Keys to the Castle

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The author of the Ladybug Farm series delivers an exhilarating new novel of a middle-aged woman who follows her heart to love and happiness.

When a dashing French poet swept forty-something workaholic Sara Graves off her feet, she did something completely unexpected: She married him. Then three weeks later he died, leaving her a house she can't afford to keep in a country she's never been to. Traveling to France to settle the estate, Sara is shocked to discover that her husband ...

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Overview

The author of the Ladybug Farm series delivers an exhilarating new novel of a middle-aged woman who follows her heart to love and happiness.

When a dashing French poet swept forty-something workaholic Sara Graves off her feet, she did something completely unexpected: She married him. Then three weeks later he died, leaving her a house she can't afford to keep in a country she's never been to. Traveling to France to settle the estate, Sara is shocked to discover that her husband wasn't the impoverished poet he claimed to be- and that the estate he left her is a 400-year-old crumbling castle in the Loire Valley. Now Sara must sell Chateau Rondelais before it (not to mention her late husband's disarmingly handsome lawyer and best friend) makes her question her decision to leave-and opens her heart to change and all its unexpected possibilities.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425239308
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 935,095
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Donna Ball has published more than 80 works of fiction since 1982, both under her own name and under pseudonyms. She still lives in her restored barn in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, where she divides her time among her three passions: her house, her dogs, and her writing.

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  • Posted June 15, 2011

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    Perfect!

    This book was sweet and magical!

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  • Posted March 12, 2011

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    Nice read...

    Nice light romantic read. When I was reading the book, I realized that it reminded me of a Harlequin in a way....with a little more substance. Well, when I read about the author, she used to write Harlequins! So - it's light reading - filler in between those books that evoke large emotions. I recommend just for a "get away" read.

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  • Posted November 22, 2010

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    readers will appreciate Donna Ball's character driven contemporary.

    Forty-six year old Sara Graves is excellent at selling things people do not want. Sara grieves the loss of her husband of three weeks, Daniel Orsay, but leaves her sister's North Carolina home for Paris to handle her late spouse's estate.

    Daniel's best friend lawyer Ash Lindeman flies home to London from Hong King; but though exhausted, he goes on to Rondelais, France to meet Daniel's widow. Ash's ex-wife Michele wants his help to insure she gets Rondelais Chateau as Daniel's only living relative. Ash informs her he will take care of his client Sara's interest.

    Ash owns a portion of the estate and Sara the rest. He suggests they sell or lease to a hotelier. Michele arrives with five years old girl Alyssa who she insists is Daniel's child. Irate Ash tells her to leave before he has arrested for taking her out of school without his permission as Alyssa's guardian. He tells Sara, a woman insisted Daniel was Alyssa's father, but Daniel denied it and committed suicide. Later Sara is awakened by a crying abandoned Alyssa. Irate at Michele and Ash she cares for the child. Sara rips Ash's head off and decides to put the castle in trust for Alyssa. As they argue, the two adults fall in love, but he believes he is not worthy of her.

    The lead couple is a wonderful pairing as her late beloved was his best friend. Alyssa is a solid support character as is much of the rest of the cast who play minor roles. The ethics displayed by Ash and a lawyer from his firm is refreshing. Although the final resolution of the lead couple's conflict seems too easy for such as complicated relationship drama, readers will appreciate Donna Ball's character driven contemporary.

    Harriet Klausner

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