The Balcony by Jane Dulury. Published by Little, Brown

I have often believed old buildings hold the impressions of those who lived there before. Dulury takes that premise and runs with it, in this case she follows the lives of people who have lived on an estate outside Paris, both an elegant manor house and a servants cottage. From the Belle Époque to the present, she links stories both beautiful and profane. From a servant who falls in love with the master of the house, to a Jewish couple hiding from the Nazis, the house and grounds, in particular a balcony, a pond and a rose garden stand in silent witness to decades of love, loss and, betrayal . Oh my, what a book! I had lost my electricity due to a windstorm, but I lost complete track of time as I entered this magical world that had me in tears more than once. Highly recommended


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