DNF: Chronicles from Chateau Moinesby evelyne Holingue

Chronicles From Chateau MoinesChronicles of Chateau Moines
written by Evelyne Holingue
published by Burel Press

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Where I stopped reading: About 26% on my Kindle.

Why I stopped reading: This is one of those books that I should have finished. That I should have liked. That I wanted to read. But it just didn’t grab me. It didn’t interest me. It was slow, and I didn’t feel any connection to any of the characters. Nothing made me want to keep reading this book. chrissysig
What others have rated this book: According to Goodreads, the average rating for Chronicles from Chateau Moines is 4.21. It looks like a majority of readers gave this book 4 stars. There were 7 5-star reviews on Amazon. At Barnes & Noble, the majority of the reviews were 4 stars. Just because I didn’t finish this book doesn’t mean you won’t.

About the book – from Goodreads: September 1970: Scott’s mother has recently died and his father gets the crazy idea to move his family from California to Normandy. Now Scott has to learn to live without his mom while adjusting to France. In his seventh grade class there is only Ibrahim who comes from another country. Scott doesn’t even want to play his guitar anymore. Why does his father think that life will be better so far from home?

Scott has no idea that his arrival is also a challenge to Sylvie. While her best friend is excited to have an American boy at school, Sylvie cannot say one word to Scott. She can’t even write good songs in her notebook anymore. Why is life so different since Scott moved to Château Moines?

Set against the backdrop of the Vietnam War protest era and told from the perspectives of twelve-year old Scott and Sylvie, this is a story about loss and friendship, music and peace, and also about secrets.

Although this is a work of fiction, the cultural, social, and historical background of the early 1970s in France and the United States inspired the writing. At the end of the book the reader will find a list of the songs, the names of singers, and bands mentioned through the novel as well as some elements about fashion, immigration in France, the Vietnam War, and other cultural, social, and historical facts relevant to the period of time.


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