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To My Daughter in France

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  538 Ratings  ·  40 Reviews
An epic tale of impossible love, of families torn apart and a whole world of hidden secrets—"And to my daughter in France, I bequeath the remainder of my Estate." These words, read from the will of Irish academic Richard Kirwan, come as a complete surprise to his grieving family. Solange de Valnay's perfectly ordered world is shattered when she discovers the identity of he ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published August 7th 2003 by Random House UK (first published 2002)
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Tea Jovanović
May 10, 2013 Tea Jovanović rated it it was amazing
Lepa, dirljiva, topla, ljudska priča... o ljudskim sudbinama i porodičnim tajnama... Napisana u "četiri ruke", tj. napisale su je dve setre koje u stvarnom životu ne žive u istoj državi...
Ne
Dec 09, 2011 Ne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A capa não nos revela nada, por isso o conteúdo deste livro vais nos espantar pela sua simplicidade, mas ao mesmo tempo pela sua profundidade.
Tem um vasto leque de personagens e cada uma vai nos contar à sua maneira a sua história, tanto no Passado como no Presente.
As mais presentes são Eleanor e Solange, as duas meias-irmãs, tão distintas uma da outra, apenas com o pai e a descoberta de toda a história familiar em comum. Estas estão rodeadas por um inúmero número de amigos e pessoas que as amam
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Tatiana
Oct 18, 2015 Tatiana rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who enjoy subjects as 2nd WW
Shelves: favorites
“To My Daughter in France” is a romance written by the sisters Barbara and Stephanie Keating. It starts with a unexpected testament and tells the story of two different families. The narrated events happen in two distinct times: the present, in the 70’s, and in the past, during the 2nd World War. This book is about forbidden passions, sacrifices made for love and courage. Places as Ireland, France and the Connemara’s coast are mentioned.

I completely loved the moments related with the detentions
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Margaret
Mar 23, 2014 Margaret rated it liked it
Busily involved as we are in moving house, moving countries (France to UK), this book, billed as a 'perfect holiday read' seemed a nice, non-demanding choice. A father's will reveals to his children that they have a previously unknown half-sister in France. The half-sister, Solange is equally shocked by this knowledge. So far so good. But soon we get to hear the father's history and that of his friends, all Resistance workers, as the book switches between 1970s Ireland and France and war-torn Fr ...more
Helena
Oct 17, 2014 Helena rated it it was ok
Ik had dit boek al zo lang op mijn verlanglijstje staan dat ik me niet meer kon herinneren waarom ik het zo graag wilde lezen en nu ik het uit heb, weet ik het eigenlijk nog steeds niet want dit is absoluut niet mijn soort boek.

Het begon met een heel interessant uitgangspunt en een tijdlang las ik met het idee dat het een karakterstudie zou worden over de getroffen personen en hoe zij met deze tijding om zouden gaan.

Helaas kreeg ik allengs het gevoel in een nodeloos dikke kasteelroman verzeild g
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Georgette Ioannitca
Oct 25, 2015 Georgette Ioannitca rated it really liked it
Ωραίο και τρυφερό βιβλίο με ολοκληρωμένους χαρακτήρες και μια πλοκή που δεν σε κουράζει καθόλου και χωρίς επαναλήψεις.Ταξιδεύεις σε μια άλλη εποχή διαφορετική και σε μια άλλη χώρα και που με τις αναφορές στο παρελθόν και μάλιστα σε γεγονότα που έγιναν κατά την περίοδο της κατοχής στο Παρίσι,παρ'όλο που σε λυπούν,σε κρατούν σε αγωνία μέχρι το τέλος,παράλληλα με την ιστορία δύο οικογενειών και τις αναζητήσεις τους,το καθιστούν ένα όμορφο ανάγνωσμα.
Jessica Pappa
Oct 15, 2015 Jessica Pappa rated it it was amazing
now one of my favorites...so sad...so painfull... so true...we must never be away from those we love....we must be honest to them and to ourselves... we should understand how lucky we are to live in countries that are not at war....the past has been awful and i hope the future can be written in peace.
Ana Filipa
Desde o início que a história captou a minha total e afectuosa atenção.
Passado sob os focos e o rescaldo da Segunda Guerra Mundial, este romance transporta-nos para o seio de duas famílias tão distintas, no que respeita à sua cultura, mas tão iguais entre si, ligadas pelo passado e por uma devastadora revelação.
Richard, Helena e Celine são as três personagens que dão vida à história, embora existam ainda outras como Stefan, Leah, Seamus, Charlotte...sendo que todas elas têm a sua pequenina histó
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Juliet
Feb 01, 2015 Juliet rated it it was ok
Far too long,both overall and in some sections, but still with rushed conclusions. I liked the characters, I was reasonably interested in the story - but I did pause for a good few days at one point because I was bored. Also I saw practically all the twists coming. Readable but not recommended.
Ria
Oct 10, 2008 Ria rated it it was amazing
My mother and aunt introduced me to this book while I was visiting them in South Africa this past August. My mother remembered it as "A letter to my daughter in France". I snatched it off their bookshelf and read it in one sitting, refusing to go out all day as I was so absorbed in this story. A hopeless Francophile, I was already hooked just by the title, but this is truly a moving story. A tiny little bit Harlequinish, it nevertheless is the kind of wonderful read one can only hope for and so ...more
Dymphie
Jan 05, 2014 Dymphie rated it really liked it
Zo'n onverwachte uitspraak in een testament zet zoals verwacht kan worden een heleboel zaken in gang.
Langzaam ontwikkelt het verhaal zich, deels spelend on 1970, deels tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog, deels in Ierland deels in Frankrijk.
Goede beschrijving van de ontreddering van overlevenden en hoe moeilijk het is verder te leven.
Er zijn misschien wat al te veel toevalligheden, maar toch achter elkaar uitgelezen.
Marina
Mar 22, 2014 Marina rated it really liked it
In een adem uitgelezen. Het einde voorspelbaar, maar voor romantische zielen zeker een aanrader.
Susan
Sep 04, 2008 Susan rated it really liked it
Hmmm... I like this book, though at times it reads a bit like a soap opera. The characters were not as fully developed as they could or should be in order to appreciate and accept their feelings and actions... The authors definitely tried to capture the complex nature of experiencing something so appalling as a holocaust and how that affects our ability to relate with people (as well as specific relationships).

Compelling - I kept reading.

In a nutshell, for those interested: characters are Irish
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Pauline
May 22, 2015 Pauline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice, easy to read book.
Nathalie Bakelandt
Adembenemend verhaal vol liefde en tragedie. Het verhaal speelt zich over verschillende periodes af. Een deel oorlogsgeschiedenis die zoveel moed, drama aanbiedt. Een deel het verhaal van een gezin die door het overlijden van hun vader te horen krijgt dat er nog een dochter is in Frankrijk. Doorheen het boek vloeit de geschiedenis van het verleden naar het heden toe. Op het einde ben je volledig verweven in het verhaal. Vlotte vertelstijl, blij dat ik uit de boekenstapel plots dit boek ter hand ...more
Lie
Aug 16, 2016 Lie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: keating
Goed gestructureerd boek, leert je veel over W.O.II
Gonçalo Almeida
Sep 01, 2014 Gonçalo Almeida rated it liked it
Livro levezinho que se lê bastante bem.
Jen
Feb 11, 2010 Jen rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this book. The book starts off with a family reading of their father's will. They discover their father had another child in France. The story then moves between present time with the family working to put the pieces together and WWII France. I will never know what it must have been like to experience those horrors, but I can't imagine getting any closer to understanding than through the words of a book.
Linndyloo
Jul 13, 2010 Linndyloo rated it it was amazing
January: Finished and loved it. Found the romance, suspense and action compelling. Strangely, of all the novels I've read dealing with the holocaust this is the one in which the idea of camp internees being made to stand naked in freezing conditions has had the most profound effect on me. Maybe its because London is swathed in snow?! Perhaps the ending was a little predictable but as a sucker for a happy ending I found it very satisfying.
Shayne
May 03, 2013 Shayne rated it really liked it
Having read the Blood Sisters Trilogy by the Keating sisters, I was eager to read this too. I love their style of writing and how they manage to pull you into their novels so that it feels like you are right there.

This book did not disappoint. Set in 1970 and the during WW2, it goes back and forth, yet never loses the reader. beautifully written and set in the vineyards in France and the seaside of Dublin. Go and get it now!
Josien
Apr 29, 2014 Josien rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
Aangeraden door Marina

Barok geschreven romantische vertelling deels spelend in 1970, deels tijdens de 2e wereldoorlog, deels in Frankrijk, deels in Ierland. Alle hoofdrolspelers hebben een brave inborst, goede bedoelingen en een warm hart. Indien zonder verdere pretenties een ontspannen tussendoortje.
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Amanda Patterson
Aug 21, 2011 Amanda Patterson rated it did not like it
Helen, the wife of the Irish academic, Richard Kirwin, is struck by grief and surprise when her father’s will is read. He had a secret love child in France.
Solange de Valnay, his French daghter, is shattered and tries to conceal the truth from Henri, the father she loves.
The story plays out in Ireland and France and includes four families and too many generations. I lost interest somewhere along the ill-plotted tale.
Kay Paku
Mar 22, 2015 Kay Paku rated it really liked it
Fantastic read. Draws you in from the very first page and holds you till the very last. Barbara and Stephanie Keating write seamlessly as one, with the added dimension of surprise - you can imagine them surprising one another with new twists and turns to be built upon. The result is a delightful and emotive journey through wartime and modern day France and Ireland.
Mya
Aug 06, 2011 Mya added it
I really enjoyed this book to start with (don't be deceived by the horrible cover) but towards the very end it became a bit airy fairy and repetitive.



That said, it's still good. A well told story about two generations of two families, one Irish, the other French, and their friends told in parallel.
Natalia
Feb 13, 2008 Natalia rated it really liked it
I was living in France when I saw this book at W.H. Smith...so of course I had to pick it up and read it. It was a few years back that I read this but the story touched me. It was well written and had the right touch of romance, action, suspense!
Gwynn White
Jan 30, 2012 Gwynn White rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, chick-lit
I think I will just take a break from this one. I am 60 or so pages in and it hasn't gripped me enough to carry on. Too many other really absorbing books came along and tipped it off the bedside table. Maybe another day.
Jenrush
Feb 02, 2010 Jenrush rated it it was amazing
After reading Blood Sisters and Durable Fire I craved to read another Keating book and ordered this on-line. So awesome! Great story set during the French Resistance movement of WWII. Such a lovely story.
Pattie
Oct 27, 2008 Pattie rated it really liked it
It was a good read although a tad predictable at the end. A tender and sad at times fictional story of adult children learning details of their parents lives in war-time Paris.
Niels Broerse
May 09, 2016 Niels Broerse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het boek geeft goed aan wat voor een gevolgen WOII heeft voor de latere generaties. Verhaallijn blijft boeien tot en met de laatste hoofdstukken!
Mollie Anne
Aug 04, 2012 Mollie Anne rated it really liked it
I loved this book, I enjoyed how it moved about in years, looking at a situation from different characters points of view. A read again book!
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