In Nazi-occupied France, German troops occupy Gisèle Duchant’s family château – while Gisèle harbors French resistance members in the tunnels beneath the home. When Gisèle’s best friend, who is Jewish, disappears, Gisèle chooses to shelter her friend’s small child, risking the lives of all who depend on her. As she struggles to protect innocent lives from the Nazis in her own home, she must rely on help from an unexpected source.
In modern-day America, Chloe Sauver has just been betrayed by her politician fiancé. Desperate to escape the media frenzy, she accepts the offer from filmmaker Riley Holtz, who wants to make a documentary about Chloe’s grandmother – Gisèle Duchant. As Chloe and Riley unravel the secrets of the ancestral home, they find more than they were looking for.
Seldom do I read an entire book in one day, but I did with Melanie Dobson’s Château of Secrets – which is based on a true story! I was entranced by the beautifully researched setting and the complex web of characters. The layers of secrets are expertly woven into an intriguing tapestry you long to unravel, even as you ask yourself what decisions you’d make in Gisèle’s situation. Melanie Dobson has written a masterful novel!