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The Women of Chateau Lafayette

The Women of Chateau Lafayette

Book - 2021 | First edition
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"An epic generational saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray, based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy in some of humanity's darkest hours. Most castles are protected by powerful men. This one by women ... A reluctant resistor ... 1940. French schoolteacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become. A daring visionary ... 1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing--not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France and delivering war relief over dangerous seas, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what's right. A founding mother ... 1774. Gently bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband's political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must choose whether to renounce the complicated man she loves or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come. Intricately woven and beautifully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we find from standing together on the shoulders of those who came before us"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Berkley, 2021
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781984802125
Branch Call Number: F DRAY-S
Characteristics: 565 pages : maps (black and white) ; 24 cm


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May 10, 2021

This sweeping tome of a historical novel (576 pages) flows very quickly as the reader is pulled into the story that spans 170 years and three wars -- the American and French revolutions, World War I, and World War II. Adrienne Lafayette and Beatrice Chanler are based on real historical figures while Marthe Simone is fictional. All three women's lives revolve around the Chateau de Chavaniac, the birthplace of Lafayette, American Revolutionary War General and Adrienne's husband. As each woman struggles to meet wartime challenges, the Chateau is the constant that provides a refuge for family, a school and orphanage, and a sanitarium for sick children. The chapters alternate between the three time periods which helps the reader see the differences and similarities in Adrienne's, Beatrice's, and Marthe's response to their own circumstances. Although a lot of material, this book could be adapted into a film or tv series.

Apr 06, 2021

Another homerun for Stephanie Dray. I've been looking forward to this book for months, and I adored every page of it. A brilliant story about three women embroiled in three different wars in three different time periods, and all of them building and maintaining a legacy that is still honored even today. An amazing read.


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