To My Daughter in France... Paperback
'And to my daughter in France, I bequeath the remainder of my Estate' These words, read from the will of Irish academic Richard Kirwan, come as a complete surprise to his grieving family.
Solange de Valnay's perfectly ordered world is shattered when she discovers the identity of her true father for the first time.
She loves the man who has always been 'Papa' and the Languedoc vineyard in which she had the happiest of childhoods; Celine, her adored mother, is dead.
But the truth of Richard Kirwan's liaison with her mother cannot remain buried, and the Kirwan children and their half-sister must overcome their differences and confront the past that unites them.
What emerges is an extraordinary tale of an impossible but irresistible love affair, of passion and blind heroism, of sacrifices made for love and honour and of four families whose resistance to the German forces occupying France during WWII binds them across the borders and cultures through war and peace.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 464 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 07/08/2003
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099449935
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Review by DeltaQueen50
To My Daughter In France. With these words added to his will, Richard Kirwan revealed to his both his family in Ireland and to a young woman in France that there had been a huge secret in his life, one that he waited until his death to expose. I admit I didn’t have very high expectations for this book and perhaps that is why I did enjoy it so much. Crammed with characters who revolve around each other, jumping back and forth in time from the 1940’s to 1970, the reader is soon caught up in this tragic love story, with all it’s implications. The parts of the book that depicted Paris during the German occupation and the resistance movement, made for some tense and exciting reading. When the book moved ahead to 1970, there were various settings from Dublin to Paris, as well as my favorite setting in the southern French wine country of Languedoc-Roussillon. To My Daughter in France by Barbara and Stephanie Keating was a sprawling family epic full of secrets and sacrifice, there were parts that I admit were a little overdone, but for me, at this time, the book worked. This is the type of book that is often described as a ’beach read’, one that is big, full of passion and intrigue, has a gripping story and is overall a thumping good read.