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Publisher's Summary

Heartbroken and hoping for a new start, Abi Howes takes a summer job in rural France at the Château Bellevue. The old château echoes with voices from the past, and soon Abi finds herself drawn to one remarkable woman’s story, a story that could change the course of her summer - and her life.

In 1938, Eliane Martin tends beehives in the garden of the beautiful Château Bellevue. In its shadow she meets Mathieu Dubosq and falls in love for the first time, daring to hope that a happy future awaits. But France’s eastern border is darkening under the clouds of war, and history has other plans for Eliane…

When she is separated from Mathieu in the chaos of German occupation, Eliane makes the dangerous decision to join the Resistance and fight for France’s liberty. But with no end to the war in sight, her loyalty to Mathieu is severely tested.

From the bestselling author of Sea of Memories comes the story of two remarkable women, generations apart, who must use adversity to their advantage and find the resilience deep within.

©2018 Fiona Valpy (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Wonderful story full of history

I loved this story about the Chateau in France on the border of the occupied territory in France. I had no idea of this area and much of the story is based on real people with fictional characters mixing with the actual real people. Her research is wonderful and the story was absorbing and heartwarming with much sadness. It is a window into the war and a reminder why war so awful. It is sad this seems to be the only solution at times. It is a great read and I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I also loved the narrator and felt she did an excellent job

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Très bien fait

Good intertwining story of two women survivors - one of war, one of abuse. Takes place in my favorite province of la belle France. Although many years apart, the two women’s stories are bittersweet, yet show their strength of character and ability to find peace after their traumas. Excellent narration with super French accents making the story come alive. Bravo!

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Beautiful story of finding oneself

Beautiful story. No matter how many books I read that in one way or another revolve around WWII as the subject matter, they’re never the same. And even if they recount alike events or situations, they’re never boring and I always learn more. The author wove together a beautiful story that came full circle of a woman finding herself in the story of another woman some 70-ish years ago. Through the horrors of the war, everyday life and love, we learned that no matter what we have to walk head up with courage.

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Alluring storyline

A thoroughly absorbing novel with a twofold timeline. One story is set in 2017, the other in WWII. Interlaced with true (French) historical events which the author aptly blended seamlessly with her fictional characters that I almost believed they were realistic people/story. Each timeline is a story of its own but gradually bleed into each other 3/4th into the book with a bonding arch.

The narrator was a delight to listen/read to me! Will look for more audiobooks narrated by Henrietta Meire.

Will pick up Ms. Valpy other books to read as I enjoyed her ‘voice’.

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Best book in awhile

What a wonderful story. The book was read beautifully and it enhanced the story experience. I will definitely recommend to others!

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Captivating

Loved the story, the performance, the characters. Didn't want to stop reading for even a moment.

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  • Mrs Sophie M Moss
  • 09-02-18

Beautiful story of courage and resilience

Beautiful story of courage and resilience of two women in particular, whose stories are parallel ed and intertwined across time.

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  • dn
  • 08-18-18

So disappointed

I have tried with this book but its not for me. The story is very flowery with unnecessary descriptions. I cannot understand the French accent and this frequently sounds Welsh. I miss the story and have no idea who is who really. Read the first 5 chapters and still cannot get any involvement with characters. After all the advertising I thought this would be good, and I think it may be better actually reading it yourself, but I am not going to bother.I

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  • TheGerberaVan
  • 05-20-18

lovely

what a lovelynstory
beautifully read and so pretty.
I was moved to tears and smiled when our characters did the impossible.
I would happily lounge in a field of flowers with a breeze lightly cooling my shoulders and hear this story again.

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