Keys to the Castle

Keys to the Castle

by Donna Ball
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Keys to the Castle by Donna Ball

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780425239308
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/04/2011
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,250,846
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Donna Ball published her first book in 1982. Since that time she has written over eighty works of commercial fiction under pseudonyms that include Rebecca Flanders, Donna Carlisle, Leigh Bristol, Taylor Brady, and Donna Boyd. She is known for her work in women's fiction and suspense, as well as supernatural fantasy and adventure. Her novels have been translated into well over a dozen languages and have been published in virtually every country in the world.

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Keys to the Castle 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
LadyHester More than 1 year ago
This book was sweet and magical!
Annibebe More than 1 year ago
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.
harstan More than 1 year ago
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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