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The Women of Chateau Lafayette

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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 in three of humanity's darkest hours

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


A founding mother...
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband'
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Kindle Edition, 574 pages
Published March 30th 2021
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Kate Quinn
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is bold, exciting historical fiction: not a steady biographical march along a timeline in the past, but an imaginative splicing of three historical time periods linked by place (a French castle) and theme (the centuries-long fight for democratic ideals). Our heroines are a WWII schoolteacher turned resistance fighter, a WWI socialite turned diplomatic powerhouse, and a French revolutionary turned American Founding Mother, all linked by the home and legacy of America's favorite fighting Fren ...more
Thomas
May 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 solid stars for an absorbing historical fiction book.
This is a fairly long book, at 564 pages. It is set in 3 time periods in France: 1776-1807, 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. Most of the book takes place at the Chateau Lafayette in France.
There are 3 women portrayed:
Adrienne, wife of Lafayette
Beatrice, whose wealthy husband purchases the decrepit Chateau for her
Marthe, a fictional composite character based on orphans housed at the Chateau by Beatrice which she turns into an orphanage/school/medical
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Kerrin P
The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray is a sweeping story about three women who guarded the Chavaniac castle where Gilbert du Motier, better known as the Marquis de Lafayette, was born on September 6, 1757. While the stories about each woman could have easily been the subject of its own novel, Dray expertly weaves them together to show the reader how the “spirit of Lafayette” inspired each of them.

Adrienne de Noailles was only 14 years old when she wed the 17-year-old Lafayette in 177
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Madison Warner Fairbanks
The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray
Historical women’s fiction. Fictionalized but based on historical facts.
This story follows three separate timelines, around three different wars, and the women connected to the Chateau.
It’s dramatic. It’s heartbreaking. It’s tragic. It’s history.
A touch of hope and independence with the strength of several determined women.

The interwoven and similar stories make it difficult at times to remember where we are as each progresses. War. Why is ther
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Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
Behind Every good man is a good woman, they say. However, what the saying should often say is next to every good man is often a good woman and, in Stephanie Dray's book, The Women of Chateau Lafayette, we met three of the most diligent, faithful, and courageous women one would care to meet. Brilliantly written with exhaustive research this book will make you keenly aware of the lengths and depths women went to work for freedom, deliverance, and a world where salvation and the right to life is on ...more
Susan Meissner
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Brilliantly executed and unforgettable. I loved it!
Renee Rosen
Oct 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This one deserves 6 stars or more. Seriously!! This is a masterpiece of historical fiction. And I don't say that lightly. 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. ...more
Pam Jenoff
Mar 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This remarkable book connects the lives of three women across centuries, from the American Revolution to The Great War to World War II, through an elegant and historic French castle. The latest by epic historical fiction writer Stephanie Dray is out Tuesday -- do not miss it!
Jenn
Oct 23, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be perfectly honest if I hadn't recieved this book as an ARC I'm not sure I would have finished it. And it is a really great historical fiction/ biography of a couple of women from history. Unfortunately more often than not the historical stories that people are intrigued by and want to read about involve scandal. Two of the three storylines involve infidelity and the third story (the only one that was true fiction and could have been anything the author wanted) was the worst: an engaged woma ...more
SueK
Nov 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: net-galley
This felt like a really, really long book. It was interesting, but for some reason, very difficult to keep straight the three women of the three time periods. I almost wish I’d read the authors notes at the end before I read the book, as it outlined each woman separately, giving some chronology to their experiences, rather than flipping back and forth between women and time periods constantly.

I was most interested in Adrienne LaFayette., and, as mentioned, the author’s notes really filled her i
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Amanda Hupe
Mar 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2021-reads
Thank you to Berkley Books, Stephanie Dray, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book!

Adrienne Lafayette: 1774
Beatrice Chanler: 1914
Marthe Simone: 1940

Extraordinary women in extraordinary times. The Women of Chateau Lafayette by Stephanie Dray intertwines the stories of Adrienne, Beatrice, and Marthe and their connection to one place. Everyone knows of the Marquis de Lafayette…dare I say it… “The Lancelot of the Revolutionary set!” I can’t promise that will be my only Hamilton referenc
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MicheleReader
Mar 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If your knowledge of the Marquis de Lafayette starts and ends with the musical phenomenon Hamilton, you’re going to be thoroughly enlightened and engaged.

The Women of Chateau Lafayette spans three time periods and three wars. It focuses on three powerful women who demonstrated independence, bravery and love – Adrienne de Noailles, wife of the Marquis de Lafayette, Beatrice Astor Chanler and Marthe Simone. The main setting for this sweeping story is Chateau de Chavaniac, the ancestral home of Gil
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Natasha Lester
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.
Bonnie DeMoss
This fascinating multi-timeline saga follows three women in three different war periods in France - Adrienne Lafayette in the French Revolution, Beatrice Chanler during World War I, and Marthe during World War II. All three storylines are connected to the Chateau Lafayette in France. All three stories are fascinating, but I am particularly interested in the French Revolution right now, and Adrienne's Lafayette's story was captivating.

This is a rich saga about three strong women embroiled in th
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Darlene Karalash
Three historical fiction novels for the price of one!
It took me a long time to read this triple-timelines narrative!
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Because each story is set during a tumultuous era (French Revolution, WWI, WWII), and the main characters are always in the thick of the chaos, I found it challenging to sustain this emotional intensity, and I required many intermissions from the fervency. In the end, I learned so much about these
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RoseMary Achey
Dual and tripple time-line books are my favorite read however The Women of Chateau Lafayette was a bit difficult for me to get through. This triple time piece could have easily been three separate novels. I felt separating the three story lines would have produced a more enjoyable, less confusing read. Certainly a shorter more cohesive novel.
Andrea
Feb 02, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The setting: "an epic saga." Historical fiction about Chateau Chavaniac-Lafayette.

Billed as:
"Intricately woven and beautifully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we find from standing together in honor of those who came before us"

Three MAIN story lines involving the castle and the efforts of three women to support the fronts.

Adrienne Lafayette, a "
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Claudia
Nov 09, 2020 rated it liked it
In the author's note she stated that she wanted to tell the story of Adrienne Lafayette. In her research she learned interesting information about Lafayette's house and how it was later used as a children's hospital / orphanage, so the author added two more storylines to this novel. In my opinion, she should have focused only on Lafayette. I enjoyed Adrienne's story which unfortunately became muddled by the other extraneous plots.
I did not like either of the other two storylines, one of which t
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Literary Redhead
Stephanie Dray writes thrilling historical fiction, and The Women of Chateau Lafayette is no exception. Readers get a look at life in what Dray calls Lafayette’s “fortress of freedom” during three gripping eras: the French Revolution, WWI and WWII, focusing on courageous women from each period and their stirring legacies. HF lovers, don’t miss this!

Pub Date 30 Mar 2021

Thanks to the author, Berkley Publishing Group, and for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

#TheWomenofChateauLafayette #NetGalle
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The Lit Bitch
Apr 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been long awaited. It’s been on so many ‘most anticipated’ lists and receiving a ton of hype which normally would make me a little wary, but not going to lie, I have been excited for this one since I participated in the cover revel last spring! The cover plus the multigenerational story of a stunning French chateau sounded too promising to pass up.

I also read Stephanie Dray’s, My Dear Hamilton , a couple of years ago and was impressed with Dray’s historical research and writing. Dr
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Laura • lauralovestoread
I loved that this book included three women from three different parts of history to tell this epic story. Historical Fiction is such a beautiful genre, and the writing truly was every Historical Fiction lovers dream.

For me, I just got lost in so many details, and the three time periods and characters got confusing. I probably should’ve opted to listen to the audiobook, considering the size. Only later (because I always want to avoid spoilers), did I read the authors note where it detailed the
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Stephanie Thornton
Impeccably researched and masterfully told, Stephanie Dray has expertly woven together the lives of three courageous women who survive devastating revolutions and harrowing world wars. This ode to the strength of women throughout the ages is a tour de force!
Marci Colyer
Book 9 of 2021:It was very intriguing at times, but difficult for me to plow through. Might have just been me. Sometimes I’m in the mood, sometimes not so much. It is about an orphanage run during the war in France and three different generations surrounding this facility. It’s a historical fiction novel and I’m always interested in war, history, and orphanages. Well, relationships too. This one hit on the ups and downs of multi generation relationships, too. It took me all month. I’m behind now ...more
Christy
I really want to like this book. The premise is so good, and clearly other readers really love it! I have read more of this than I do some books I'm not enjoying, but I just can't get into the story or the characters. I just have so many books to read, and I can't finish ones that I'm not enjoying.But, like I said, I am in the minority, so you may love it. ...more
Kim
Bravo, Stephanie Dray! The Women of Chateau Lafayette gets 5+ brilliant stars from me. I absolutely loved all three courageous heroines whose stories were so expertly interwoven by the author. I’m fascinated to learn that much of the novel is based on the real lives of Adrienne Lafayette and Beatrice Chanler while the third heroine’s (Marthe) portrayal rings true to life. I cheered for these women, felt their heartache and grief and experienced their joys, loves and triumphs. Though it is a long ...more
Literary Redhead
Stephanie Dray writes thrilling historical fiction, and The Women of Chateau Lafayette is no exception. Readers get a look at life in what Dray calls Lafayette’s “fortress of freedom” during three gripping eras: the French Revolution, WWI and WWII, focusing on courageous women from each period and their stirring legacies. HF lovers, don’t miss this!

Pub Date 30 Mar 2021

Thanks to the author, Berkley Publishing Group, and for the review copy. Opinions are mine.

#TheWomenofChateauLafayette #NetGalle
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J'nell Ciesielski
Stephanie Dray is the best. Her ability to spin a story of love, longing, history, legacy, and determination is astounding, but her ability to do it for three stories in one is beyond masterful. After reading My Dear Hamilton I was soo excited to learn she was doing a story for Lafayette's wife, Adrienne and it did not disappoint. Beatrice was a force to be reckoned with, and Marthe certainly had her own part to plan in Lafayette's legacy. All the stars! ...more
Bridget O'Toole
Jul 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*work perk*
Doreen
Mar 30, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This historical novel chronicles the lives of three women in three different time periods who are connected to Lafayette’s ancestral home in France.

In the 1770s, Adrienne de Noailles marries Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette who fights for American independence and sparks the French Revolution. While her husband is often away from home, she raises the children and unfailingly supports him and his battles for freedom and justice, even if she has to risk her life to do so.

Beatrice Astor Ch
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Laura Kamoie
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled to get to read this early and to provide this quote for my friend and co-author's wonderful solo novel:

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!
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STEPHANIE DRAY is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. She lives with her husband, cats, and history books.

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