The House I Loved

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Tatiana De Rosnay

Narrated By: Kate Reading

Publisher: Macmillan Audio

Date: February 2012

Duration: 5 hours 58 minutes

Summary:

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 œmodern 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. 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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  • Holly Harrison

    A complete page turner, The House I loved had me from the minute it started and stayed with me long after it was done. Not only is it a beautiful architectural book with it's setting in the 1860's it is also a bit of a mystery novel. With the government ready to demolish her house to make way for the future transformation of France, Rose along with her neighbors are told to pack up and leave the homes they have known their whole lives. Told through first person and through letters to her deceased husband you find that Rose also bears a dark secret, that keeps her tied to the house. I recommend that when listening, listen with a box of Kleenex!