The Women in the Castle

51VVuJSj7TLI liked The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck, but I didn’t love it. Perhaps I am tapped out on WWII?? While I liked the characters and the threads of their lives, told over about 50 years, it just didn’t hold up to great ones like The Nightingale. The three main characters, Marianne, Benita, and Ania, are widows of men with various roles in Nazi Germany, including those who planned the failed assassination attempt on Hitler. Marianne is in charge and bands the others together in her castle to protect their children and each other in the aftermath of the Nazis’ defeat. There’s suspense here and interesting information which I didn’t know before reading. The book was well-written and researched, but it didn’t quite do it for me.

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