March 30, 2021

Kate/Olivia – The Women of Chateau Lafayette

The Women of Chateau Lafayette

by Stephanie Dray

Publication date: March 30, 2021 by Berkley/Penguin Random house

Genre: Historical Fiction

Rating : Kate 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ , Olivia 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

ABOUT THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE by Stephanie Dray

A founding mother…
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband’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 choose to 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 Astor 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 and delivering war-relief over dangerous seas, 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 beautifully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we find from standing together in honor of those who came before us.

Kate’s Thoughts on The Women of Chateau Lafayette

WOW! This is every bit the sweeping epic that it has been advertised as. Dray delivers three powerful women who compel the reader to live, love, rebel, defy and succeed right along with them. The author could easily have separated these three narratives into separate books. By combining them though Dray is able to use the Chateau as the symbolic nucleus for the story. Adrienne and Beatrice’s stories are by far the strongest out of the three. Each character’s personality is distinctly different from the other which is oftentimes not the case when an author uses multiple perspectives. The strength exuded by each woman is a testament to the strength that we are all capable of in times of need. Yes the book is long but it is an utterly compelling read. Anyone who loves strong female characters, well researched historical fiction, and books that shed light on otherwise unknown or forgotten women in history will love this book.

I received a copy of this title via NetGalley and the publisher Berkley/Penguin Random House. 

Olivia’s Thoughts on The Women of Chateau Lafayette

It was a long book, but so worth it. I stayed up till 1:30 in the morning trying to finish it until I just couldn’t keep my eyes open anymore. I love books with strong women characters and each one was a force to be reckoned with in their own time and circumstances. Courageous and true to their beliefs it was wonderful to read about their part of history.

I was fascinated by Adrienne Lafayette’s story to the point where I was almost sorry when it switched to the other women’s stories. She was an amazing woman and the partnership and devotion between her and Lafayette was truly remarkable.

This was the first book I’ve read by Stephanie Dray and it won’t be the last.

Thank you to #edelweiss, #StephanieDray and #Berkley for allowing me to read this book. I received an advance copy and I share this review voluntarily
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