The Scene: Lamorlaye, France
The Time: WWII and 2001
The Story: A castle in Lamorlaye that is being occupied by the Nazis is being quickly evacuated. One young girl sneaks away with precious cargo, but does she make it off the castle grounds without being caught? Years later in 2001, an American architect named Becker arrives at the castle to start a huge renovation. Among those he meets are the interior designer, Therese, the client and his family, the Fallons, the Fallon’s nanny Jade, and a mysterious squatter named Jojo who lives in the gatehouse. What is the history of the castle and who, or what, is making all that noise at night? Becker finds the answers to those questions and more in the 11 weeks he spends working on the old castle.
The Review: I loved this book! I chose Tangled Ashes to review because it sounded like a book right up my alley. WWII, France, castles, a little bit of mystery. All the things I like wrapped up into one book. Having never heard of the author Michele Phoenix before I was a bit wary as to how the story would play out but I have to say, my worries weren’t warranted. The book is amazing. It’s written in such a way that you have to keep reading. You start out in the WWII years and the author brilliantly takes you up to a point where you’re not sure just what’s going to happen, Chapter One starts and boom, you’re in the present! Talk about cliff-hanger. The book goes back and forth between WWII and present day, but it’s not done in such a way that it’s confusing at all. WWII chapters are written in italics so that helps but also, you’re not taken back and forth within one chapter (not until the last chapters anyway, but by then it makes sense to do it like that). All-in-all, a really good book. It only took me a couple days to read, and that’s with three small children running around! If you like historical fiction and mystery, give Tangled Ashes by Michele Phoenix a try. I hope you love it as much as I do!
Oh, and one more thing before I go. The author has photos of the actual location(s) in the book on her website. If you want to look at them, click over here. I can tell you, I got goosebumps and tears just looking at them! It’s beautiful!
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Handlebar in exchange for an honest review.