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The Women of Chateau Lafayette de Stephanie…

The Women of Chateau Lafayette (edição: 2021)

de Stephanie Dray (Autor)

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Título:The Women of Chateau Lafayette
Autores:Stephanie Dray (Autor)
Informação:Berkley (2021), 574 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca

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The Women of Chateau Lafayette de Stephanie Dray


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The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray
Historical women’s fiction. Fictionalized but based on historical facts.
This story follows three separate timelines, around three different wars, and the women connected to the Chateau.
It’s dramatic. It’s heartbreaking. It’s tragic. It’s history.
A touch of hope and independence with the strength of several determined women.

The interwoven and similar stories make it difficult at times to remember where we are as each progresses. War. Why is there hate?
The stories are distinctive enough to clear up any confusion as it moves forward and the chapters are clearly labeled.

Oh, I admire the brave. They are empowering in their lives and losses.
I listened to the audio version narrated by Tavia Gilbert, Emma Bering, and Rachel Jacobs. There were clear differences between the voices which made the timeline switches a little easier to follow. The stress and hard times were clearly felt and heard. ( )
  Madison_Fairbanks | May 20, 2021 |
This was an exhilarating and compelling piece of historical fiction by tremendously gifted writer, Stephanie Dray. She deftly weaves the narratives of three women, (of whom two are actual historical figures), through three world-changing time periods: the American/French Revolutions, World War I and World War II - all connected to the French mountain fortress of the Lafayettes while pursuing democratic ideals. The tremendous amount of research Dray invested in the project is Herculean. Many of the astounding and oft humorous moments are drawn straight from the historic record. This work is historical fiction at its finest!

Among the women celebrated in this book is Marie Adrienne Françoise de Noailles, Marquise de La Fayette - wife of Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette - you know, the one who served alongside General George Washington during the American Revolution. She's knowledgeable of all courtly etiquette yet shares strong passion for democratic ideals with her husband. She is strong, resourceful, clever, devout and loyal. Juxtaposed against that narrative is the story of Beatrice Minerva Ashley Chanler, also known as Minnie Ashley - a former stage actress, writer and sculptress married to William Astor Chanler which brought her fortune and fortuitous connections. Like Adrienne, she too is passionate to serve and rescue unfortunate ones, in her case, those in World War I France, placing herself in considerable danger - much to her husband's chagrin. The third narrative is that of Marthe, serving as a teacher at Chateau Lafayette - a school/orphanage for unfortunate children of World War II. She herself had been rescued by Beatrice during World War I and placed in the school's care.

Ms. Dray does a spectacular job of weaving the historic record through the lives and loves of these women. One learns so much more about the historic periods through their eyes and hearts. They are passionate, fierce, clever and brave. I am grateful to have been introduced to them and eager to learn more about Adrienne and Beatrice. Well done, Ms. Dray!

Synopsis (from publisher's website):

An epic 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.

Most castles are protected by men. This one by women.

A founding mother…
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband, the Marquis de Lafayette’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 renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

A daring visionary…
1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice 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 firsthand, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what’s right.

A reluctant resistor…
1940. French school-teacher 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.

Intricately woven and powerfully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us. ( )
  KateBaxter | May 9, 2021 |
This books follows three story lines. The first, beginning in 1774, is Adrienne, the wife of American hero and French patriot Lafayette. The second, set during WWI, is Beatrice, a woman who does everything she can to raise money and support the troops. The third, Marthe, takes place over WWII, as Marthe learns how to survive and secretly fight back. What ties together the women is Chateau Lafayette, a home, crumbling mansion, orphanage, and sanatorium.

This was an absolutely fascinating book. I was instantly captivated and found it very hard to put down. The three story lines worked really well together. The characters were well rounded and dynamic. Overall, 5 out of 5 stars. ( )
  JanaRose1 | May 6, 2021 |
I learned a lot about French history that I didn't know, although I'm still confused about things back in the 1700's. I almost didn't read the book because it was so big, but I didn't have anything else at the time, so I kept reading and finished it. I read a lot of WWII books, so that's what attracted me to the book, but I liked the French Revolution and WWI parts, too. ( )
  eliorajoy | May 1, 2021 |
It sounded really fascinating book--the stories of three women who guarded the Chateau Lafayette while trying to live through tumultuous times (isn't it always)? Adrienne Lafayette, married to a very important (to people in the US) man, the New York socialite Beatrice Astor Chanler, and French schoolteacher Marthe Simone who has to cope with the Nazi occupation. Not exactly light material.

The book weaves between these three women and their stories and their lives. Lafayette and Chanler are actual historical figures while Simone is apparently a composite of various women who had similar experiences and had similar backgrounds. So your YMMV about having having one fictional story interwoven with two others that are based on real events.

Honestly? The book was dull. I initially had hopes and found the opening chapters really interesting but I think it tries too hard to show a history and a passage of time doesn't mean issues for women haven't changed or gotten better, etc. I'm not really sure why the author felt compelled to have three women or to make up one story when just two or even having a miniseries (a trilogy?) might have worked for a tale like this one.

Overall, it's a historical fiction book that is too long for perhaps some sort of evocation of "epic" when it might have been suited better as a series or without the fictional story or with much better editing. Lots of people appear to have enjoyed this one but I'll say that I don't really get the hype.

Maybe if you've got a long ride or trip and need an epic this might be a good pickup. Otherwise I'd say it's skippable.

Library borrow for me. ( )
  HoldMyBook | May 1, 2021 |
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