The House I Loved

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Pan Macmillan, May 24, 2012 - Fiction - 256 pages
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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 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 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.

Praise for A Secret Kept:

‘That rare thing – a hugely accomplished, compelling, compulsively readable novel’ Douglas Kennedy

‘A wholly captivating novel. A triumphant follow-up to the bestselling Sarah’s Key’ Easy Living

‘A sumptuous dark story... it’s the suspense that keeps you truly hooked’ Stylist

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User Review  - Claudia.Anderson - LibraryThing

letters written by a woman with no ambition to her dead husband about their house that is to be demolished in 1860's Paris; painfully slow moving, thank goodness it wasn't long Read full review

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User Review  - Smits - LibraryThing

I should have like this book more then I did. It is well written. I do understand the love for a house especially since recently we just had to sell my childhood home and I was devestated. However, I ... Read full review

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About the author (2012)

Tatiana de Rosnay is the author of eleven novels, including the New York Times bestselling novel Sarah’s Key, an international bestselling sensation with over two million copies sold in thirty-five countries worldwide and now a film starring Kristin Scott Thomas. Together with Dan Brown, Stephenie Meyer, and Stieg Larsson, she was named one of the top ten fiction writers in Europe in 2009. Tatiana lives with her husband and two children in Paris. Visit her online at

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