The Secrets of Sainte Madeleine
by Tilly Bagshawe
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Pub Date 17 Feb 2022 | Archive Date Not set
HarperCollins UK, HarperFiction, HarperCollins
GENERATIONS OF SECRETS
IT’S TIME TO ESCAPE TO THE CHATEAU . . .
Elise is a true daughter of the chateau. She’d die before anything happened to Sainte Madeleine – even if it means betraying her own family.
Alexandre, Elise’s brother, is destined to inherit – yet a dangerous rift with their father puts his future, and the chateau, in jeopardy.
And for distant cousin Laurent, his life-long love for Elise will always call him back to Sainte Madeleine.
But the peace of Europe rests on a knife-edge, and history has bigger plans than them all. Through love and war, danger and deceit, can the chateau – and the Salignac family – weather the storm?Readers are getting swept away by Sainte Madeleine:
‘It is perfect escapism’ Netgalley reviewer
‘A beautiful love story that captures your attention and your heart from beginning to end’ Netgalley reviewer
‘Everything from sensitivity to heartache as well as a great story’ Netgalley reviewer
‘A definite feel of Gone with the Wind’ Netgalley reviewer
‘Lovers of romance and wine will be enraptured by the story’ Netgalley reviewer
‘Tilly Bagshawe has weaved a larger than life family saga set in the most gorgeous setting possible’ Netgalley reviewer
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Having read all of Tilly Bagshawe's previous novel, its been a while since she released new work and I couldn't wait to get stuck into her novel.
Set in France on a vineyard called Sainte Madeleine, the story opens with a family comprising of Therese, Louis (parents) and their three children Didier, Alexandre and Elise.
As the years progress, the profitability of the vineyard is tumultuous as is the relationship between Therese and Louis. During Christmas time, their cousins Laurent and Thierry visit the vineyard and Elise falls head over heels with his distant cousin Laurent.
The love story plays out over many years, throughout the war, marriages, deaths and births. It mainly concentrates on Elise and Alex but also features Alex.
It is perfect escapism and I truly enjoyed reading it,
Oh my, I was so excited when I saw that Tilly Bagshawe had a new book out; it’s been quite some time!
I used to have just five favourite authors that I would obsessively search to see if they had a new book for me to read. Tilly was one of these five. I’ve since broadened my reading genres and have about 100 authors that I keep an eye on, but anything by my original five will more than pique my interest.
This book was well worth the wait, and I’d forgotten how it felt to be swept away by one of her family sagas.
Even though it is quite a chonker of a book with 512 pages, it didn’t feel like it was a struggle to get through, and I was even sad when it was over. The characters are wonderfully developed, and the writing was just sublime.
I’m both happy and sad to have read this. Happy that it met all of my expectations and thankful for this amazing author to have brought a new book out after so long. Sad because I’ve now finished reading it, and who knows how long I will have to wait for another.
Without a doubt a five-star read.