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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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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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  • Muggle Mom
  • 30-07-18

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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  • Grace Spradley
  • 24-07-18

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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  • VLR
  • 24-07-18

Captivating

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