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Can young hearts ease a restless spirit?On the shores of stunning Lake Geneva, Gina Remy is celebrating her brother’s wedding – when the figure of a woman appears hovering above the water, beckoning to her. Ghostly visitations do not happen to Gina - a self-confessed control freak with her own successful property business, she prides herself on being level-headed. But as sCan young hearts ease a restless spirit?On the shores of stunning Lake Geneva, Gina Remy is celebrating her brother’s wedding – when the figure of a woman appears hovering above the water, beckoning to her. Ghostly visitations do not happen to Gina - a self-confessed control freak with her own successful property business, she prides herself on being level-headed. But as she is tormented by dreams and visions, her perfect life begins to unravel, and she knows she needs to help this ghost find peace if she’s to get any of her own!Enter Ollie Martin, an Anglo-Swiss property developer who’s sexy as hell and knows it. His arrogance annoys Gina, but he’s the only one who will take her seriously… and the closer they come to understanding the quest the ghost has set for them, the closer they get to one another…...

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ISBN : 23474482
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Number of Pages : 327 Pages
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The Chateau Reviews

  • Sophie
    2018-10-01 10:08

    Posted originally http://www.reviewedthebook.co.uk/2014... With its gorgeous cover and intriguing synopsis, I was really excited to start reading The Chateau. I loved Karen’s debut novel The Vineyard and was pleased to see that The Chateau was just as impressive. What looked like simply a romantic setting for a novel turned out to be so much more than that and this was a multi-layered novel which was so riveting and a real joy to read. In it we meet Gina, who on her visit to Lake Geneva for her brother’s wedding, is struck by some strange chills, vivid dreams and the feeling that a woman from the past needs her help. The story was quick to get going and fast-paced throughout but I was hooked, wanting to learn more about the paranormal aspect and completely drawn in to the side-stories here too.From the start, we’re quickly introduced to the infuriating relationship between Gina and Max. Gina is hurt at Max’s reluctance to want to start a family with her and they argue, a lot, without ever seeming to get anywhere. With their lack of communication and the building of issues between them, alongside the inkling that Max is hiding something, it wasn’t surprising that Gina found herself instantly drawn to Ollie, who as arrogant as he came across on first impressions, was at least attentive enough to try and help Gina unfold the mystery of her dreams and visions. Despite the instant attraction between Gina and Ollie, I loved how their friendship was developed throughout. Karen builds upon our insight into them both so we can see that maybe there’s more than meets the eye to both their characters. I was fascinated with Ollie from the moment we meet him because he seemed very full of himself but a little bit of charm was breaking through too.The Chateau wasn’t just about the ghostly happenings or the attraction between Gina and Ollie. There was a lot packed in to this novel which always seemed to get brought back to the same theme of family. Whether it was the hope of creating a new family that Gina’s brother and his soon to be wife had, Gina’s own desire for a child with Max or the seemingly broken marriage of Gina’s parents, the underlying aspect of this book always looked to be family. Stories that really build upon family relationships appeal to me and I loved the scenes between Gina and her mother. It was refreshing to read an outlook on a mother-daughter relationship which was positive and showed that not all daughters spend their times complaining when their mum might happen to give them a call or want to spend some time with them. I thought Gina’s character was quite inspiring too and I loved how even though there were so many things falling apart in her life, when she came to work at marketing properties, she always managed to regain a little bit of control.I also loved Karen’s beautifully descriptive writing. Her description of Lake Geneva and the chateau was absolutely stunning and enthralling and her words had a way of transporting me there, so I could imagine it all and see every detail. Even the way she wrote about the properties and the villas Gina was marketing for Ollie had me mesmerised and I could picture every scene with the book playing out in my mind. The gorgeous expressive writing didn’t just elevate the setting of the book. Once we begin to learn about the history of the location, and discover a little bit about the more paranormal aspect of the novel, I was really involved in the plot and completely gripped. The portrayal of the chateau was so eerie and enchanting and as we begin to uncover some of the mystery, there were great twists that I hadn’t been expecting and an ending which felt completely fitting. Again, Karen Aldous leaves me with a novel that feels like it will be so memorable, and The Chateau was much more beautiful and compelling than me, even with my complete faith in this author’s writing ability, had anticipated.*book received via Netgalley for an honest review.

  • Jo Hughes
    2018-10-01 04:13

    I would like to say thank you to Carina UK for approving me to read this on NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  Also when asked by Tay would I take part in the blog tour I jumped at the chance to move this book up my TBR pile.When we first meet Gina she is arguing with her long term partner Max it's the same argument over his commitment issues.  Especially as they are attending Gina's brothers wedding.Gina bumps into the loud brash Ollie, but Ollie isn't really loud and brash it's the drink that's talking.  Gina and Ollie keep being thrown together due to circumstances.  Gina starts to have vivid dreams and she is convinced there is more to these dreams/nightmares they seem all too real.Karen even throws in a mystery that had me guessing and I found I was dying to find out what happened next.Having read Karens debut novel earlier in the year I was hoping this would live up to the same quality as The Vineyard and not only did it live up to it, The Chateau surpassed it in so many ways.  If you haven't read either of Karens books I suggest you do. I couldn't help like her characters, some are so easy to like and sometimes they are frustrating but that all adds to a wonderful book.

  • Kim
    2018-10-10 11:04

    When Gina sees a ghostly apparition at her brothers wedding she is disturbed. She keeps seeing the woman and wonders why she has been chosen. She meets Ollie at the wedding but he comes across as very full of himself and she wants to keep a wide berth. Fate throws them together as he is selling some luxury homes by the lake and she's a property dealer. She agrees to help advertise them back in London and they meet up when showing the properties. She is very attracted to him- but the ghostly figure tries to intervene to get them both to settle something that is preventing the ghostly figure having eternal rest.I loved the mix of the ghostly story which wasn't really a huge, spooky tale- with the romance and family drama throughout the book.A great book for relaxing with.Many thanks to Carina Uk for a copy of this book.

  • Rebecca
    2018-09-29 10:02

    Originally posted on Becca's Books ~ http://beccasbooooks.blogspot.co.uk/Firstly, let's talk about that cover. Yes, it's beautiful, yes, it's so-totally-swoon-worthy, and yes, it caught my attention immediately. But, and this isn't a bad but, there is so much more to The Chateau than romance and an exquisite setting. I had images in my mind of a romance story that would take my breath away, and even though the romance within did that exactly, there was just so, so, so much more to it than that. In The Chateau, we're introduced to Karen's heroine Gina Remy. As soon the story opens, we're faced with an argument that is taking place between Gina and her husband Max. It becomes clear almost instantly that problems have been going on between the two for some time. As the argument continues on, it's revealed that Max has been side-stepping the matter of beginning a family, despite them both agreeing that it was something that they wanted, at the beginning of their relationship. Since then though, the relationship and man that Gina once adored and knew so well has changed an awful lot. "Was she so wrong in wanting a family when it was something they'd planned?" Gina was frustrated with it, and to be honest, I couldn't blame her at all. As the story progresses, you begin to understand why Gina is so upset. It seems to her that their relationship is going nowhere, and Max, quite simply, doesn't seem bothered at all. So, before the story has even truly begun, we already know that the main character is having problems with her other half, and to me, that added a whole bunch of drama and oomph to the story, even though I was only one chapter in. Within that chapter, I think I learnt a lot about Gina.She was obviously desperate to start a family with Max, and it seemed to me that she was feeling unfulfilled and unwanted within that relationship. And if it was something that they'd planned right from the start, then why the hell wouldn't she be feeling like that? I'm not going to lie, I took Gina's side immediately, and I was just dying to catch something sneaky going on with Max, so that Gina could gather the strength to kiss the loser goodbye! As the story really began to gather the wind beneath its sails, I realised that this wasn't just any old romance story, it was unique, so unique in fact, that it was supernatural. I know, right? Definitely not what you'd expect with that cover is it? But readers, know this, it was extraordinary. Not only is there a supernatural being involved within this story, but this supernatural being, known as Agnes Francescia, is also given the chance to get her thoughts across when Karen switches to her narrative every now and again before chapter changes. ARGH! I KNOW! I absolutely freaking loved this and it's something that I haven't read before now. It all begins when Gina heads to Lake Geneva to celebrate her brother's wedding, and things begin to get creepy. Ghostly figures, twisted dreams and a series of freaky happenings, it quickly becomes clear that Gina is being followed for a reason. The Chateau holds a past that goes beyond Gina's wildest dreams, and for some reason, she's been chosen to figure out what went all those centuries before. With the help of Ollie Martin, attractive, dishy and slightly cocky, the two set out together to uncover the truth and finally put the restless spirit at peace. Not only did Ollie appear at the right time when Gina's relationship was, bit by bit, falling apart, but he turned out to be Gina's confidant, and the only person who she felt she could talk to about what she'd seen, without being laughed at. I loved Ollie, he was cheeky and wound Gina up endlessly, but I knew that he was just what Gina needed, instead of stupid, idiotic Max who I seriously took a dislike to. Not only does The Chateau focus on the ghost of Agnes Francescia, but there's a real family feel involved too. Like Gina's mother for instance, who begins to have problems of her own as the plot continues. I loved that this was included because for a while, it took your attention away from Agnes Francescia and allowed you to focus on something else for a little while, so it wasn't constantly in your face. There was so much going on within this story, and I was completely and utterly hooked from the get-go. After reading The Vineyard by Karen Aldous, I could not wait to get started on The Chateau. I suppose my expectations were pretty high, but Karen blew my mind repeatedly during my reading of this beautiful story. There was so much history drenching the words, so it was also like a mini history lesson, too. Becca's Books is rating The Chateau by Karen Aldous with FIVE GORGEOUS CUPCAKES! This is just the sort of story that forces you to sit up straight and really pay attention to what's going on because you don't want to miss a single thing. This is definitely worth five of my cupcakes, without a doubt. Karen, thank you for writing such a gorgeous story, and Carina, thank you so much for providing me with a digital copy via NetGalley. I thoroughly enjoyed The Chateau, and I'm sure my readers will, too!

  • Dawn
    2018-10-05 10:55

    I was given an ecopy of this book by Karen's publisher Carina UK in exchange for an honest review which I'm more than happy to give. I had previously read Karen's debut novel The Vineyard and loved everything about it from the cover, to the characters, plot and location - it truly was an indulgent read that merged reality with escapism in equal measures. I loved it that much I couldn't wait to read Karen's next offering.The Chateau is Karen's second book, another beautiful cover, so inviting it is impossible to resist. I was sure that The Chateau would live up to my expectations and I wasn't disappointed - it was even better!The Chateau is a story that has melded contemporary women's fiction with a mystery. Gina is in Switzerland for her brothers wedding and finds herself having two unwelcome encounters. The first from the arrogant, loud mouthed Ollie - cousin to the bride and the second in the form of a ghostly vision seen on the shores of Lake Geneva.Far from having a relaxing few days in Switzerland, enjoying time with her family and her brother's wedding, Gina finds herself emotionally drained. She begins to have vivid, dreams, well more like nightmares and is convinced that they are as a result of the vision she saw at the lake. A women who she feels is trying to tell her something and begins to lead her on a mysterious journey. Then there was Ollie, who is loud, brash and embarrassing - yet Gina can't help but be drawn to him. She knows she shouldn't get too close and uses her long term relationship with Max as a shield to hide behind whilst observing him from afar. But, without meaning to, she finds him walking with her, side by side whilst she pursues 'the vision from the lake', just at a time when she needs a reliable, trustworthy friend.The Vineyard was a fast paced novel that I found difficult to put down. Each and every character necessary to the plot and wove between several threads with the story based in England, Switzerland and latterly Italy. Karen's descriptions are so very vivid, I could clearly see and imagine the numerous locations, from the bright, airy, modern villas to the cold,dank chateau on the lake and the hotels in Venice. Added to this Karen has developed characters that evoked feelings both good and bad, about characters I ended up really caring about. Even Max who is seemingly allergic to commitment and quite quickly things between him and Gina come to a head. Though, nothing could prepare Gina for the ultimate showdown that sees Max in all his true colours. He doesn't tell Gina lies as such, he just doesn't tell the truth, burying himself in his charity work to avoid the inevitable confrontation. This book demonstrates the power of love, trust, commitment and faith. It emphasis the necessity for strong relationships in our life both with family and friends and sometimes it's right to go with our gut feelings, casting aside doubt to take a chance, allowing inner courage and faith to guide the way. I truly loved everything about this book and cannot wait for my next 'Karen Aldous' read.

  • Isabell
    2018-09-18 06:54

    First posted on Dreaming With Open EyesActual rating: 4.5I kindly received The Château in exchange of an honest review by the author via NetGalley.Since starting up her new business about the property market in London Gina Remy hadn’t much of a chance to see her Family lately. Therefor she is more than happy to attend her brother's wedding at Lake Geneva. Ginas's parents came out to Switzerland while she was at Univerity. When the figure of a woman appears hovering above the water, Gina's world turns upside down. From now on Gina is haunted by nightmares every night. She was sure this woman was seeking some kind of help. Was this woman trying to get her understand something? That could be the only explanation otherwise why did she keep coming back? It could only be some kind of spirit trying to tell her something. She needs to help this ghost find peace if she’s to get any of her own but who could she turn to, or trust to? Not only did Ollie Martin appear at the right time when Gina's relationship was, bit by bit, falling apart, but he turned out to be the only person who she felt she could talk to about what she'd seen, without being laughed at. We are following Gina and Ollie as they trying to put the piece together to solve the mystery. Are they on the right path?Karen Aldous is a new author to me, but The Château has put her firmly on my list of authors whose books I have to read and keep track of, because it was simply amazing. It is a perfect mix of everything that I look in a book: love, drama, humour, suspense, it has brilliant characters and very original plot. It keeps you guessing, it makes you fall in love or hate the characters, it makes you root for them. Gina, a very loveable character with bags of confidence and personality, a big heart and successfully independent. For Gina, Ollie was rather presumptuous and arrogant at times he did seem nice and find her quickly drawn to Ollie while trying to figure out what is going on with the nightmares. Gina could feel a genuine connection to him. A deep feeling that came from the heart rather than from the head. I loved Ollie and how cheeky he was. The chemistry nearly exploded between them. I enjoyed that the plot was not only focused on the ghost of Agnes-Francescia. It's good a change to follow Gina's life in London and how she supported her mother in a difficult time. I loved how the story developed, I loved waiting for the situations to be explained and I couldn’t wait to know if Gina and Ollie resolves the mystery. It was hard for me to put the book down. The ending left me very contend, I couldn’t wish for a better one. As much as the book was about very serious issues and had some very heart wrenching moments, it was written with a lot of humour and easy to follow. This novel is a great combination of romance, mystery and the paranormal.

  • Simona
    2018-10-13 11:05

    *Book provided by the publisher on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*Another beauty by Karen Aldous!!! I loved Karen’s debut novel The Vineyard and couldn’t wait to start this!The story follows Gina. We meet her on the way to her brother’s wedding at Lake Geneva in Switzerland. It’s a beautiful place and I felt strongly connected to it, not only because it’s Switzerland, but I really love it there and it’s great to read a book and know where they are. Gina’s relationship with her boyfriend Max is nor really progressing. She wants a family, but he ignores her and he seems to hide something. I loved it though, how Gina git on with his daughters.Well, at the wedding she meets Ollie and there is a connection between them immediately. I loved how their friendship developed though first. It was not attraction and just passion, no they built up a real friendship first.Both coming from the same section of profession they start working together and when Gina has to go down to Lake Geneva more often, because of her mum, they see each other regularly.Ollie was special to me from the start and I cannot really explain why. Yes, he was a bit arrogant and full of himself at times, but then again he was so sweet, caring and always there for Gina. He had a lot of charm.This is not only a story of friendship and love, not it also includes mystery, a mystery that brought Ollie and Gina closer together.When Gina starts to see a ghost around The Château, she is confused at first, but then she confides in Ollie and to my surprise he didn’t laugh, he took her seriously and it turned out that there was a huge story behind it all, discovering things from the past. That added an extra spark and drama to this already wonderful story.Gina still had to figure out what Max was hiding and finding out the truth made her break up with him – finally!!! I was waiting for that a long time.I really loved how slowly their relationship developed, but the chemistry was always there.Gina is a really inspiring character, fighting and not giving up and the scenes between her and her mother were great. A real mother-daugther insight.I adored Karen’s descriptive and rich writing, it was full of details and the descriptions of Lake Geneva, The Chateau and all these beautiful places was stunning. This is perfection on so many levels, well done Karen!!!

  • Kathy
    2018-10-13 09:02

    This novel is a great combination of romance, mystery and the paranormal. Gina attends her brother’s wedding at Lake Geneva and encounters two things: and obnoxious but engaging Ollie and a frightening vision of a woman who seems to be asking Gina for help. Gina finds herself drawn to Ollie while trying to figure out what is going on with the vision. In addition, to the vision, which reappears periodically, Gina begins to have strange but beguiling nightmares of this woman in a dungeon setting trying to hand her something. After much discovery, Gina, aided by Ollie, realizes the woman is part of the nearby chateau’s history of women tortured and burned to death centuries ago as part of a medieval witch hunt. Can they help this poor woman with her task? Can Gina ever free of this haunting presence. In this book, we follow Gina and Ollie as they follow and piece together clues to the solution. The author has given the reader a well-developed story about this ages old mystery/curse, while carefully developing the relationship between Gina and Ollie. However, Gina has lots of other things going on in her life, all of which impact and become an integral part of the story plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. However, there were a few times when I thought it dragged a bit, as I eagerly awaited the next installment in this tale. Perhaps I was just too anxious to see what was going to happen next. The main and other characters are well-developed as is the unique and fascinating plot, all set in a location that will both enthrall and intrigue the reader. The author easily transports the reader to a foreign country and culture, all the while holding the reader’s complete attention and interest. The many twists and turns of this plot as Gina and Ollie work to solve this mystery kept me eagerly glued to the book, waiting for the next clue or event. I have not read any other books by this author, but found this book so compelling and interesting that I will seek out her others, for I figure they will be as good if not better. I received this from NetGalley to read and provide and honest review.

  • Rebecca Raisin
    2018-10-07 08:58

    Karen Aldous has a unique ability to transport you to whichever exotic location she's writing about. Her prose is so vivid and descriptive you end up feeling as though you're strolling along the waters edge with the characters, looking at the Chateau in the distance wondering what secrets will unfurl as the story continues. This story has a few different layers to it, and for me that made it even more enjoyable. There's a mystery surrounding the old chateau, and Gina the main character, has a lot going on in her busy life when she comes face to face with Ollie, at her brother's wedding. Weddings can be chaotic at the best of times, and Gina has one thing after another set to test her strength. I really felt for her, with her relationship with Max, and the family problems with her mother and father. There's plenty of twists and turns, and a mystery to solve before Gina can perhaps get a good nights sleep again. I loved that I never knew what was going to happen, and the ending was so gorgeous! What a surprise! Also as an aside, I loved the real estate office, and her staff, and their property deals, maybe that's just me! But I found that dynamic kind of business fascinating to get a birds eye view into. Loved the complexity of family, and all that goes with it, it rang true, and life like, and I could relate! Highly recommend.

  • Elaine
    2018-10-14 08:22

    A great combination of relationships breaking down whilst others are developing, together with all the emotional turmoil that ensue from this are dramatically and empathetically portrayed in this brilliant novel which spans the centuries as Gina tries to discover why she keeps having nightmares and seeing a ghost! Her journey of discovery involves many upsetting discoveries concerning several people she loves and trusted. She finds that everything in life isn’t always straightforward and imperfections are allowed.The characters and setting of this book are vividly portrayed, making the reader feel they are actually part of the story. This was a difficult to put down book and I have no hesitation in recommending anyone who likes their romance stories spiked with a big dose of mysterious, paranormal happenings to read it.Thanks to the author, publishers and NetGalley too for letting me read this book in exchange for this, an honest review.

  • Rachel Gilbey
    2018-09-26 09:56

    Beautiful romance between Ollie and Gina, no matter how much both of them try and fight the chemistry. The setting of the book is mainly in and around a Lake in Switzerland, that on one side has a Chateau, that is key to certain points of the story, and on the other a set of lake-view apartments that Ollie developed, and Gina is trying to find buyers for.The main draw of the book for me though, was the spirit that makes itself known to Gina, mainly through incredibly vivid dreams/nightmares, and seems to want Gina to help her.Although not normally a fan of any paranormal activity, I was quite comfortable with this ghost, and the few sections written from the spirit's point of view, were definitely enlightening. Loved reading The Chateau, and thought it was good to see that Karen Aldous was able to write two completely different stories (although with some similar themes) for her first two books. I hope this continues to be the case.

  • Gina Henning
    2018-09-20 10:22

    Wow, I feel like I've just ended a great European vacation. I loved this book. I felt like I was there enjoying all of the beautiful landscapes of Switzerland, Italy, and England, along with the characters.There were several moments during this read, where I was irritated at some of the characters, which on one hand is wonderful as the author made me feel something and then on the other hand I wanted to be able to reach into the book and bop them on the head! Ha! But wow, the twists in this book were so fantastic, I didn't see several of them coming and it was such a thrilling moment as the author surprised me!I don't give away endings in my reviews or any spoilers but I was very concerned about a certain couple and how it would end and I am extremely happy about the ending.If you are looking for a well woven tale that will whisk you away on a exciting European romantic adventure, then grab The Chateau immediately!

  • Julie
    2018-10-13 03:57

    After reading Karen’s first book set in the South of France, I was eagerly awaiting this one. It didn’t disappoint! Set on the banks of Lake Leman in Switzerland, the backdrop to the story is pure escapism at its best. This book has darker undertones, however, as Gina is haunted by the spirit of an Italian ghost. Switching between England, Italy and Switzerland, (on occasion perhaps just a little too often in my opinion) Gina has to find out what the ghost of the lake wants her to do. She knows she won’t be able to sleep soundly until the ghost is at rest. With her personal life in turmoil, she finds herself drawn to rich, slightly arrogant Ollie. It is the intense realism of the characters set against beautiful scenery with a paranormal plot and a heavy dash of romance that makes this story work. Can highly recommend.

  • Elizabeth
    2018-10-07 12:22

    This was such a fun book to read. It had everything I was looking for - a great story filled with ghosts, a beautiful setting and some romance. I enjoyed the characters, particularly Gina, grow into a wiser young woman. The only issue I have with the book is that I didn't feel the fear that was described when Gina first met the ghost. While the author provided a great description, I just didn't feel like Gina felt how I would feel in the same situation. Like I said, just a small criticism...Thank you to NetGalley and Carina UK for the opportunity to read and provide an honest review of The Chateau.

  • Beyond the Pages
    2018-10-19 11:22

    The Chateau was such an unusual kind of story. It had romance, family drama, betrayals, suspense, and a little bit of the fantastical weaved into it. I enjoyed reading it, but I cannot say that I absolutely loved it. In actuality, this book started in ebbs and flows, in my opinion. I had to encourage myself to keep reading it. Once the pace evened out, however, I was thoroughly intrigued with what the outcome would be. Rating: 3/5Recommend: YesA complimentary e-copy of this title was made available by the publisher in exchange for an honest critique. The words I have expressed are my own. I was not required or expected to submit a positive review.

  • Katherina
    2018-10-01 09:55

    After yet another big fight with her boyfriend and the trip to Switzerland, Gina is mentally exhausted and tired at her brother's rehearsal reception. This must be the reason why she sees a ghostly apparition (or is the gin tonic to blame), right? Ghost stories are usually not my thing, but this story is really well done, the story is multifaceted and keeps you guessing for a long time. A recommended read for sure.

  • Susans book review (susan miles)
    2018-09-19 04:00

    was given this book for a honest review. i gave this a 5 star cos i really did enjoy the book i loved the story and the plae where she lived is a really nice place where she was from, loved the characters in the book didnt like max but i loved ollie hoping all the way through the book that they got together

  • Catherine
    2018-10-19 09:19

    I found this very hard to get into and had to give up.

  • Katlyn Duncan
    2018-09-23 05:20

    This was my first book by Aldous and I enjoyed it very much! I look forward to reading more in the future from this author.