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In this true story, Armande Martel, a young nun from Quebec, is arrested by the Germans in 1940 during a stay at her religious order’s mother house in Brittany. She spends the war years in a German concentration camp. After her return to Canada, she leaves the Church, finds the love of her life in Montreal, and adopts Lise Dion.

Growing up, Lise is familiar with only a few facts of her mother’s past. It’s when she clears her mother’s small apartment after her death that Lise Dion discovers the key to the blue trunk, which was always locked. This key unlocks the mystery of Armande’s early life, and Lise decides to write The Secret of the Blue Trunk.

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The Secret of the Blue Trunk
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January 7th, 2015
Brings back hardships my parents and grandparents faced during the second world war . Amazed at how some individuals had the strength and will to survive in such hard times.
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The secret of the blue trunk
October 18th, 2014
A really beautiful story albeit the era was not a kind one. I can't help feeling a little sad that the writer's mother did not want to share the contents of the blue trunk with her daughter before she passed.
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The secret of the blue Trunk
September 3rd, 2014
I wish every book I read flowed so well. It was so easy to read and so detailed. I absolutely enjoyed every word.
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The Secret of the Blue Trunk
July 30th, 2014
Enjoyed the book immensely. A bit disappointed by the ending. It seemed rushed after such detail up to then.
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The secret of the blue trunk
July 16th, 2014
A part of Canadian history and how some Canadian citizens were put in the concentration camps I had never known. A nice tribute from a daughter to her m mother.
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The secret of the blue trunk
June 15th, 2014
Very touching personal story. Important part of history we should never forget... From generation to generation.
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The Secret of the Blue Trunk
April 12th, 2014
What a tribute to the strength of love! A mother's love for her daughter is reflected from her daughter back to her mother. And here is proof that bullies are fundamentally weak. We need to learn how to give of ourselves free-spiritedly. We waste far too much time and strength in having to mount self defences when we don't have each others' backs. I couldn't imagine this connection of the girls of the mat - Armande, Simone, Mathilde and Irena. The amateur literary style survives because of the power of the message. It was gripping.
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The Secret of the Blue Trunk
March 12th, 2014
Excellent story right to the end. I could not put the book down.
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The secret of the blue trunk
March 7th, 2014
A wonderfully written story about survival during world war 2. The writer shares her mother'a diary of her experience . Truly heartwarming .
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March 2nd, 2014
This book was captivating. It truly is an inspiration to treasure the life we live now. Armande's trials and tribulations were just a reminder to appreciate what I have. Just sad people were really treated this way. Thank you Lise for sharing your mother's story. It has touched this readers heart.
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The secret of the blue trunk
February 24th, 2014
Beautiful, and heart breaking --may we never forget and repeat this past
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February 22nd, 2014
It was a difficult read but was very well written. I can not imagine living though what they went through. The sacrifices they made and the risks they took to help them survive was amazing. It showed the worst and the best of humanity.
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The Secret of the Blue Trunk
February 17th, 2014
Very informative. Captivating read. Anyone interested in events that occurred during the 2nd world war should read this book.
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February 2nd, 2014
Incerdible story! The best and the worst of humanity in a book.
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January 27th, 2014
While the story started slow in the first few chapters, I was soon captivated by the story of Armande and found the book to be written in a way that portrayed a different aspect of world war two. I was shocked by some of the outcome and yet did not questioned that it had happened the way it was shared. The book portrays the courageous survival of someone caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and I have told others already that they should read it.
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January 27th, 2014
Intriquing and I loved it totally. Awesome read.
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January 27th, 2014
I really enjoyed this book. The contents of the Blue Trunk was an enlightening experience for Lise. She had so many questions about her mom's life and to find all the answers to after her death is truly a priceless gift.
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January 25th, 2014
Unforgettable book... I read it in two days, wanting to learn about the three lives of this young woman. After reading this book, I visited a concentration camp in Germany. I could understand much more.
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January 24th, 2014
The truly powerful, and powerfully true story of a woman's experience from a convent in Quebec to a forced labour camp in Nazi Germany. The story is told in journals discovered after her death. The experiences are relayed in an honest and unembellished way. An young innocent who learns about the bonds of friendship and trust, the inner strength of every individual, and even humanity and caring in unexpected places. This is the personal revelation of a survivor and a gift to the adopted daughter she loved.
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January 24th, 2014
Buy this book. It is absolutely wonderful and serves as a reminder of the horrific hardships people endured, their resilience and their determination to stay alive. We should never forget the hero's and heroine's of that awful time and this book although harrowing at times, is a heartfelt read.
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