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Synopsis of the book:

Ellie Carver arrives at her grandmother’s bedside expecting to find her silently slipping away. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. Of a secret past and castle ruins forgotten by time. Of a hidden chapel that served as a rendezvous for the French Resistance in World War II. Of lost love and deep regret . . .

Each piece that unlocks the story seems to unlock part of Ellie too—where she came from and who she is becoming. But her grandmother is quickly disappearing into the shadows of Alzheimer’s and Ellie must act fast if she wants to uncover the truth of her family’s history. Drawn by the mystery surrounding The Sleeping Beauty—a castle so named for Charles Perrault’s beloved fairy tale—Ellie embarks on a journey to France’s Loire Valley in hopes that she can unearth its secrets before time silences them forever.

My review:

I found this story deep and heart wrenching. It makes one wonder about all of the lost stories that would be a testament to human strength if they had actually been passed down. I liked that Ellie was able to retrieve this story before it disappeared from history.

I really liked the sweet chemistry between Quinn and Ellie, but the real story was of Ellie’s grandmother, Vi. It was wonderful story of strength, loyalty, love, and loss. Her story was definitely the most interesting of the three ladies.

Even though the story of Aveline was nice, I didn’t think it was needed in the story line and was left wondering why it got so much attention.

Audio note: I listened to this story in audio format and just loved the narrator. She seamlessly switched between men and women as well as between English, French, and Irish accents. I found it really enjoyable to listen to and easy to make out what character was speaking. Very well done.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

The narration and Grandma Violet’s intriguing story during WW2.

What I didn’t like about this book:

The French revolution timeline which was more backstory for the castle. I thought it wasn’t needed in such great detail.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Definitely for the WW2 portion of the story. Honestly, that made me get choked up and emotional. This is the first book in the series.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Kristy Cambron, author website

-Loraine Nunley


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