The House I Loved

  • by Tatiana de Rosnay
  • Narrated by Kate Reading
  • 5 hrs and 56 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling 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 “modern 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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Would you try another book from Tatiana de Rosnay and/or Kate Reading?

I have already read two of Tatiana de Rosnay's books and loved both of them. This one was a real disappointment.

What could Tatiana de Rosnay have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I felt that the writing style was too dramatic and almost child-like. I could not relate to any of the characters.

What three words best describe Kate Reading’s voice?

The voice was satisfactory.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

One could not listen to this and not feel the sadness in the Parisians of the time. But I did not get emotionally invested in it for some reason.

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Love the way Tatiana de Rosnay Writes!

I love the way Tatiana de Rosnay writes, this was a great story of one woman’s life told by her in letters to her dead husband. It is 1865 and Rose’s house is being torn down to make room for the streets to be widened, she doesn’t want to give up her house but has no choice but she is not ready to leave she sends her belongings to her daughter and says she will be there soon but is really living in the basement of her home and re-living her life through memories she puts down in letters to her dead husband. Throughout these letters you sense there is a secret, something she needs to tell her husband. Plus what she really plans to do is kind of just hanging there the whole time. (no spoilers). The author also brings the times to life through the descriptions of the demolition of Paris to make way for new and improved Paris.

I found this a fascinating look at one woman’s life in time of such change I Paris. I thought this was very good story telling about well, simply about life. I went into this book expecting a good story and that is what I got , is it different from her other books, yes, why would you want an author to write the same book over and over. All of Tatiana’s books are different from each other and that’s what I like about her as an author you never know what the story will be but you know it will be written beautifully! I just really liked this one, the character of Rose telling her story it was so simple yet brilliant.

Jennifer Mendenhall’s/Kate Reading(I guess they are the same person) narration of this one was perfect I was glad she was there to pronounce all the French for me and because this book feels like story-telling I think listening to it on audio was the way to go, I found it beautifully written and narrated. This was my first book by this narrator and will definitely look for her again.

4 Stars
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- MissSusie66

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-14-2012
  • Publisher: Macmillan Audio