The Women in the Castle

The Women in the Castle

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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a--The Nightingale, Sarah's KeyThe Women in the Castle is a dramatic yet nuanced portrait of war and its repercussions that explores what it means to survive, love, and, ultimately, to forgive in the wake of unimaginable hardship.
Publisher: New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780062563682
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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archreads Jul 18, 2017

This historical fiction novel follows three women in Germany before, during and after WWII.
It is a riveting and intriguing approach to the war.

A new perspective on World War II where we see that all Germans did not condone Hitler’s plans. The discovery of a plot to assassinate Hitler results in three widows and a makeshift family that returns to a once grand castle and fights to survive.

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Sep 16, 2017

Emotion story of survival of the women left behind in Germany in WWII.

Sep 13, 2017

Thought provoking tale from the perspective of 3 different women before, during, and after World War II. This might lead to musings on how evil is allowed to flourish when there are good people all around.

Sep 12, 2017

Highly recommended. Should be required reading for high school students to shed light on the impact of of the horror of war. While this is a work of fiction it gives a snapshot of three women's lives but actually could of been the lives of millions of everyday Germans. Germany from the fall of the Holy Roman Empire up until the start of the Great War was the envy of Europe. After a humiliating defeat in that war, the German people (most) welcomed an unknown Austrian with open arms under his mantra,"Make Germany Great Again". The rest is history. We study history to to learn the mistakes from the past as not to repeat them again. Sadly that horse is out of the gate.

Aug 27, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this well written read. It kept my interest throughout.

ontherideau Aug 24, 2017

This story peers into the eyes of Nazi mindset ugliness. It's a wonder Germany was able to recover.

Aug 15, 2017

A very interesting story and a fairly well-written novel. I especially enjoyed the various approaches to the moral dilemmas and shifting values of a defeated people facing the extreme hardships of the time immediately following WWII in Germany and the juxstaposition of those fiercley driven to remember while others were desperate to forget. I found much of the closing chapters of the book superfluous and there was an almost grinding effort to tie up every loose end and complete the stories of even the long-forgotten minor characters. Sometimes people just fall away from life's narrative. Sometimes things are better left to the readers' imaginations.

Aug 08, 2017

This was a five star book, up until the last section. I found the perspective from the German widows surviving the aftermath of WWII to be very interesting. I thought the author wove past and present into the plot and character development quite well. The final section of the book seemed to slow down a bit, but was still a satisfying read.

Aug 07, 2017

This book was really good up to half way then it curtailed down. The story characters seemed very detached and story line was predictable.

Aug 01, 2017

Great story. The life of 3 women/mothers during WWII. I thoroughly enjoyed the personalities and narration of each woman and found myself wanting more, which lead to a page-turner. I also enjoyed that it followed this women through many decades. Descriptive storytelling made you imagine this castle and wanting to tour it yourself. This would make a great addition to a book-club.

Jul 21, 2017

One of my favorite books of the year so far. Marianne, whose husband is involved in the failed plot to kill Hitler tells her to take care of the loved ones of the co-conspirators. Though Marianne would rather have been more involved with the plot, she promises and follows through on her promise with zealous single-mindedness. I disagree with the Library Journal review that says readers are confused by the changing narrators. Not at all. It was easy to follow and is a unique story of women's survival during the war. Though all the women may not be what they seem to be, each does what is necessary for herself and her children. Highly recommended.

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