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Inspired by a shocking incident in 18th Century colonial America, Lawrence Kraymer, a young entrepreneur from a youthful Philadelphia, chances upon a French aristocrat and his family living on the edge of the frontier. Born to an unwed mother and raised by a disapproving and judgmental grandfather, Lawrence is drawn to the close-knit family. As part of his courtship of one ...more
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Published April 6th 2021 by Wire Gate Press
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Brittany W1114
Jan 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars

“Finding something and losing it too soon was much worse than never having had it in the first place....”

“If the same star could be viewed by two different people, or by the same person in two different places, under entirely different circumstances, was it indeed the same star after all?”

David Loux’s novel builds alongside Lawrence’s chateau to create a sometimes-charming and often-suspenseful narrative dealing with themes of religion, familial relationships, love, marriage, lust,
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D.K. Marley
Aug 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“That’s the way it is, you know – human nature – to keep our secrets until we are forced to expose them.”

Inspired by a shocking incident in eighteenth century America, Château Laux is the story of Lawrence Kraymer, a young entrepreneur from a youthful Philadelphia, who chances upon a French aristocrat and his family living on the edge of the frontier.

Born to an unwed mother and raised by a disapproving and judgmental grandfather, Lawrence is drawn to the close-knit family. As part of his courtsh
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Mark Zvonkovic
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
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This beautiful piece of storytelling set in colonial times that will forever touch a reader’s heart and soul.

Colonial Pennsylvania, 1710 - 1715, Lawrence, a parentless young man who had been frequently demeaned by his grandfather, was rewarded by an inheritance of a prosperous brewery in Philadelphia. He hired a Native American guide to take him hunting in the wild, beyond the small farms and homesteads just on the fringes of the civilized world. When the guide decided to travel deeper into the
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Mark Zvonkovic
Mar 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This beautiful piece of storytelling set in colonial times that will forever touch a reader’s heart and soul.

Colonial Pennsylvania, 1710 - 1715, Lawrence, a parentless young man who had been frequently demeaned by his grandfather, was rewarded by an inheritance of a prosperous brewery in Philadelphia. He hired a Native American guide to take him hunting in the wild, beyond the small farms and homesteads just on the fringes of the civilized world. When the guide decided to travel deeper into the
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Mary Yarde
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition



“All by itself, a house—however grand—is only an empty space. It is the person who counts. A man is destined to fill his home to whatever fullness it represents. It takes a big man to fill a big house and an even bigger man to fill a château. Oui, monsieur, I think this is the answer that I have for you…”

Lawrence Kraymer’s life has not been one of ease and convenience, but one where no love was lost between him and the grandfather who raised him. While it was his grandfather who built up the bre
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Liz Walker
I found the story disjointed, with scenes that seemed to add nothing to the development of either storyline or character.
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We are proud to announce that CHATEAU LAUX by David Loux is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!
Barbara Stark-Nemon
This enchanting novel absorbs, entertains, and instructs as all good historical fiction must. Loux's fine plotting, beautiful evocation of colonial Pennsylvania, and sometimes dreamy exploration of the humanity in highs and lows of life make Chateau Laux a special treat. ...more
Kristy L
Jul 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chateau Laux is eloquently written by David Loux, in a style that allows the reader to visualize the scene in his/her mind. The historical background is precise and intriguingly presented. The story holds the reader's attention and entices you to keep reading. I look forward to the sequel. ...more
Jerri Jarvis
This historical, family saga takes place in pre-Revolutionary War Pennsylvania. But the story really begins 20+ years before in France where the family patriarch Pierre Laux, a French aristocrat, is forced to flee to America and make a new life on his own. He settles in the western Pennsylvania frontier wilderness, and carves out a prosperous farm, along with a large close-knit family. Lawrence Kraymer is a young wealthy owner of a successful brewery in Philadelphia. He stumbles upon the Laux ho ...more
Freydont
May 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes, but not often, you just must rave about a novel. Chateau Laux by David Loux is just such a novel. The prose is elegantly straightforward; the characters are portrayed with sensitivity and insight; the plot is compelling and evolves with turns of incident, place, and increasing poignancy; the description of Eighteenth-Century Pennsylvania has a dreamy familiarity to it. On top of that, the story is filled with adventure and wisdom. I’m always a draw to stories connected to the Cathars, ...more
Barbara
May 27, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is not often that one comes across a contemporary novel (or novelist) who will be remembered as on of the classics but Chateau Laux and author David Loux are among the rare ones whom history will place among the great ones. The story is elegant, albeit disturbing at times, the characters are so well developed that you would recognize any one of them if they walked into the room, and the prose is poetic. I highly recommend this book and moreover, that you retain it on your shelf because you'll ...more
Janet
Apr 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book so much, from start to finish. There were times of trepidation, when I could feel the upcoming pain and tragedy on the horizon and wasn't sure I wanted to know what happened. But I was so glad I continued. Overall I enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing their perseverance. Knowing it was based on real people and events added even more to the experience. ...more
Sue Duits
May 05, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chateau Laux was beautifully written. Love, tragedy, pain, suspense...this book had it all and I couldn’t put it down. It was so beautifully written that I could almost insert myself into this 18th century true story.
Catherine Felt
Apr 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a compelling read from start to finish.
I couldn’t put the book down, and read it in a day. The characters drew me in and the story was rich in historical drama. Beautifully written!
Dean McIntyre
Apr 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
CHATEAU LAUX by David Loux (Wire Gate Press, 2021) is inspired by an actual tragic event in the author's family history from 18th century Colonial America. Lawrence, a young entrepreneurial brewery owner from Philadelphia goes on a trip north to New York and encounters a French aristocratic family living on the frontier. The warm and affirming nature of the family is a sharp contrast to the abusive grandfather and unwed mother who raised him in France. He becomes engaged to one of the family's d ...more
Emily
Jun 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book through the GoodReads First Reads giveaways.

As a fan of historical fiction, I really enjoyed Chateau Laux. The novel to me was a journey of finding one's true self. Lawrence Kraymer, raised by his grandfather after his mother died, spends his youth trying to find his place in this world. After a journey into the unknown forest of the new territory Lawrence stumbles upon the Laux homestead while in search of shelter and this moment changes his life forever. La
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Heather
Oct 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I want to thank Netgalley and the author for gifting me the ebook. Highly recommend. What a really fun read! I think it is a good pick for Halloween Month 🎃!
Nae
Nov 27, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little tricky to follow at times, but all in all a very satisfying read.
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David Loux is a short story writer, who has published under a pseudonym and served as past board member of California Poets in the Schools. Chateau Laux is his first novel. He lives in the eastern Sierra with his wife, Lynn.

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