The House I Loved Author:Tatiana de Rosnay 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 hist... more »ory—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...« less
In the 1860s, Baron Haussmann's move to modernize Paris lead to the destruction of many narrow streets and the buildings on them to make room for the city's current broad boulevards. Written through the eyes of a woman who lives through the destruction of her home and the life she knew and treasured, Rose Bazelet's story unfolds. I liked de Rosnay's previous novels better than this one, but it was a moving story nonetheless.