Chateau of Secrets tells two stories at once. Each chapter alternates between a contemporary story and the historical. This has the potential for being confusing, but the contemporary is told in first person, so that helps keep the story lines distinct. I've read many novels set during World War II but don't remember any others dealing with Jews who had served in the German army. This made a very interesting twist to the story. This is the first book I've read by Melanie Dobson, but I don't think it will be the last. I highly recommend Chateau of Secrets.
Great story! I read it all the way through in one night. I would like to add a cautionary note that one of the scenes might be considered PG-13 due to the attack of a soldier towards the main heroine. However, I am puzzled by the reviewer that gave this book one star. There is not any bad language in this book.
Chateau of Secrets is a gripping journey into the climax of the World War period mingled with a modern-day story that slowly untangles some mysteries from that time. In 1940s France, Gisele Duchant grapples with the Nazis' intrusive occupation of her historic home, while protecting her brother and his fellow Resistance workers, and caring for the infant daughter of her best friend who has disappeared. In the present day, Gisele's granddaughter Chloe Sauver copes with the sudden severing of her engagement while traveling to the family estate in France to prepare for its role in a documentary film on aspects of the war. During her time at the estate and the making of the film, Chloe uncovers facts about her family history that will forever change how she views it and the grandparents she loves. This story takes hold from the first page and will keep the reader flipping pages swiftly till its conclusion. The setting in the French countryside, the various issues impacting the heart of each woman, and the manner in which each clings to the promises of God throughout make for compelling reading. The storyline of CHATEAU OF SECRETS exposes readers to a little-known aspect of World War II and those who served in its fighting forces. Very highly recommended for aficionados of solid women's fiction, the WWII era, France, or all three!