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The House I Loved [Hardcover]

Tatiana de Rosnay
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Feb. 14 2012
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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Praise for The House I Loved:

“In her quietly elegant 11th novel, the bestselling author of Sarah’s Key again explores the idea of home as both sanctuary and embodiment of history… [Rose’s] letters, poetic and honest, reveal a world soon to be destroyed by progress. A mesmerizing look at how the homes and neighborhoods we occupy hold not only our memories but our secrets as well.” – People (3 out of 4 stars)

“De Rosnay’s delicacy and the flavor of her beloved Paris are everywhere in this brief but memorable book. Replete with treats, particularly for Paris-lovers—indeed for anyone wedded to a special place.” – Kirkus (starred review)

“Those who enjoyed Sarah’s Key will recognize de Rosnay’s love for her native France and appreciate the poignancy and tenacity of her characters.” – Booklist

 

“The core of Paris by a phenomenal novelist.” – Elle (France)

 

“Fraught with drama, as the Sarah’s Key author aims to create an immersive experience in a hugely transformative period in Paris…when the city was torn between modernity and tradition. In Rose, one gets the clear sense of a woman losing her place in a changing world.” – Publishers Weekly

 

“Whether you approve of Baron Haussmann's modernization of the French capital or not, Tatiana de Rosnay's new book, The House I Loved, is sure to enthrall those who want to learn more about this fascinating period in history.” – Out and About In Paris

 

 

 

About the Author

TATIANA DE ROSNAY is the author of ten novels, including the New York Times bestselling novel Sarah’s Key, an international sensation with over 5 million copies sold in 38 countries worldwide that has now been made into a major film to be released in Summer 2011. Together with Dan Brown and Stieg Larsson, she was named one of the top three fiction writers in Europe in 2010.  Tatiana lives with her husband and two children in Paris.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another (different) gem from Tatiana de Rosnay June 13 2012
By little lady blue TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Only if one has lived & loved will one completely capture the beauty of this story. Perhaps only ones of a certain age will appreciate the devotion that would compel a woman to pen a letter to her beloved departed husband while she is facing the last destruction of her life & all she holds dear.

The sights & sounds of Paris of 1860 simply seep through the beautifully written pages of this tender & touching book. A story as much about a house as it is about the lives lived within its walls. Secrets & passions alike.

Houses in every corner of the world, not just in Paris, do very much absorb the joys & laughter, tears & tragedy of the people who live in them for generations. Perhaps only ones of a certain age would grasp this concept, but indeed it is very real.

At the end of the book I believe I can say that I know Rose Bazelet personally, so vividly was her character portrayed through these pages.

This book is a testament, in my view, to the fact that `progress', however advantageous to the future, carries a price & a burden. Always! Something that young people would do well to consider. There is no future without a past.

It may not be fair to compare this novel to the previous two by this author since the story is completely different in writing style, content & tone.

`The House I Loved' is a mere 222 pages long, perhaps as it should be considering that it chronicles the ending of something rather than a beginning. I treasured every beautiful page of it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The House I Loved April 17 2012
By Fran
Format:Hardcover
I loved Sarah's Key so I bought this book and was not disappointed in the least...

Oh my, it will stay with me awhile.
The story is unlike any that I have ever read before.. I learned a lot ..and it gave me lots to think about.

It is easy to read and always interesting from the very first page...

Do read it, it is wonderful..

Fran
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The House I loved March 20 2012
By Rosie
Format:Hardcover
I loved this book. Couldn't put it down. If you love anything European, as I do, then this book is for you. It delves into the restructuring of Paris under Napolean's rule. The book is so well written that one almost feels that they are in Paris.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay July 27 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Not the best Tatiana de Rosnay novel as I still really did like Sarah's Key the best. This book has the same theme as all of her other ones family loyalty and a family secret. I always love finding out what the secret is because it is always a much horrible secret than I could ever think of.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Memories abound! July 9 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This novel, set in Paris, is an interesting historical fiction. The love of a house causes an aging woman to stay in it until the wreckers arrive. A story of love, devotion, and loyalty, along with stubbornness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Reading! Oct. 21 2012
By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
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St. Martin's Press|February 14, 2012|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-1-250-01288-3

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...

My Review:

Rose writes letters to her deceased husband, Armand who has been gone 10 years. She is writing about the tearing down of the homes and shops on their street so the construction organization can widen the roads. This is going to change the face of Paris forever.
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