The Women in The Castle by Jessica Shattuck

 Before, during, and after the war Marianne was there to support everyone even though she had lost everything except her castle and her children.
Marianne previously lived in a castle with her husband, Albrecht and her children before the Germans took it over.  Her husband was a member of the resistance but was killed by the Germans along with other members.  His request was for Marianne to take care of the families of other members if he and his fellow members were killed.
Marianne complied with her husband’s wishes and found two women including Benita who had married a man Marianne actually had loved at one time and who was a family friend.
These women and their children lived together and endured the hardships after the war as well as sharing their lives before and during the war. 
Marianne was an organizer, Benita was a follower, and Ania was a great help to Marianne.  All three women had endured a lot and were there for each other in their own way as they recovered after the war.
THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE gives us insight into how families lived in Europe before,  during, and after Hitler’s regime.  The book ends with the year 1991.
THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE is well written, well researched, and with authentic characters and descriptions that draw you indescriptions that allow you to share the experiences every character is dealing with whether good or bad.  Some of the experiences are quite grizzly.
It took me a few chapters to get connected and to warm up to the characters, but once I did, I became fully involved with their lives as well as becoming familiar with yet another piece of WWII’s history.
Historical fiction fans and women’s fiction fans will love THE WOMEN IN THE CASTLE.  Be prepared for a heart wrenching, but very thought-provoking read.
The historical aspect and the friendships between the three women draw the reader in and keep the pages turning while you also don’t want the book to end.  4/5
This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review.

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