Most castles are protected by men. This one by women. A founding motherâ€¦ 1774. Gently-bred noblewoman Adrienne Lafayette becomes her husband, the Marquis de Lafayetteâ€™s political partner in the fight for American independence. But when their idealism sparks revolution in France and the guillotine threatens everything she holds dear, Adrienne must renounce the complicated man she loves, or risk her life for a legacy that will inspire generations to come. A daring visionaryâ€¦ 1914. Glittering New York socialite Beatrice Chanler is a force of nature, daunted by nothingâ€”not her humble beginnings, her crumbling marriage, or the outbreak of war. But after witnessing the devastation in France firsthand, Beatrice takes on the challenge of a lifetime: convincing America to fight for whatâ€™s right. A reluctant resistorâ€¦ 1940. French school-teacher and aspiring artist Marthe Simone has an orphanâ€™s self-reliance and wants nothing to do with war. But as the realities of Nazi occupation transform her life in the isolated castle where she came of age, she makes a discovery that calls into question who she is, and more importantly, who she is willing to become. Intricately woven and powerfully told, The Women of Chateau Lafayette is a sweeping novel about duty and hope, love and courage, and the strength we take from those who came before us.