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The Women of Chateau Lafayette

(2021)
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One of Oprahmag.com’s “2021’s Most Anticipated Historical Novels”!

An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy.

 
Most castles are protected by men. This one by women.

A founding mother...

1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband, the Marquis de Lafayette’s political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

A daring visionary...

1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing—not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France firsthand, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what's right.

A reluctant resistor...

1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become.

Intricately woven and powerfully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us.

Genre: Historical

Praise for this book

"A masterful work of historical fiction, enthralling, immersive, and utterly impossible to put down. Stephanie Dray deftly weaves together the lives of three fascinating, courageous women, separated in time but united in their enduring connections to an extraordinary castle in the French countryside." - Jennifer Chiaverini

"If it's the details that bring historical fiction alive, Stephanie Dray has not only painted the most vivid world imaginable, but she has quite nearly created a veritable time machine to the past. The Women of Chateau Lafayette shines with her incredibly meticulous research, and against that masterfully built backdrop, she has placed three extraordinary women, each fighting her own battle in a different war, whose lives are connected in ways that will make your heart soar. You'll be mesmerized by this sprawling, epic, masterful tale of love, heartbreak, strength, and duty, all set across a century and a half of riveting French and American history. The fascinating Author's Note at the end is the final dusting of sugar on this complex, unforgettable French treat." - Kristin Harmel

"Stephanie Dray sparkles and astounds with this compelling and seamlessly woven multigenerational epic about the women who resisted, fought, and sacrificed to protect Lafayette's legacy and our most cherished ideals and institutions. A monumental achievement and truly historical fiction at its finest!" - Laura Kamoie

"Just dazzling! Three women, three wars, one French chateau and a whole lot of heroism: The Women of Chateau Lafayette is quite simply breathtaking in its scope and accomplishment. Prepare to be swept away to France and beyond by a master storyteller." - Natasha Lester

"Vividly told and compelling. The stories of these three splendid women intertwine beautifully into a heart-stopping tale." - Frances Liardet

"Captivating, moving, and utterly unforgettable, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is extraordinary in every aspect. Dray's astounding depth of research and richly drawn characters combine to brilliant effect in this epically breathtaking tale that held me in its grips from the very first page. I didn't just read the interwoven journeys of three remarkable women, I lived and fought and endured alongside them. An absolute must-read!" - Kristina McMorris

"Prepare to be swept away by utterly masterful storytelling. Stephanie Dray's The Women of Chateau Lafayette abounds with wartime intrigue, superb historical detail, and unforgettable women of courage you won't soon forget, nor should you. A captivating page-turner from first word to last." - Susan Meissner

"Stephanie Dray's latest is a masterpiece, braiding three stories into a single tale of courage, humanity, and women triumphing in the face of overwhelming odds. Three heroines with seemingly nothing in common--a French Revolution Founding Mother struggling to preserve her family, a World War I socialite turned passionate activist, and a World War II orphan pulled into the French Resistance--turn out to have everything in common as they struggle through the chaos of three separate wars to forge a united legacy. The Women of Chateau Lafayette is destined to soar!" - Kate Quinn

"This is by far one of the grandest novels I've read in a long time. A masterpiece of historical fiction. Stephanie Dray has created an all-encompassing saga spanning three wars with three unforgettable women at its core. The immense scope of research, so seamlessly infused into Dray's stunning prose, is mind-blowing. I simply can't say enough good things about this brilliant novel." - Renée Rosen

"Impeccably researched and masterfully told... This ode to the strength of women throughout the ages is a tour de force!" - Stephanie Thornton

"A rich and immersive deep dive into three tumultuous eras in French history via the lives of three remarkable women. Despite the strictures of their times and the hardships they face, Stephanie Dray's women of Chateau Lafayette-- the aristocrat, the artist, the orphan-- are testament to the power of the individual to take a stand and shape the course of history. Warning: you'll want desperately to know how it all turns out while wanting just as desperately for none of their stories to end.... And you'll catch yourself thinking about all three women long after the book has been closed." - Lauren Willig


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