This book has caused me to reflect on many things, aside from the engaging, romantic story of these two well-known people of their time. It would be hard for me to put into words, but I came to understand myself a little better from reading this book. I felt a connection to Heloise. While I wasn't raised in an abbey, as she was, I was "raised in the church" and in religious ideologies. I understand Heloise's confusion and her conflict over finding herself in love with Abelard. I also understand that she loves him with the same profound love and devotion and passion she feels for God. After all, it is from loving God she knows how to love. It is from her religious upbringing she learned that to love fully and completely, she must love unselfishly - no matter what the cost is to herself.
Before buying the book, I did a little research and found there is a book of their letters to one another, which I would very much like to read. I tried not to read too much about the real Heloise and Abelard, though, as I wanted to enjoy the novel before discovering what really happened to them both. If you love historical fiction, as I do, this book is definitely a book to put on your list.