The Women in the Castle

The Women in the Castle

Large Print - 2017 | First HarperLuxe large print edition
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Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany's defeat, Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once-grand castle of her husband's ancestors, an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war. The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20, 1944, plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler, Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband's brave conspirators: to find and protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. First Marianne rescues six-year-old Martin, the son of her dearest childhood friend, from a Nazi reeducation home. Together, they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin, where Martin's mother, the beautiful and naive Benita, has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers. Then she locates Ania, another resister's wife, and her two boys, now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war. As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband's resistance movement, she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together. But she quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more complicated, filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart. Eventually, all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before, during, and after the war--each with their own unique share of challenges.
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First HarperLuxe large print edition
ISBN: 9780062644190
006264419X
Branch Call Number: LP SHATT-J
Characteristics: 527 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
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Robin_55
Oct 21, 2018

A good look into life as a German during WWII

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Oct 01, 2018

A look at WWII from a different perspective. Three widows and their children are sheltered at the castle belonging to Marianne. Each woman comes from a different background and experience. The story line follows each of the women' experience of the war given their background. A very good story. Well written, moving along at a good pace. I recommend this book.

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brangwinn
Aug 22, 2018

What a refreshing World War II story! Three women and their children after facing the horrors of the war are brought together to survive after World War II. What I found most interesting was the how each woman’s background led to their reactions as Jews were sent to death camps.

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Memawrayne
Jul 18, 2018

BEAUTIFUL STORY. The author lets the reader see into the minds of women during a horrible time. But she also reveals their personal and emotional baggage that they bring with them. It affects their values and decision and other's lives.

JCLAmandaW Mar 28, 2018

This story centers around three women who have survived World War II in very different ways. Each woman comes from very different backgrounds and had a different view of the rise and fall of Nazism and their place in Germany. It was difficult not to draw parallels between the views and actions of the women during this time period, and the complacency and activity occurring in populist movements in the world today. A fascinating story of a tragic period of history through the eyes of women.

brookse0518 Dec 31, 2017

Good story. Reminded me of the Nightingale by Hannah.

ArapahoeAnnaL Dec 14, 2017

This addition to the historical fiction of WW II provides a realistic look at the experience of a diverse group of German citizens. We understand the societal and psychological pressures in Germany and how they came to play out in the lives of those who would become heroic resisters and those who became unwitting and unwilling pawns on the side of great evil.

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molly
Nov 29, 2017

In my old age I thought "oh no, not another WW2 story" but I have to say, it is really good.
I really got caught up in the lives of the three women, and the author writes well. ( I really wish
the library and publisher's comments would stop with so much detail. What are they thinking?!)

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JaniceDeG
Nov 29, 2017

It's a rare thing to find a book that you can't put down because it is such a compelling read. "The Women in the Castle" is one of those rare books. Highly recommend this book, especially if you are a fan of the WWII genre.

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Rachelc24
Nov 07, 2017

a good read. I would recommend it.

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