Romance with a mystery about a young American orphan, Isabel, who travels to France to find her birth Father.This is no easy task, having never been acknowledged by her father, and her mother declining to name him. The only clue our heroine has, is her mother's postcard of his home, the Chateau Ferrancolles.She travels to the Chateau under false pretenses. There her undeniRomance with a mystery about a young American orphan, Isabel, who travels to France to find her birth Father.This is no easy task, having never been acknowledged by her father, and her mother declining to name him. The only clue our heroine has, is her mother's postcard of his home, the Chateau Ferrancolles.She travels to the Chateau under false pretenses. There her undeniable family resemblence causes some slight consternation amongst her shocked, suspicious relatives.Isabel, longing for a father and a family, does her best with these cold, uninterested relatives and her supposed, newfound, distant father.There are dark family secrets, nefarious relatives, cases of mistaken identity and finally a loving relationship for the heroine....
|Title||:||To The Castle|
|Number of Pages||:||223 Pages|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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To The Castle Reviews
This makes me wonder how popular/sought out this style of writing was/is--third person, reflective narrator that inserts personal thoughts including lines such as "I think now that what she felt then..." It made for an interesting, unreliable narrator experience. Totally worked with the creepy, Gothic feel, and I was on the verge of being horrified by how things played out the last fifty pages. The final line was the biggest shock, but it goes along with that unfolding narrator's voice.As you can see by the length of this review (mine are usually 1-2 lines), the story intrigued me.
"And overhead, moving about at that very moment in the top cells of this splendid empty honeycomb, was a man who lived a lonely inhuman distortion of life that made her almost hug her human troubles to her heart. It was better, far better, to be bad than mad."I liked this story better after I read it, looking back on what transpired. While reading, it felt at times more like I was trudging. There was such a mess of emotions it was hard to follow. There was great insight on human emotions and the wispy-washy range but then the aftermath seemed to resolve to nothing. Nothing mattered to the characters. Not a cheap blue traveling suit, a postcard of a castle, a lighter with a coat of arms, or a few hundred years dead duke sealed in a boarded up well. But then a fire is lit, warmth is given, love unfurls (from a VERY unlikely place!) and the characters and story redeems itself.The structure of the story is odd, it's framed by the narrator-her future self(I)- looking back on her former self (she) as if a different person.
Definitely didn't end the way I thought it would... but I do like surprizes!!