Tangled Ashes by Michele Phoenix~Review

by adustyframe ~ October 26th, 2012

About the book:

After invading Lamorlaye, France, Nazi officials don’t hesitate to take over the beautiful Meunier manor as their headquarters, hiring two young Frenchwomen, Marie and Elise, who clean and launder to help supplement their families’ meager incomes. But the girls begin to grow suspicious when medical equipment arrives, followed by an influx of pregnant women. As the Nazis’ plans for the manor become clear, the girls must decide where their loyalties truly lie.
When Marshall Becker arrives in Lamorlaye, France, to begin the massive renovation of a Renaissance-era castle, he unearths a dark World War II history few in the village remember. The project that was meant to provide an escape for Becker instead becomes a gripping glimpse into the human drama that unfolded during the Nazi occupation and seems to live on in midnight disturbances and bizarre acts of vandalism.

What I thought:

Once again, I found a new author and I enjoyed her book. This book shares the story of Marie & Elise during WWII as well as the modern day story of Marshall Becker and architect hired to renovate an old castle in France.

The story wove the two time periods together very well including bits of mystery and intrigue. Marshall is a man hiding from his past using alcohol to cope. He meets his match in the children and nanny of the castle’s owner though and is forced to confront his habits and temper.

The story ends with a surprising twist when the identity of the shadowy character who lives in the gatehouse is revealed.

About the Author:

Michele Phoenix was born in France to an American mother and Canadian father. She graduated from Wheaton College and  has a heart for missionary kids. If you’d like to learn more about her, you can check out her website.  She includes photos of the castle she based this novel on too! 


Disclaimer~I received a free copy of this book in order to provide a review. All opinions are my own.


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