Chateau of Secrets

Chateau of Secrets

A Novel

Book - 2014
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Baker & Taylor
"A courageous young noblewoman risks her life to hide French resistance fighters; seventy years later, her granddaughter visits the family's abandoned chateau and uncovers shocking secrets from the past. Gisele Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family's medieval chateau in Normandy. Now, with Hitler's army bearing down, her brother and several friends are hiding in the tunnels, resisting the German occupation of France. But when German soldiers take over the family's chateau, Gisele is forced to host them as well--while harboring the resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend's baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child. A present day story weaves through the past one as Chloe Salvare, Gisele's granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler's army. Riley wants to research Chloe's familyhistory and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored--her family isn't Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn't know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover... With emotion and intrigue, Melanie Dobson brings World War II France to life in this beautiful novel about war, family, sacrifice, and thesecrets of the past"--

Simon and Schuster
A courageous young noblewoman risks her life to hide French resistance fighters; seventy years later, her granddaughter visits the family’s abandoned chateau and uncovers shocking secrets from the past.

Gisèle Duchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family’s medieval chateau in Normandy. Now, with Hitler’s army bearing down, her brother and several friends are hiding in the tunnels, resisting the German occupation of France.

But when German soldiers take over the family’s château, Gisèle is forced to host them as well—while harboring the resistance fighters right below their feet. Taking in a Jewish friend’s baby, she convinces the Nazis that it is her child, ultimately risking everything for the future of the child. When the German officers begin to suspect her deception, an unlikely hero rescues both her and the child.

A present day story weaves through the past one as Chloe Sauver, Gisèle’s granddaughter, arrives in Normandy. After calling off her engagement with a political candidate, Chloe pays a visit to the chateau to escape publicity and work with a documentary filmmaker, Riley, who has uncovered a fascinating story about Jews serving in Hitler’s army. Riley wants to research Chloe’s family history and the lives that were saved in the tunnels under their house in Normandy. Chloe is floored—her family isn’t Jewish, for one thing, and she doesn’t know anything about tunnels or the history of the house. But as she begins to explore the dark and winding passageways beneath the chateau, nothing can prepare her for the shock of what she and Riley discover…

With emotion and intrigue, Melanie Dobson brings World War II France to life in this beautiful novel about war, family, sacrifice, and the secrets of the past.

Publisher: Nashville, TN : Howard Books, 2014
ISBN: 9781611292961
1611292964
9781476746111
1476746117
Branch Call Number: Fiction Dobson
Characteristics: 379 p. ; 22 cm

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jagger66
Mar 10, 2017

A well written story , worth reading.

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Liselara
Jul 04, 2016

This is a beautifully written book oscillating between present time and events during World War II. The cadence and rhythm is perfectly set from one chapter to the other and you'll find it hard to put down. At the front of my library copy there is a photo of a couple and at the back of this extraordinary book the author explains that many of the events are based upon real stories. You'll learn of the courageous Jews who fought with the Nazis and why the reasons are so layered an complex.

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cindyc3228
Sep 05, 2015

A light read but an intriguing plotline. I hadn't counted on the christian agenda that suddenly popped up and sidetracked the story.

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hildesanders
Jun 11, 2015

Awesome book! Geisle's life running perpendicular with Chloe's present time life flows beautifully through the book. I was on the edge of my seat through different times. A must read!!

booklady413 Jan 13, 2015

This historical fiction book is based on a little known historical fact that some Jews actually fought in the Nazi army in order to save relatives. This story woven around a French family during WWII and a young ancestor trying to uncover family secrets is an excellent read.

comeaum21 Sep 20, 2014

It is THE most wonderful book ever writing. Melanie Dobson is a genius.
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