The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay

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17 Critic Reviews

In Rose, one gets the clear sense of a woman losing her place in a changing world, but this isn’t enough to make up for a weak narrative hung entirely on the eventual reveal of a long-buried secret.
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Synopsis

From the New York Times bestselling 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. Tatiana de Rosnay's 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...

 

About Tatiana de Rosnay

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TATIANA DE ROSNAY was born in the suburbs of Paris and is of English, French and Russian descent.  She is the author of nine French novels.  She also writes for French ELLE, and is a literary critic for Psychologies magazine. Tatiana de Rosnay is married and has two children.  SARAH'S KEY is her first novel written in her mother tongue, English.
 
Published October 2, 2012 by Griffin. 222 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The House I Loved
All: 17 | Positive: 9 | Negative: 8

Kirkus

Excellent
Jan 15 2012

De Rosnay’s delicacy and the flavor of her beloved Paris are everywhere in this brief but memorable book.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
Dec 12 2011

In Rose, one gets the clear sense of a woman losing her place in a changing world, but this isn’t enough to make up for a weak narrative hung entirely on the eventual reveal of a long-buried secret.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski on Feb 16 2012

...knowing how this one will end is what makes it so special.

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Globe and Mail

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Johnson on Mar 09 2012

Unlike the author’s earlier books, it is more domestic than dramatic, but this slim and perceptive diversion has an unhurried charm of its own.

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About.com Bestsellers

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Reviewed by Bess Newman

Despite the heavy emotions of this story, The House I Loved is a breezy reading experience, and that makes for a disjointed novel.

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CantonRep.com

Below average
Reviewed by Kim Curtis

But the few characters feel flat and hastily drawn, and Rose’s dedication to her husband’s family home feels forced and artificial...

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Iowa City Public Library Blog

Excellent
Reviewed by Kara on Apr 09 2012

...it is a strong story none-the-less and brings to light a period of history that I enjoyed learning more about.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Christine Crowley on Apr 11 2012

With this book Ms. De Rosnay has gone to new heights in writing excellence.

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That's What She Read

Below average
Reviewed by Michelle on May 01 2012

The end result is a novel that leaves a reader feeling restless as the story unfolds, wishing it would happen faster, and fairly unsatisfied at its ending, all for a story that had potential but fizzled all too quickly.

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She Knows

Good
Reviewed by Jen on Feb 14 2012

The House I Loved is not a novel with much action, but it is a fascinating view into the life of a 19th century Parisian woman, as well as a period of French history that is not much-discussed.

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BookPage

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Reviewed by Cynthia Boynton on Feb 01 2012

Fans of de Rosnay's Sarah's Key will not find the same kind of compelling, page-turning urgency in The House I Loved.

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Raging Bibliomania

Good
Feb 15 2012

An emotionally percussive and solidly powerful read, made perfect in its execution.

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Reading Between Pages

Below average
Apr 03 2012

I liked the plot and the characters immensely but felt something was missing as well.

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The Maiden's Court

Below average
Reviewed by Heather on May 01 2012

I think my issue was with the characters – that I couldn’t identify with them that turned me off a little bit.

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1776 Books

Good
Reviewed by Kelly on Apr 04 2012

The House I Loved is both heartbreaking and suspenseful.

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Victorian Swag

Good
Reviewed by Ali on Jun 06 2012

De Rosnay once again successfully blends a grand historical event... with an intensely personal story of love, grief and dedication.

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Becoming Madame

Below average
May 21 2012

But the truth is I was bored reading The House I Loved.

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