An epic, sweeping tale set in wartime France, The Silent Hours follows three people whose lives are bound together, before war tears them apart:
Adeline, a mute who takes refuge in a convent, haunted by memories of her past;
Sebastien, a young Jewish banker whose love for the beautiful Isabelle will change the course of his life dramatically;
Tristan, a nine-year-old boy, whose family moves from Paris to settle in a village that is seemingly untouched by war.
Beautifully wrought, utterly compelling and with a shocking true story at its core, The Silent Hours is an unforgettable portrayal of love and loss.
People who know me, know I love books concerned with France. The Silent Hours has France as its setting and characters that you will love and adore. You will hope with them and cry with them.
It is both moving and powerful. A story of war, tragedy and love. It has true events as its background, making it all the more poignant.
A quiet village and its inhabitants that are touched by war, has its own harrowing story and dramas. I loved Sebastian and his love for Isabelle. Adeleine is a sad lady, mute and living in a convent. I found her the most interesting.
I find it difficult to write about how I feel about The Silent Hours, because I think that each person who reads it will feel something different, but it is a fabulous affecting tale and Cesca Major has written something that just blows you away. I wondered how someones writing can do that to a person. It is a true skill.
Not a typical war tale nor a typical love story The Silent Hours is a rarity. A book to be treasured, re-read, and recommended for everyone.