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The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay
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Mar 09, 2012

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It is the 1860's in the old city of Paris and houses and districts are being plowed under per orders of Emperor Napoleon III to change Paris into a more modern city. We get a brief glimpse into a historical time in Paris in this factually correct novel. A widow who occupies one of the family homes decides stubbornly she will never leave the home of her late husband's family and while awaiting the inevitable destruction she writes letters to her late husband revealing secrets of their life together. At times the story is far too dramatic; the reader wonders why Rose considers this house more valuable than her own life, her daughter, and a new life she could obviously make.
Another thing I found amusing is that throughout the novel, this main character is described as a very old woman and considered as such by people who befriend her. At the end of the book we learn she is 59 years old!!!!! I will give this 2 1/2 stars..............and, I do not consider 59 years as very old......

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