House I Loved Author:Tatiana De Rosnay This title comes from the international bestselling author of "Sarah's Key" and "A Secret Kept". Paris, 1869. Houses are being razed, whole neighbourhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussmann has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently transform Paris into a modern city. In the mid... more »st 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 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 late husband. And as Rose delves into her memories, she reveals the secrets held within the walls of her beloved house.« 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.