• The Secret of the Grand Hôtel du Lac

  • By: Kathryn Gauci
  • Narrated by: Paige Reisenfeld
  • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (7 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From Usa Today best-selling author, Kathryn Gauci, comes an unforgettable story of love, hope, and betrayal, and of the power of human endurance during history’s darkest days.

Inspired by true events, The Secret of the Grand Hôtel du Lac is a gripping and emotional portrait of wartime France...a true pause-resister.

“Sometime during the early hours of the morning, he awoke again, this time with a start. He was sure he heard a noise outside. It sounded like a twig snapping. Under normal circumstances it would have meant nothing, but in the silence of the forest every sound was magnified. There it was again. This time it was closer and his instinct told him it wasn’t the wolves. He reached for his gun and quietly looked out through the window. The moon was on the wane, wrapped in the soft gauze of snowfall and it wasn’t easy to see. Maybe it was a fox, or even a deer. Then he heard it again, right outside the door. He cocked his gun, pressed his body flat against the wall next to the door, and waited. The room was in total darkness and his senses were heightened. After a few minutes, he heard the soft click of the door latch”.

February 1944. Preparations for the D-Day invasion are well advanced. When contact with Belvedere, one of the Resistance networks in the Jura region of Eastern France, is lost, Elizabeth Maxwell, is sent back to the region to find the head of the network, her husband Guy Maxwell.

It soon becomes clear that the network has been betrayed. An RAF airdrop of supplies was ambushed by the Gestapo, and many members of the Resistance have been killed.

Surrounded on all sides by the brutal Gestapo and the French Milice, and under constant danger of betrayal, Elizabeth must unmask the traitor in their midst, find her husband, and help him to rebuild Belvedere in time for SOE operations in support of D-Day.

©2020 Kathryn Gauci (P)2021 eBookPro

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Love historical fiction

Veey much enjoyed the historical setting of Ms. Fauci's book, weaving a captivating story throughout better known public history details and picturesque French landscape.
Ms. Reisenfeld's vivid description in native accents brought the tale alive and made the listeners believe that they were traversing the Ftench countryside watching the drama unfold in first person. Loved it! Will listen again to make sure I missed nothing the first time! Brava!