Hey guys! It’s Krista! I’m back with another blog tour and review. This time I’ve got a great book about a group of friends living in France at the time of the Vietnam war. It’s a great read! So check out my review, and learn more about the book and author below. Don’t forget to sign up to win the rafflecopter at the bottom.
The Chronicles of Chateau Moines is, as the name suggests, a chronicle of a group of people living in Chateau Moines. While nothing really major happens in the book, I loved reading it. I was hooked from the beginning to end as I read about the lives of the people living in Chateau Moines. It’s not an action-packed thriller, but it’s a great book to read to keep your attention that tells a story of the lives people in France at the time of the Vietnam War.
I think the way the author, Evelyne Holingue, wrote the story is what makes the book so good. Even though most of the time, no major events are happening- you can’t help but keep turning the pages. Each time I picked the book up, I hated to put it back down. The story just flows and allows the reader to be constantly drawn in. From grief and loss to love and friendship, the book focuses on emotions and the heart.
Because it is set in France, there are quite a few French words thrown in to the prose. But Evelyne Holingue makes it so that her readers easily understand the meaning of the words.
I give The Chronicles of Chateau Moines 5 out of 5 stars. The book is a middle grade book, but I believe adults would enjoy it, as long as they don’t mind reading from the perspective of two twelve-year-olds.
About the Book:
September 1970: Scott’s mother has recently died and his father gets the crazy idea to move his family from California to Normandy. Now Scott has to learn to live without his mom while adjusting to France. In his seventh grade class there is only Ibrahim who comes from another country. Scott doesn’t even want to play his guitar anymore. Why does his father think that life will be better so far from home?
Scott has no idea that his arrival is also a challenge to Sylvie. While her best friend is excited to have an American boy at school, Sylvie cannot say one word to Scott. She can’t even write good songs in her notebook anymore. Why is life so different since Scott moved to Château Moines?
Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War protest era and told from the perspectives of twelve-year old Scott and Sylvie, this is a story about loss and friendship, music and peace, and also about secrets.
Although this is a work of fiction, the cultural, social, and historical background of the early 1970s in France and the United States inspired the writing. At the end of the book the reader will find a list of the songs, the names of singers, and bands mentioned through the novel as well as some elements about fashion, immigration in France, the Vietnam War, and other cultural, social, and historical facts relevant to the period of time.
About the Author: