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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Chateau of Secrets by Melanie Dobson

Melanie Dobson's newest book, Chateau of Secrets, has just released.  This story is actually inspired by the true life story of a lady named, Genevieve Marie Josephe de Saint Pern Menke (1922-2010).  I love reading stories that have been inspired by actual historical events!  This book actually goes back and forth between two stories--the past story of Gisele Duchant and the current story of her granddaughter, Chloe Sauver.  Below you will find the information given on the back cover and my review.

From the Back Cover:
Gisele Duchant has a secret.  With Hitler's army bearing down on Normandy, Gisele hides her brother and other resistance fighters in the tunnels underneath the Chateau d'Epines, her family's medieval home.  When the soldiers take over the chateau, Gisele is forced to share her beloved home with the enemy even as she continues harboring members of the French resistance right below their feet.  Then her best friend--a Jewish woman--disappears, and Gisele risks everything to care for her friend's child.  When the Nazis begin to suspect her secrets, Gisele must work with an unlikely ally in an attempt to save herself and the life of this child.

Reeling from the deception of her fiance, Chloe Sauver leaves the United States for her family's ancestral home in Normandy.  A filmmaker, Riley Holtz, has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler's army and he travels to the Chateau d'Epines to interview Gisele's granddaughter for his documentary.  Chloe is floored--she doesn't know the Nazis occupied her family's home nor does she know what happened to her grandparents during World War II.  As Chloe and Riley work together to unravel her family's story, she is shocked by the secrets they find buried at the chateau...

My Review:
Since I had just read Melanie Dobson's book The Courier of Caswell Hall and loved it, I was eager to read her newest book, Chateau of Secrets.  History has always fascinated me and I love reading a good story.  The fact that the historical part is inspired by actual events makes this story even better!  The story is made interesting by going back and forth from the present to the past, and each chapter heading gives you a clue by the type of font used for the chapter heading. 
I was disappointed with the use of some words that could of been left out ("damn" and "heck").  I do not use this language in my speech and I really don't care to read in my books either.  It's one of the many reasons I like to read Christian fiction.  Also, there is a lot of smoking, pre-marital affairs and an extra-martial affair talked about.  (The affairs are really just mentioned and do not go into detail.)  So take that in account to who you would let read this book.  I would not give this novel to a teen, for instance.
But beside those few things, the storyline and plot were exciting to read and made the story interesting.  It was hard to put down the book as I found out more and more of the mystery surrounding all that happened at the Chateau.  Overall, I would give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

You can read more about the author and her other books here and make sure to visit her blog to explore more about the real story that inspired this book by clicking here.

***I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.

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