The Garden of Lost Secrets
by Kelly Bowen
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Pub Date 16 May 2023 | Archive Date Not set
1940 - Stasia always found comfort in the idyllic French countryside where she spent her childhood summers, roaming the gardens of an old chateau and finding inspiration for fairy tales full of bravery and adventure. But these days are much darker, and with Nazis storming across Europe, she soon finds herself one of the most hunted agents of the Resistance. The only safe haven she can think of is Chateau de Montissaire. But she’s about to discover that it just may be the center of her biggest mission yet.
Present day - When Isabelle purchases a crumbling chateau in Rouen, it’s not just a renovation project—it’s a chance to reconnect with her sister, Emilie, the only family she has left. What she uncovers instead is an intriguing mystery… As the siblings piece together the incredible truth behind the books written by their great-grandmother Stasia, they discover an exciting story of courage in the face of treachery and an explosive secret that will change everything they believed about their family.
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For readers of Kristin Hannah and Kate Quinn, this book is a must read. Set in the French country side prior to WWII, we are introduced to characters both in the present and the past. What connects them is an old chateau that is the crucial to the story. A beautifully written story that describes the bravery of the resistance and the horrors of the war. All this is bought together with two sisters who begin to renovate the chateau and discover who their great grandmother really was.
Thoroughly enjoyable read! I love reading stories of real women who endured the chaos of crisis/war and the strength they provide to other women. Too man brave women’s stories have been lost in time. Highly recommend!
The Garden of Lost Secrets pulled me in immediately and I didn’t lose any of that in my reading.
Gorgeously written story, seamlessly combining WWII historical fiction, and a contemporary setting for a dual timeline tale that I couldn’t get enough of.
❤️ Recommended - with the caveat that you read this when you have the time to sink into it.
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