Chateau Of Secrets    -     By: Melanie Dobson
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Howard Books / 2014 / Paperback

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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.

Gishle 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 chbteau, Gishle 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.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Howard Books
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.38 (inches)
ISBN: 1476746117
ISBN-13: 9781476746111
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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.

Author Bio

Melanie Dobson is the award-winning author of thirteen historical romance, suspense, and contemporary novels. Two of her novels won Carol Awards in 2011, and Love Finds You in Liberty, Indiana won Best Novel of Indiana in 2010. Melanie lives with her husband Jon and two daughters near Portland, Oregon. Visit her online at MelanieDobson.com.

Editorial Reviews

“Amazing characters, deep family secrets, and an authentic French chateau make Dobson’s story a delight.”
“Intriguing and suspenseful, rich in secrets, hidden tunnels and heroic deeds—Melanie Dobson’s Chateau of Secrets weaves a compelling tale of a family’s sacrifice for those in need, and their determination to resist Nazi domination in the France they remember and love. A compelling and beautiful story not to be missed.”
“Seldom do I read an entire book in one day, but I did with Château of Secrets. I was entranced by the beautifully researched setting and the complex web of characters. Melanie Dobson has written a masterful novel!”
“Chateau of Secrets is the heart-wrenching tale of two women who must uncover the truth of their past in order to find peace and—in one case—true love in their future. The secrets the characters have kept and the lies they have told drive a story that is filled with suspense and romance.”

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  1. mwb
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent book!
    August 23, 2014
    mwb
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    This is the first book I've read of Dobson's and wasn't sure what to expect, but this book was one I didn't want to put down. I can't wait to read another of her books.
  2. Chateau of Songs
    Tempe, AZ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Come and learn the Chateau's secrets!
    July 13, 2014
    Chateau of Songs
    Tempe, AZ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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!
  3. SandraLew
    Gorrie, ON
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    History and storytelling at it's finest
    July 13, 2014
    SandraLew
    Gorrie, ON
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This story, while fictional, uses the WWII backdrop to tell a beautiful, memorable tale that left me with no choice but to spread the word. I could not put the book down. I cannot recommend this book enough.

    I was impressed with Dobson's research, as well as her ability to draw me in and love all of her characters. I came to feel sympathy for Nazis who, by no choice of their own, joined Hitlar's army. I learned things about Nazis that I have never heard before. So moving and so thought-provoking.
  4. anna
    Missouri
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Very good read
    May 27, 2014
    anna
    Missouri
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had not read any of Melonie's books before but the story seemed interesting so I gave it a try. She is a very good author. I finished the book on Memorial Weekend which was so appropriate given the theme of the story. I unsually read for a while each day but this book propelled me to the end. It is the kind of story that leaves you wondering about the characters. I will not get into the plot, don't want to spoil it. I will be looking for more for this author.
  5. KGD history teacher
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A little known piece of WWII History
    May 23, 2014
    KGD history teacher
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Chateau of Secrets tells a tale of WWII. We see the resiliency of the French people under the harsh rule of the Nazis, some of the efforts of the French Underground, and an amazing tale of Jewish soldiers in the German army. Gisele has been left to take care of the family chateau. The Nazis decide to commandeer it for their headquarters in the town of Saint-Lo. She must cater to their whims while trying to protect some Jewish children and members of the French Underground.

    Chloe is Gisele's granddaughter. She has come to France to guide a documentary filmmaker through the her family's ancestral chateau. Little does Chloe know that there are family stories about which neither she nor her father knew. As Chloe becomes more familiar with the stories of her grandmother's heroism, she begins to examine her values and the plans that she has had for her life.

    This is a very interesting tale, going back and forth between Gisele's WWII story and Chloe's modern dilemmas. The story is loosely based on a factual one and the author has brought out some little known information about Jews serving in the German army. This is well worth your time reading if you have any interest in history, especially WWII.

    I received this from NetGalley for my honest opinion
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