The Women in the Castle

The Women in the Castle

A Novel

Book - 2017
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At the end of World War II, Marianne von Lingenfels offers shelter to two widows of fallen resistance fighters and their children in a formerly majestic Bavarian castle that was once host to German aristocrats.
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 protect their wives, her fellow resistance widows. First 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 quickly discovers that the black-and-white, highly principled world of her privileged past has become infinitely more 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 unique share of challenges.
Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062563668
0062563661
9780062563675
006256367X
Characteristics: 356 pages ; 24 cm

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jilllib Oct 10, 2017

Historical fiction based on a true story. Through different circumstances, three women live in a castle in Germany after WWII.

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Ireadalot2
Oct 01, 2017

Sometimes difficult subject matter but an excellent book. Three women and their children survive Germany in WWII and what happens after.

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Mrsdoody
Sep 16, 2017

Emotion story of survival of the women left behind in Germany in WWII.

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josiehann
Sep 13, 2017

Thought provoking tale from the perspective of 3 different women before, during, and after World War II. This might lead to musings on how evil is allowed to flourish when there are good people all around.

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pozrob
Sep 12, 2017

Highly recommended. Should be required reading for high school students to shed light on the impact of of the horror of war. While this is a work of fiction it gives a snapshot of three women's lives but actually could of been the lives of millions of everyday Germans. Germany from the fall of the Holy Roman Empire up until the start of the Great War was the envy of Europe. After a humiliating defeat in that war, the German people (most) welcomed an unknown Austrian with open arms under his mantra,"Make Germany Great Again". The rest is history. We study history to to learn the mistakes from the past as not to repeat them again. Sadly that horse is out of the gate.

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ronston63
Aug 27, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this well written read. It kept my interest throughout.

ontherideau Aug 24, 2017

This story peers into the eyes of Nazi mindset ugliness. It's a wonder Germany was able to recover.

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jeanie123
Aug 15, 2017

A very interesting story and a fairly well-written novel. I especially enjoyed the various approaches to the moral dilemmas and shifting values of a defeated people facing the extreme hardships of the time immediately following WWII in Germany and the juxstaposition of those fiercley driven to remember while others were desperate to forget. I found much of the closing chapters of the book superfluous and there was an almost grinding effort to tie up every loose end and complete the stories of even the long-forgotten minor characters. Sometimes people just fall away from life's narrative. Sometimes things are better left to the readers' imaginations.

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BeckyR21
Aug 08, 2017

This was a five star book, up until the last section. I found the perspective from the German widows surviving the aftermath of WWII to be very interesting. I thought the author wove past and present into the plot and character development quite well. The final section of the book seemed to slow down a bit, but was still a satisfying read.

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Squid_1
Aug 07, 2017

This book was really good up to half way then it curtailed down. The story characters seemed very detached and story line was predictable.

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