Tuesday, March 30, 2021

Guest Post with Stephanie Dray - The Women of Chateau Lafayette

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STEPHANIE DRAY is a New York Times, Wall Street Journal & USA Today bestselling author of historical women’s fiction. Her award-winning work has been translated into eight languages and tops lists for the most anticipated reads of the year. Now she lives in Maryland with her husband, cats, and history books.


1. There are places in this world where the past still echoes in the stones. The Ch√Ęteau de Chavaniac is such a place.

2. Most castles are defended by powerful men. This one, by women.

3. To ask why was only to demand justification. To ask why not assumed endless possibility…

4. When going to war, one should begin with a new hat.

5. Nothing lasts but your name and your legacy.

6. The world always snuffs out fire, and every generation must bring light from darkness again.

7. I hid the blades deep in volcanic soil that served to remind me that the precious things we bury, like fire in the heart of the world, must one day rise up again. And that our voices would not be silenced forever, but echo through the ages for those who are willing to listen.

8. A thousand years from now someone will need to know that we stood up against the darkest forces of humanity. And that we did it here at Chavaniac, just like those who came before us. It’ll make them stronger to know it. It’ll make it easier for them to rise up again . . .

9. Shame and grief are more powerful than anything . . . but love.

10. We are all equally human. All deserving of compassion and justice. All capable of love and courage.

Named one of 2021's Most Anticipated Historical Novels by Oprah Magazine ∙ PopSugar ∙ SheReads ∙ Parade ∙ and more!

An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy.

Most castles are protected by men. This one by women.

A founding mother...
1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband, the Marquis de Lafayette's political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come.

A daring visionary...
1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothing--not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France firsthand, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for what's right.

A reluctant resistor...
1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphan's self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become.

Intricately woven and powerfully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us.

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  1. "Most memorable birthday?" The one where they gave me all that stuff worth x amount of dollars!!

  2. My first birthday party when I was 7, was my most memorable.

  3. I'm not sure how old I was but the one that sticks with me the most is the one where my uncle died a few days before it.

  4. I believe that would be my 18th. I had to work late and when I got home, I found that my family had eaten my cake. Still bothers me.

  5. I think my 50 th birthday party. I had all my family and friends with me. It was awesome.

  6. My 18th was the most memorable. My first away from home. No family. No cake. Too sad.

  7. 17th -- genuinely happy, big smiling photos

  8. My most memorable birthday was the year I spent it with my daughter and her husband helping to care for my new grandson!

  9. My most memorable birthday was my 21st.
    I felt all grown up!

  10. My most memorable was on my 28th birthday. I found out I was pregnant!

  11. I would have to say my 40th birthday-my husband threw my a surprise party.