The French House (Hardback)
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The French House (Hardback)

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Hardback 368 Pages / Published: 28/04/2022
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Freedom worth fighting for. Love worth waiting for.

'The French House is a beautifully wrought exploration of love of all kinds. It's utterly gorgeous, convincingly written and completely captivating. Make sure you read it'
MY WEEKLY

'I was gripped from the start by the characters and the setting. A wonderful read'
RUTH DRUART

'A raw and honest love story, filled with a wealth of historical detail. The French House is a powerful depiction of the brutal intricacies of island relationships and loyalties in a time of war'
FIONA VALPY

'Deeply involving . . . A fantastic debut by a gifted storyteller'
JILL MANSELL

'A story of fraught secrets and tested loyalties . . . I found this beautifully told tale hard to put down'
ANITA FRANK

'Heart-wrenching . . . A truly special novel'
LOUISE FEIN

'Accomplished and atmospheric . . . I really enjoyed this uncliched yet deeply moving love story'
TRACY REES

'A vividly written, refreshingly different World War Two love story, with a central character I adored. Just brilliant!'
GILL PAUL

'Such an emotionally gripping novel portraying how love can be betrayed yet still endure'
SUZANNE GOLDRING

'I have been swept away by Jacquie Bloese's gorgeous writing, completely transported into the rich, atmospheric, and incredibly moving pages of The French House. . . this is an absolutely stunning, beautifully original novel'
JENNY ASHCROFT

'The writing is incredibly strong . . . a compelling read with a highly satisfactory ending'
GUERNSEY PRESS

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In Nazi-occupied Guernsey, the wrong decision can destroy a life...

Left profoundly deaf after an accident, Emile is no stranger to isolation - or heartbreak. Now, as Nazi planes loom over Guernsey, he senses life is about to change forever.

Trapped in a tense, fearful marriage, Isabelle doesn't know what has become of Emile and the future she hoped for. But when she glimpses him from the window of the French House, their lives collide once more.

Leutnant Schreiber is more comfortable wielding a paintbrush than a pistol. But he has little choice in the role he is forced to play in the occupying forces - or in his own forbidden desires.

As their paths entwine, loyalties are blurred and dangerous secrets forged. But on an island under occupation, courage can have deadly consequences...

Lyrical, moving and compelling, this is a novel about wanting to hear and learning to listen - to the truths of our own hearts. Perfect for lovers of The Nightingale, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and All the Light We Cannot See.

'A wonderful story, powerfully written with beautiful characters'
JAMES KENT, director of Testament of Youth

'A brilliantly moving historical novel' - 2020 Caledonian Novel Award panel

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
ISBN: 9781529377316
Number of pages: 368
Weight: 560 g
Dimensions: 232 x 148 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
A brilliantly moving historical novel * 2020 Caledonian Novel Award *
A raw and honest love story, filled with a wealth of historical detail. The French House is a powerful depiction of the brutal intricacies of island relationships and loyalties in a time of war -- FIONA VALPY, bestselling author of THE DRESSMAKER'S SECRET
Deeply involving . . . A fantastic debut by a gifted storyteller -- JILL MANSELL, Sunday Times bestselling author
A story of fraught secrets and tested loyalties . . . I found this beautifully told tale hard to put down -- ANITA FRANK, author of The Return
Heart-wrenching . . . A truly special novel -- LOUISE FEIN, author of People Like Us
A vividly written, refreshingly different World War Two love story, with a central character I adored. Just brilliant! -- GILL PAUL, author of The Collector's Daughter
A wonderful story, powerfully written with beautiful characters -- JAMES KENT, director of Testament of Youth
In the way that the astonishing All the Light we Cannot See takes you into the world of a young blind girl during the occupation of France, so we are transported into the experiences of profoundly deaf Emile, during the occupation of Guernsey. The writing is lyrical, melancholy and breathtaking. Life under the Nazi jackboot is subtly explored, but the blistering love story between Emile and Isabelle leaves a longer lasting impression. Beautiful, utterly absorbing and memorable. -- Kate Thompson, author of THE LITTLE WARTIME LIBRARY
I was gripped from the start by the characters and the setting. A wonderful read -- Ruth Druart, author of WHILE PARIS SLEPT

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Annette Librarian

“Well written historical novel!”

The author has written an interesting historical book about life on occupied Guernsey during World War 2 and during the course of the story she has revealed some unknown facts about this time as well as describing a... More

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“A heart-breaking love story set in Jersey in WWII”

Set during the German occupation of Jersey, this is a multi-layered story of love, courage and disappointment. The titular French House belongs to the local gentry and its garden has been requisitioned to provide food... More

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“Atmospheric”

I read this book courtesy of NetGalley. A fairly engaging atmospheric book set in Guernsey during the Second World War when it was under German occupation. A somewhat bleak read befitting those desperate and... More

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