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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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Captivating, unforgettable
April 28th, 2015
I found this read truly an inspirational experience and humbly extend my gratitude to Lise for publicly sharing this very personal and heroic life story.
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A sad, but fascinating story
April 25th, 2015
A woman explores the mysterious past of her mother, who just has departed. The story is told in the style of a diary, and leads the reader on towards the hopefully happy ending.
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Can 't put the kobo down!!
April 12th, 2015
This was a very Very touching story,great reading. I would like to see a movie with this wonderful story.
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Can 't put the kobo down!!
April 12th, 2015
This was a very Very touching story,great reading. I would like to see a movie with this wonderful story.
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A very enticing title
February 24th, 2015
This read had a lot of substance. The author wrote it with such emotion that you actually felt that you were living these events. A book not to take lightly, hard to put down.
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Excellent
February 7th, 2015
Reallyy enjoyed this book. Found it hard to put down. Made me really appreciate my childhood and realize just how blessed it was. I hope Lise forgave her mom for keeping her secrets.
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Wonderful
January 30th, 2015
Starts a but slow.... byt once it gets going it is truly an inspirational story. A must read........
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Great read
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
October 3rd, 2014
A slow burner, but well worth the read
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The secret of the Blue Trunk
October 2nd, 2014
Awesome, sad happy ending!
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Touching
September 19th, 2014
The writing is not necessarily the best, but wow, what an amazing and touching true story. Something to take note and remembrance of for sure!
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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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Inspirational
June 21st, 2014
It is a beautifully sketched story of a mother and daughter, about a survivor, a survivor of toughest tragedies in human history.
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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
May 29th, 2014
Good read, wish the story would of been longer
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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 24th, 2014
This was a most unusual book and very well told. Lise Dion managed to capture the oppressive feeling of underground captivity and endurance. It is certainly about survival and quiet courage. The device of the notebook was intriguing and compelling and gives great freshness to the narrative.
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