The Women in the Castle

The Women in the CastleThe Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Published by William Morrow on March 28th 2017
Pages: 368
ISBN: 0062563661
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I am most likely going to be in the minority when I say that this book did not blow me away. I struggled with this book. I will even go so far to say that I thought it was a snooze-fest at times. That’s right! I found some parts to be downright boring and felt the story dragged on and on. The book started out fine for me and then I lost my interest, then my interest picked back up and then I felt bored again. I have been reading a lot of books that have gripped me lately and not let go, this one felt like a slow burn.

There was a lot of hype for this book and I have said it before…I wonder if when I read the hype, my expectations get too high. By the description of the book, and the reviews of friends, I thought this book would knock my socks off. Well, my socks stayed on and I was not blown away.

This is a book about survival of women during the last parts of WWII. Their journey to the castle, their hardships, sacrifices, loss, grief, determination, hope, and resiliency. Marianne, Benita and Ania lost their husbands during the failed attempt to assassinate Adolf Hitler. Marianne had made a promise that she would help look out for their wives in the event that they did not make it. She holds up her part of the bargain. But I still found her to be somewhat of a unsympathetic character. Marianne finds the two women and Martin, Benita’s son, one and by and brings them to the dilapidated castle owned by her husband’s relatives.

This one did not live up to the hype for me.


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