An epic saga from New York Times bestselling author Stephanie Dray based on the true story of an extraordinary castle in the heart of France and the remarkable women bound by its legacy.

[A] Riveting tale of place where the past still echoes in the stones

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Favorite Frances Perkins Quotes

I'll keep this updated as I stumble over more. "The accusation that I am a woman is incontrovertible." "I came to Washington to work for God, FDR, and the millions of forgotten, plain common workingmen." "But with the slow menace of a glacier, depression came on. No...

Lafayette and the Champs de Mars Violence

This week marks a sad anniversary of the so-called Champs de Mars Massacre in Paris France, on July 17, 1791. The country was ostensibly a constitutional monarchy, but the king and the royal family had just fled Paris, only to be recognized on the road, and returned...

We All Come to the Same Night

On June 19, 1946 Beatrice Chanler passed away. She was traveling by train with French diplomat Alexis Leger, also known as Nobel prize winning poet Saint-John Perse. The two had spent summers together at her home in Islesboro, Maine since his exile from France after...

Let’s Put Lafayette On The Map!

In 1824, Lafayette made his Farewell Tour, visiting all twenty-four of the then United States. In anticipation of Independence Day I'd like to see him in all 50 states, and you can help! [video width="1080" height="1080"...

What I’m Working on Next!

I love writing about unsung historical women, and my next subject will be Frances Perkins, the Founding Mother of 20th century America. FDR's right hand woman, the first female cabinet secretary, and the woman whose lonely fight to save Jewish refugees from the rising...

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I don’t just write historical fiction–I read it, too! I love talking with readers about new books, favorite authors, and fascinating people in history that I never knew anything about until I delved into their worlds between the pages of a novel. So I started my very own Historical Book of the Month Club in which I review historical novels and give away my favorites. What’s more, it’s completely free.

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