THINGS.
I am a former xxx from xxxx, but my passion is genealogy. The quest to find my roots has led me down the back roads of France where I found the unsung history of Salm as fascinating as my ancient grandmother’s demise.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Dear agent of my dreams,
Catherine’s father hated the parish priest for as long as she can remember, but the reason was a mystery to her. Nicolas, her husband, learns the shocking truth, but when the priest gets hauled away and is out of their lives, the secret gets buried as an uncomfortable memory. Years later, when Nicolas takes their son to neighboring Strasbourg to inquire about an internship, they tour the cathedral. Enthralled by the artistry of the building, they get separated. From a distance, Nicolas sees his son walking away with the bishop whom Nicolas recognizes as the hated former parish priest. In saving his son, Nicolas unleashes an evil that spirals his family into a plot of revenge and the horrors of the Renaissance.