Title: The Women of Chateau Lafayette
Author: Stephanie Dray
Publisher: Berkley
Release Date: March 30, 2021
Pages: 574
Book Source: Netgalley

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.” – Amazon

Kim’s Review


Wow! The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray is a long book rich in details and historical facts. Make sure you have time to really dig into this fantastic piece of Historical Fiction before you crack the cover or start up your eReader.

At first I was a bit overwhelmed by all the people and places since I really don’t know much about France during 1774, but after a few chapters Dray’s style of writing allows the reader to quickly grasp the facts and names of the time period. And Dray’s ability to make the history of all three time periods come alive really is astounding. You can tell that Dray really delves into the subject matter that she writes about, as shown time and time again with her previous historical fiction books that have received lots of recognition.

If you love historical fiction, you’ve probably already read books by Dray, and have this one on your TBR. But even if you don’t read a lot of this genre I would still highly recommend giving The Women of Chateau Lafayette a try since Dray is a master at her craft.


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