Red Rose Publishing
Ratings: 3 Cups
Christine Kavanagh has enjoyed a privileged childhood on the English estate of Penhallows. Now that she is grown, she is a bit spoiled, but kind-hearted. Although World War II is raging elsewhere, it affects her life minimally.
Clothilde Sanclere was raised by her grandmother in a crumbling chateau in France. Although she felt loved by her grandmother, she was very much alone and did not have a happy childhood. Upon adulthood, Clothilde moves to Paris and works in a clothing shop. When the Germans invade France, she plays a dangerous role in the resistance.
When a distant relative named Helene Picard arrives at Penhallows, life as Christine knows it is about to change. The beautiful Helene catches everyone's eye, including Christine's cousin, Simon. Christine is in love with Simon and is very jealous, even though Christine's Uncle Jack is begging Helene to marry him. Clothilde learns the secrets of her past and longs for love, but not finding it among the many men she becomes intimate with. The lives of these three women are about to collide when secrets are revealed that will change them forever.
Chateau Despair is a deeply moving novel of forgiveness. The characters are very well drawn and unique making the story even more interesting. The turmoil-filled backdrop of England and France during World War II showing the effect of the war on British soldiers and French citizens alike is fascinating. With its multiple twists, turns and story lines, Linda Sole easily kept me hooked.
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