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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,380 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tatiana de Rosnay Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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From the New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman’s resistance during an époque that shook Paris to its very core.

Paris, France: 1860’s. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a “modern city.” The reforms will erase generations of history—but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand.

Rose Bazelet is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer and closer each day. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual of remembering, Rose is forced to come to terms with a secret that has been buried deep in her heart for thirty years. Tatiana de Rosnay's The House I Loved is both a poignant story of one woman’s indelible strength, and an ode to Paris, where houses harbor the joys and sorrows of their inhabitants, and secrets endure in the very walls...

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Shirley Miller | 2/9/2014

    " The setting of this novel is superb. It is Paris during the renovation of 1853-1870 when a major portion of the medieval city was destroyed by the order of Napoleon III to make way for new and modern boulevards, buildings, water and sewer...and much more. I was not familiar with this Parisian event and spent several hours researching it. In my mind, this is always a good outcome for a novel...driving the reader to develop some interest piqued by the work of fiction. The story line itself, a refusal by a property owner to give up possession of her property to the state, promises much tension and confrontation. But Tatiana de Rosnay falls short of my expectation. The first third of the book slogs along as Madame Rose writes a letter to her dead husband about the imminent destruction of his family home. Her ultimate goal of the letter is to tell Armand the dark secret she harbors, having confessed it to no one. It is the writing of the letter that fails to convince the reader of the intensity and passion Madame Rose must feel. Alexandrine, the florist, and Gilbert, the rag-picker, are incomplete major players who might have rescued the flagging exposition, but did not. Perhaps I expected too much of de Rosnay after Sarah's Key which riveted me from the beginning until the end. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Becky | 2/5/2014

    " Started listening to this book.......at the end of the 2nd CD I was thinking......now what did the narrator say? What is this book about? I used to feel I had to finish every book I started but after 5 decades of reading, I have left that obsession behind! Life is too short to waste it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marla | 1/29/2014

    " Not as good as Sarah's Key. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Bev | 1/28/2014

    " Interesting topic for a novel -- the destruction of the medieval neighbourhoods by Haussman to make way for the new wide boulevards and "modernizing" of Paris in the 1860s, with the resulting impact on people's lives in the process. However, this book was too thin on characters, plot and development to work very well for me -- it would have made a stronger short story or novella. Wee little chapters and lots of white space (empty pages) made it a page flipper as I kept hoping it would eventually grip me. Apparently good research on the era, so the book worked historically, but not as entertainment. Lite. "

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