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  1. Chateau Of Secrets
    Chateau Of Secrets
    Melanie Dobson
    Howard Books / 2014 / Trade Paperback
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  1. VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    World War II, French Resistance, Action Adventure
    May 13, 2014
    VicsMediaRoom
    Irvine, CA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Melanie Dobson in her new book, "Chateau Of Secrets" published by Howard Books takes us into the lives of Gisèle Duchant and Chloe Sauver.

    From the back cover: 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.

    GisèleDuchant guards a secret that could cost her life. Tunnels snake through the hill under her family's medievalchateau 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.

    In WWI France stopped the German Invasion at The Maginot Line. The Nazis wanted to make up for that humiliation and roared across the Maginot Line taking Paris and occupying France. For four years, fearing retribution, France willingly allowed The Occupation. Well not everyone! There were a small but brave group of individuals across France that fought against the Nazis that were called The French Resistance. Genevieve Marie Josephe de Saint Pern Menke was a real life Resistor. Ms. Dobson has created the character of Gisele based on some of her adventures. Make no mistake this is a WWII actioner that will make your heart pound and your breath stop as you get involved in the action. Danger, action, adventure suspense thriller all rolled up in a very exciting read. Ms. Dobson has given us a story that belongs up there with the terrific movies that have come before. These are wonderful characters that live and breathe on the pages and you care deeply for them. This book does not disappoint at all. I enjoyed it and I am sure you will also.

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
  2. Mrs ARS
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Riveting Family Secrets
    May 13, 2014
    Mrs ARS
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Chateau of Secrets was a novel that takes place in the past and the present. In the present we have former school teacher Chloe who is trying to fit the mold her fiancé has made for her as he runs for political office. Her parents and fiancé want her to travel to France to the family chateau to be interviewed for a documentary for World War 2. Chloe really wishes that her paternal grandmother, Gisele and late grandfather, had shared more about their time during the war. Now her grandmother is deteriorating mentally and asking for her daughter Adeline, whom no one in the family knew ever existed. In the meantime, Chloe finds out some devastating news about her fiancé, and cannot wait to go and hide away in France. There she meets filmmaker Riley, who has secrets of his own and an interesting connection to her family. She also meets with a mysterious older woman, who is living near the chateau who knows things about her grandmother but refuses to speak to Chloe. In the past, we have Gisele's viewpoint of what is going on from the time the Nazi's have entered her beloved city and home and have changed her life forever. Trying to protect her family she finds her Jewish neighbors' daughter seemingly abandoned and pretends she is her own child to protect her from the soldiers. While we are in Gisele's story in the past, everything is unfolding for us as it does for her. Fast forward to the future with Chloe and we are right there with her slowly uncovering her grandmother's lifetime of secrets. This was a well written novel and I absolutely enjoyed how Melanie uncovered the secrets in the way the story was told. Not only that, but I learned some things about the war I did not know and to be honest shocked me a bit. I received this book from the publisher however, the opinions are my own.
  3. Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Story I Have Been Waiting For!!!
    May 13, 2014
    Robin Wallace
    Florida
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Chateau of Secrets

    Melanie Dobson

    Book Summary: 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.

    Book Review: This is a book that sticks you! I spend days after finishing this book wishing there was more to read of it. I loved the moving back and forth between World War II and present day. I loved both the stories. I never wanted either to end. It was a spectacularly written, very believable and such a tender story of redemption. I once read a book similar in nature but this story fulfilled everything that other story could not. It was a private wish of mine to read a story developed as Melanie Dobson did. I laughed, I cried and I lived every moment of the story. I can not thank the author enough for writing this moving piece of fiction that was thread around the true events of World War II and the beauty of God within those horrific events. Gisele's story was wrapped in the gospel of Christ who is greater than any tragedy man can think up. I love secret tunnels and rooms. A mystery of how things really were versus what people tell. These are the things that make a good mystery.

    I would like to thank Net Galley and Howard Books for allowing me to read and review this book in return for a free copy and I was never asked to write a favorable review by anyone.
  4. lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 9, 2014
    lcjohnson1988
    Indiana
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Fantastic! Wonderful! A definite must read! These are all words or phrases that briefly describe my opinion of this novel. The novel has two storylines going at the same time, one set in present day and one beginning in 1940 and continuing until the Allies expel the Nazis from France some time in 1944. The story alternates chapters between Chloe and Gisele. While this story is fiction, it is based on a real person's life and her heroism is to be greatly commended.

    Chloe Sauver is engaged to the challenger for Virginia's governor's seat. She has been coached on how to act, what to say and even how to position her body and face when answering questions. She believes she is in love and that her fiancé loves her in return. That is until she discovers something about him that causes her to rethink their relationship. She goes to France to the family castle or chateau to do an interview for a documentary on WWII. Her French grandmother, Gisele, is in the end stages of Alzheimer's and has never talked very much about the war she lived through. While Chloe is in France, she learns more about her grandmother, her family and what others suffered at the hands of the Nazis. She also begins to spend time with Riley, the man who is creating the documentary, and sees what a good Christian man he has been transformed into.

    Gisele Duchant is a young college graduate who lives in a marvelous home that has been in her family for over 300 years. The chateau is a place of security and safety that is until her father is murdered and the Germans come to town. The Nazis decide to make the chateau their headquarters in the area and to have Gisele work for them by feeding them and cleaning up after them. Meanwhile, Gisele's younger brother is head of the local French Resistance movement and is in hiding from the Nazis. Gisele takes food to help support him and his men. Gisele's best friend is deported and leaves behind her baby daughter, who Gisele takes in and cares for at great danger to herself. Gisele is a strong Catholic and relies on her faith in God to provide answers.

    There are many themes prevalent throughout the story such as redemption, heroism, courage, bravery, succeeding against all odds, being willing to lay down one's life for another, and allowing God to transform ugliness in to beauty to name a few. I had no idea that there were Jewish men who served in the German Army during WWII. I learned some interesting history about France. I was thoroughly immersed in this story from beginning to end and was easily able to relate to the emotions and fears of characters in the story. Melanie did a fantastic job of drawing me in to the story, keeping me intrigued and providing a wonderful ending. Please get a copy and enjoy this fabulous story for yourself!

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  5. ECowgill
    Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Most Intriguing Book of 2014
    May 9, 2014
    ECowgill
    Georgia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    "Chateau of Secrets" was one of the most intriguing books I've ever read! Well-written, and enjoyable,

    I could have read the book in just a couple of days had I not been so busy! The story is told by alternating

    chapters between modern day Chloe Sauver and her grandmother, Gisele Duchant.

    Descriptions of scenery, scenes and people were so realistic, it was as if I was reading a true story. Ms. Dobson has an award-winning novel in Chateau of Secrets.
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