What a book! I am astounded at how author Stephanie Dray took THREE narratives, braided them together, made each of them interesting and made the whole novel comprehensible. Quite a feat of technical mastery over the material.
I experienced this volume as a narration so was able to enjoy the quiet voice of Adrienne de La Fayette (Lafayette’s long-suffering never-complaining wife of the French Revolution via the voice of Emma Bering), the energetic, overbearing voice of Beatrice Chanler (the New York socialite who rescued the chateau during the First World War via the voice of Tavia Gilbert) and the dry voice of Marthe Simone (a fictional character depicting a teacher turned resistance fighter during the Second World War.)
I am not going to say more so as not to spoil it for those of you who have not yet had the pleasure of experiencing this novel. All I can say is that I was enthralled from beginning to end. Five stars.