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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. 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 German Generals who wanted to help bring Hitler to the court of law with the support of the outside world Connie Fledermann from an old once rich junker family was another character you ll meet early in this story My image of this great man never ever left me Still hasn t I credit author Jessica Shattuck for this powerful memory achievement With very few words she kept a character alive for me who dies early through the rest of her storytelling Connie and Albreht had spent a few years working together assisting victims of the national Socialists Jews who wanted to emigrate imprisoned Communists artists whose work were banned Both men Albreht and Connie friends with a purposeunderstood how the world saw their countryand were shameful to be associated with Germany this way But it was Connie who had given up on the law he was a believer in direct action He felt it was his duty to actively work to defeat Hitler Marriane was married to Albreht They had 3 children Fritz Elizabeth and KatharineConnie was Marianne s oldest friend Connie held Marianne in the highest regard his sternest advisorthe person who keeps him most honest Sometimes I was sad that he and Marianne never married silly thought I guess but I really admired and felt the depths of their malefemale friendship Powerful special beautiful and cut short Connie and Albreht both were hung in the war The Prologue in The Women in The Castle is sooooooo good I read it 3 times The 3rd time I read it was after I finished the entire story I ve been so tempted to include in excerpt I like so much from the prologue I ve debated and debated but have chosen not toobut I felt it was very special and literally sprinkled love honor dignity and purpose throughout the rest of the novel Marianne was raised to value education than domesticity Not particularly a knockout beauty but she was part of the men s conversations Marianne was the last man standing Men trusted and respected who she was Had Marianne been a man she would have been killed too Benita was younger physically beautifulwith no interest in politics Connie once told Marriane that Benita is a simple girl and she won t deserve whatever mess I might drag her into Connie asked Marianne to promise to look after Benita and their not yet born child if anything should happen to him Martin Constantine Flederman was Connie and Benita s child His name was changed to Martin Schmidtas all the children of the war were good ordinary German names Marianne could never have predicted years ago just how much she would be involved with watching over Benita and her son Martin Ania Grabarek and her two sons Anselm and Wolfgang also are a part of this story Anita s husband was in the Polish Foreign Office before the war and then in the military and then in the Home Army then sent to an extermination camp Burg Lingenfels was once a beautiful grand Castle Before the war Marianne s husband Albreht s great aunt Frau von Lingenfels The Countress owned it She didn t live in it but she organize parties and picnics She was something of an eccentric After the warthe Castle was run down empty of fine furniture damp cold They did have a roof over their head and they live mostly in the kitchenYou get to know the children and given that the children had a father who was a traitor a man that wanted to kill Fuhrer it was important to educate the children about the reasons their father s were killed Could they do this without being prejudice Martin s father Connie lived in the shadow as a hero from the teachings of Marianne yet his own mother never mentioned him Benita spent time in prison because of what her husband did Marianne never had to So we see early that the moral issues of being a traitor in ones own country has many different points of view and emotions tied to those opinions and emotions As the story goes on we learn of what happen to each of these women Marianne Benita and Anita each had different background experiences Everyone has been damaged by the horrors of this warJessica Shattuck invites us to take a deeper look at personal responsibilityblame shame dishonor and moral conscience We look at the other side too honor loyalty and love The one thing Marianne Benita and Anita had in common is that each of their husbands were killed in this war They had children to raise Their future choices in part two begin to move them in different directions yet as they were rebuilding their individual lives the time spent in the early days after the war together in the run down Castle bonded them whether they liked each other or not Everyone was growing and changing The children too becoming young adults then adults I was on the verge of tears several times This is one of the best historical books I ve read where we see how much German s suffered not just Jews German s were aching watching others sufferMany went hungry lived without water and electricity but still were grappling with the moral uestions of right and wrongWith so much vivid sensory detail and intimacy I always looked forward to getting back to my reading between life breaks

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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. 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 looms in the background but is always there The focus in this novel is on the German resistors who believed that what Hitler and the Nazis were doing was horrific and immoral Their belief was so strong that they thought the only way to stop him was to assassinate him Their failed attempt resulted in their executions But this is the story not of the bold brave German resistors but of the wives and children left behind The three women here are each bold and brave in their own ways but yet each has their own flaws as well Their lives become intertwined after the war Marianne von Lingenfels is told by her best friend Connie You are appointed the commander of wives and children She definitely becomes their commander as she finds Connie s wife Benita and their son Martin Ania and her children survivors of another resistor An old castle belonging to Marianne s husband s family becomes their place of refuge With chapters that move around in time the lives of these women unfold and it becomes clear to the reader but not necessarily to Marianne that these two women have secrets and pasts that are very different than the privileged life she led before the war Their stories are chilling at times and Marianne s efforts to save and protect them although in good faith seem a bit heavy handed What this novel has brilliantly done is depict the lives of these women before the war in the flashback chapters and of course afterwards giving a view on the Germans that I have not often read about Their relationships are complex and the story is heartbreaking at times It spans a period of time over 50 years and even to the end it is apparent what the war has done these people It s a well written and captivating story I received an advanced copy of this book from HarperCollins through Edelweiss


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 she

  2. says:

    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 G

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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 vi

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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 Albre

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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

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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

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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

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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 provoking re

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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 Albrecht her once upon a time professor Hosting the party was like setting up a civilization on

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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 kill Hitler which took two of their husbands and for Ania the evil in which she found herself involved It is the immediate aftermath in Bavaria of this terrible and horrific time a promise made by Marianne will bring these women and their children together where they n