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Past has become infinitely complicated filled with secrets and dark passions that threaten to tear them apart Eventually all three women must come to terms with the choices that have defined their lives before during and after the war each with their own uniue share of challenges Written with the devastating emotional power of The Nightingale Sarah’s Key and The Light Between Oceans Jessica Shattuck’s evocative and utterly enthralling novel offers a fresh perspective on one of the most tumultuous periods in history Combining piercing social insight and vivid historical atmosphere The 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 hardshi. I found this to be a dramatic and an uniuely told story that gave me a new understanding and a different perspective on this time period of World War II that I have never experienced before while reading a Historical Fiction novelTHE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by JESSICA SHATTUCK is an intriguing powerful difficult and thought provoking read about the struggles and relationships of three widowed women Their lives and fates become intertwined by a vow that our main character Marianne made to her husband and best friend to find and protect these women and their children if a plan that they were involved in as resistors failedJESSICA SHATTUCK delivers an extremely vivid and well written read here from the perspectives of three interesting and memorable women We follow along their stories from their past and present lives together leaving me feeling frustrated and heartbroken at times I liked each of our main characters eually Marianne Ania and Benita although it did take me a little while to warm up to them but once I did I became fully involved in this story as I learned about them and the history surrounding this time period I must admit though a few times throughout this story I did struggle with some of the historical aspect of this novel as I found the timelines and places a little confusing at times But when I got to Part 2 of this novel it was much easier to follow along with the storyline and all the characters involved I do wish that I was given a little insight and background into some of the information that was given to us in Part 1 of this novel though as I believe I might have been able to enjoy this book a little bit better To sum it all up this was an enjoyable and a very interesting historical fiction novel with a fantastic cover that had me totally engrossed in each of these characters lives As I was learning about these women s challenging personal experiences and contemplating some unimaginable decisions that they made to the heartwarming and satisfying ending Would recommendAll of Brenda s and my reviews can be found on our sister blog

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The Women in the Castle

Three women haunted by the past and the secrets they holdSet at the end of World War II in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined an affecting shocking and ultimately redemptive novel from the author of the New York Times Notable Book The Hazards of Good Breeding Amid the ashes of Nazi Germany’s defeat Marianne von Lingenfels returns to the once grand castle of her husband’s ancestors an imposing stone fortress now fallen into ruin following years of war The widow of a resister murdered in the failed July 20 1944 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler Marianne plans to uphold the promise she made to her husband’s brave conspirators to find and p. 375 ish stars rounded up The Women in the Castle is a riveting novel that hits home with the notion that sometimes it s our shared experiences no matter how horrific rather than our strongly held beliefs or common views of the world that can bind us together and leave a lasting impression Jessica Shattuck takes a different approach with her WWII story opting to relay the devastation through the eyes of three distinct German women Women that stumble and make mistakes along the way like we all do but ultimately strive to find some semblance of a life among the scattered ruins of their bleak existence and the memories of the awful things they witnessed throughout the war not to mention the things they were forced to sacrifice Flat and borderline lifeless it was the pity and heartbreak I felt on behalf of these characters than any sort of likability that kept me interested in their storyAlmost a character in and of itself Burg Ligenfels a remote and decrepit Bavarian castle opens and closes the doors on these women and their journey to peace It all starts with a party in 1938 held at the castle where Marianne s husband Albrecht and her best friend Connie decide it s time to take a stand against Hitler conseuences be damned It s at the same party Marianne vows unbeknownst to them to take care of the wives and children of the resistanceFast forward years after the war and now a widow herself Marianne is taking her role as pseudo resistance mother seriously Despite her determination she only manages to track down Connie s widow Benita and the widow of another resister Ania The three women along with their children settle into Burg Ligenfels and become somewhat of a makeshift family Things aren t easy though their relationships are weighed down by guilt lies and Marianne s unwavering beliefsAs compelling as I found this story to be it wasn t without its faults The author skips huge chunks of time and tries to make up for it by going back and filling in some of the blanks along the way but the delivery is muddled and often confusing There were uite a few times I had to straighten out the timeline in my own head and figure out whose voice which particular chapter pertained to before I could move on Around PART III I felt the story lost a great deal of momentum and teetered on the edge of boring The author gave up the few secrets she held uite easily and too early on making the ending less impactful in my opinion Acceptable and peaceful in some ways but lacking the strong emotional edge I expected from a story of this calibre While I enjoyed this book it didn t come close to dethroning The Nightingale the most remarkable WWII story I have ever read from the mighty pedestal I ve placed it on The women in this story aren t as emotionally adept or as memorable as I found the characters from Sarah s Key to be either For the different take this story provides on WWII I would say it s worth the read and would even go so far to say it s on par with All the Light We Cannot See It s one I m glad I took the time to read but not one I would consider a new favorite in this genre Favorite uote She was her own kind of dreamer a blind mathematician skating along the thin surface of life believing in the saving power of logic reason and information overlooking the whole murky expanse of feeling and animal instinct that was the real driver of human behavior the real author of history Thank you to Bonnier Zaffre and NetGalley for a copy in exchange for an honest review

Jessica Shattuck Ï 4 Read

Rotect their wives her fellow resistance widowsFirst Marianne rescues six year old Martin the son of her dearest childhood friend from a Nazi reeducation home Together they make their way across the smoldering wreckage of their homeland to Berlin where Martin’s mother the beautiful and naive Benita has fallen into the hands of occupying Red Army soldiers Then she locates Ania another resister’s wife and her two boys now refugees languishing in one of the many camps that house the millions displaced by the war As Marianne assembles this makeshift family from the ruins of her husband’s resistance movement she is certain their shared pain and circumstances will hold them together But she uickly discovers that the black and white highly principled world of her privileged. At the end of World War II Marianne von Lingenfels tracks down her childhood friend Connie Flederman s son Martin and his wife Benita Marianne had made Connie a promise to take care of his family if anything happened to him Her husband Albrecht and Connie as well as various others had been a part of a plot to try and assassinate Hitler that fell through leading to their execution Marianne feels responsible after promising her support to Albercht as his wife to take care of the other widows She draws up a list of names to see if anyone else shows up from it which eventually leads to Ania and her two sons coming to join her as well The three women stay at the castle which belonged to Albercht s family The deal with the relocation effort as troops move through Germany and the eventual reconstruction of the country I know a lot of other people enjoyed the book a lot but I just found kind of boring The writing was really good but I couldn t get into the plot Marianne really annoyed me she really could have been much understanding Especially the whole situation with Benita The part that got to me most was view spoiler was when Benita kills herself hide spoiler


10 thoughts on “The Women in the Castle

  1. says:

    Suddenly she saw everything in its harsh naked state She felt the pulse of the lives lived inside the mean little house sh

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    The storytelling grabs you IMMEDIATELY I LOVE ITThis tour de force of historical imagination is set primarily in Germany before during and after WWII focusing on the lives of three women and their children You'll meet Marianne The Commander of the wives and Children Marianne was married to Albreht Von Lingenfels from a long line of revered Ge

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    375 ish stars rounded up The Women in the Castle is a riveting novel that hits home with the notion that sometimes it’s our shared experiences—no matter how horrific—rather than our strongly held beliefs or common views of the world that can bind us together and leave a lasting impression Jessica Shattuck takes a different approach with her WWII story opting to relay the devastation through the eyes of three distinct Germ

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    At the end of World War II Marianne von Lingenfels tracks down her childhood friend Connie Flederman's son Martin and his wife Benita Marianne had made Connie a promise to take care of his family if anything happened to him Her husband Albrecht and Connie as well as various others had been a part of a plot to try and assassinate

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    For all the horror of the official reports she and Albrecht had seen with their language of extermination and elimination they could not come close to conjuring this How could they? There was no point of reference Later such footag

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    I started reading this a couple of days after Holocaust Remembrance Day and on that day I thought about how it should be remembered than on just one day each year This is why I really believe that reading books about WWII and the Holocaust is so important This book certainly made me remember the horrors of what happened during WWII but this was from a perspective that we are not used to reading from The war and what happened to so many loom

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    Captivated initially by the premise and cover but disappointed in the historical detail delivered This book just wasn't what I was hoping for Set at the end of World War II in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society This is the story of Three women haunted by the past and the secrets they hold

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    I found this to be a dramatic and an uniuely told story that gave me a new understanding and a different perspective on this time period of World War II that I have never experienced before while reading a Historical Fiction novelTHE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE by JESSICA SHATTUCK is an intriguing powerful difficult and thought

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    NOW AVAILABLE The Women in the Castle begins with the Prologue at Burg Lingenfels site of a Bavarian Castle The year is 1938 setting a picture of the pre war days the Countess’s famous harvest party is being assembled organized and hosting this party is Marianne von Lingelfels niece in law of the Countess accompanied by her husband Albrech

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    Three women Marianne Benita and Ania from different walks of life but all have one thing in common They have survived the holocaust the plot to