Item description for Chateau of Echoes by Siri Mitchell...
Overview The chateau held as many secrets and ghosts as its new owner, Frederique Farmer. She thought she'd found the perfect place to hide from the shards of her life, the world at large, and even from God. She was wrong. Little does Frederique know, she's unwittingly concocted a recipe for intrigue, romance, and possibly disaster.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.5" Height: 1.3" Weight: 0.95 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2005
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 1576839141 ISBN13 9781576839140
Availability 0 units.
More About Siri Mitchell
Siri Mitchell has written five novels, two of which ("Chateau of Echoes" and T"he Cubicle Next Door") were named Christy Award Finalists. A graduate from the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She currently resides in the Washington DC metro area.
Reviews - What do customers think about Chateau of Echoes?
T.M.I. Oct 27, 2008
Too Much Information! I got hung up on the details in this book. I didn't need to know every piece of furniture in every room of every floor of the chateau. I didn't need to know every flower and vegetable planted in the garden. I didn't need to know every item of clothing each character wore, or every detail involved in a recipe.
Those details took me out of the story way too often. Siri L. Mitchell is a wonderful storyteller. The story was solid enough as it was and I just kept fading out with paragraph-long descriptions.
Don't get me wrong. I like France. I like food. I like castles. I like Arthurian legends. I like, even love, God.
I'm not so sure about this book.
History, Romance, France All Wrapped Up in a Modern Tale Oct 22, 2007
I love this book. She has managed to put two stories--one from the past and one current--into one intricately-woven romantic tale set in a Bed and Breakfast in France. Partner that with interesting characters and food you want to eat off the page, well, that's even better! I can't point to just one thing I like most about the book. I've given this book as a gift many times, because I just really like it all.
Another engaging Siri Mitchell novel! Jul 9, 2007
This book tells the story of Frederique Farmer, the American owner of a French chateau. It also delves into the story of the fifteenth century owner of the castle. The modern-day story is colorful and mysterious and tantalizingly romantic. The "historical" journal excerpts at the end of each section can be difficult to read because of the language and spelling used, but they add more color and flavor - awakening the reader to recall stories of King Arthur and Merlin and Tristan and Isolde.
Ms. Mitchell's writing style is smooth as silk and easy to digest. Her incorporation of Christian themes is so integral to the plot, that they cannot be separated from the story without diminishing it. This is a wonderful book for a hot summer day by the pool, a lazy afternoon in a hammock, or even bundled up in front of a fireplace with a cup of cocoa. Don't let the size of this book intimidate you. The pages almost turn themselves.
Rich with detail Apr 9, 2007
Frederique Farmer is a widow who lives in France and is the owner of an exclusive bed and breakfast. She is picky about who she chooses to stay there, offering the best service, but keeping her distance from her guests. But then all that changes when an American writer comes to stay longer than Frederique had originally intended. Robert Cromwell begins to chip away at Frederique's shell trying to draw out who she was before her husband died. The 200 year old diary of the former comtesse of the chateau brings in history with a touch of mystery into Frederique's life.
I had read and enjoyed The Cubicle Next Door so I wanted to go back and read the rest of Siri's books. I picked up this one because I love books about France. Something about that country is just so magical to me. The descriptions in this book about the country really make me want to go visit it one day. I liked how this story focused on the quiet countryside as opposed to big city Paris. This book was especially intriguing with the double storyline blending historical fiction with modern storyline. It was reminiscent of Angela Hunt's Heirs of Cahira O'Connor series. I really liked learning about the history of the chateau with Alix's story. Her tale seems so tragic because she was at such a young age when everything happened to her. Frederique's story is interesting and tragic as well. She seems to be such a soft spoken character that likes having everything in place and with a routine. Then this guy comes into her life and makes her want to change. I didn't like Severine from the beginning. Her character felt like she was a good person although the story did keep me wondering what she was up to throughout the whole book. The story does start off a bit slow but once the reader gets deeper into the story, it just flows naturally. This book has it all from mystery to history to romance, a perfect blend of European culture for the reader who likes to travel from their armchair.
Details, details Sep 21, 2006
I must be the only one who didn't think this book was wonderful. The story was nice. I enjoyed the excepts from the 14th century journals. The characters were all right. But Ms. Mitchell's writing kind of set my teeth on edge. It seems that the only thing she ever details are the clothing that everyone is wearing! Instead of just saying, "I went up to my room and changed into black pants and a sweater" she takes up entire paragraphs with descriptions like "I went upstairs and changed into slim, black pants and a black boatneck, high brand name sweater and black shoes that my late husband had purchased for me when we went to Switzerland." She describes Cranwell's clothing obsessively - rust colored courduroy pants, gray courduroy pants, brandy colored turtleneck sweaters that brought out the color of his eyes.... I was beginning to believe that he was gay. It's not that I don't care what everyone is wearing, I was just getting tired of every single situation that these characters found themselves in being bogged down in the details of their clothing! Surely there are more important things in a story like this than the fashion!
As for the story, well, it's typical Christian fiction with different characters and a different setting. What I wouldn't give for some Christian author to break the mold and be daring enough to have their characters do something bold! Instead, the two main characters of 'Chateau', Freddie and Cranwell, do very little except debate theology in the kitchen, cook and take walks. The so-called 'intrigue' on the back of the book is Freddie's assistant, Severine's erratic behavior and obsession with finding a lost artifact that proved the chateau's mistress was Jewish. Freddie starts to notice that little things in her home are coming up missing or being moved in a strange way. That's not intrigue, it's an annoyance. It's also boring. I noticed that someone described this book as historical fiction. It's not. The excerpts from the 14th century journal are, but the story is not. It takes place in modern time, and aside from the fact that takes place in a castle and one of the characters is writing a historical novel, there is nothing 'historical fiction' about this book.
As I started to write this review, I almost liked this book. I was going to give it three stars. Now that I've considered it a little longer, I've come to the conclusion that I really didn't like this book at all. Sorry to all you readers out there who gave it five stars and thought it was wonderful historical fiction, but I didn't think so. I know you will all probably say that this review isn't helpful and whatnot in anger against my opinion, but that's your opinion. This is how I honestly feel about this book. When I finished it last night, I was half convinced that it was okay, but not great. Now, I really know that I didn't like it, and this book will definitely be in my next garage sale.