I received a gifted galley of THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE by Stephanie Dray for an honest review. Thank you to Berkley Publishing Group and Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review!
Publication Date: 3/30/2021
Rating: 4.5 / 5
THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE follows three women from different time periods all of whom have a connection to the ancestral home of the Marquis de Lafayette. We begin following Adrienne in 1774, Lafayette’s wife and partner as her husband fights alongside Americans for independence and sparks revolution in France. In 1914, Beatrice is a socialite from New York with a passion for France. Having seen the war’s impact on France first hand, she works tirelessly to get Americans involved in the name of Lafayette who once helped out Americans fighting for their freedom. Lastly, in 1940 France, Marthe has grown up an orphan and is now working as a teacher in the castle of Lafayette, trying to make a difference in people’s lives against the backdrop of the Nazi occupation.
This book was absolutely fantastic! It is a long one (I looked it up and the audio is going to be 24 hours long when it’s released), but it is so worth every page. The author clearly has done her research into the lives of the historical figures she is writing about had she has brought them to life on the page. Each of these women is strong in their beliefs and their desire to fight for what is right.
The narrative is well balanced, switching back and forth between time periods. While each story does center around war and upheaval and there are of course difficult things to read, I felt really connected to each of our main POV characters and wanted to root for them to come to good outcomes. I didn’t know a lot of the history being covered here around Lafayette, but it definitely held my interest.
I highly recommend this book to fans of historical fiction where you can really immerse yourself in the story and spend some time getting to know strong characters! THE WOMEN OF CHATEAU LAFAYETTE is out today!!