An irresistible proposition to live in a mysterious lonely castle in the heart of France, a secret hidden for more than half a century, and a young woman's desperate fight for survival.

When an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Elsa’s life is falling apart, abandoned by her partner, kicked out of her stepmother’s house, jobless, a young single mother of a 1-year-old baby. When she receives an unexpected offer to leave Barcelona and move to France, to live and work in a magnificent castle, all expenses paid, surrounded by horses, forests, and beautiful lakes, she jumps at the opportunity, eager to start a new life.

But Lacroix Castle has been hiding a dark secret since WWII, when it had become the summer residence of Marshall Pétain, head of the French collaborationist government with Nazi Germany.

Elsa has awoken a terrifying enemy, but will she find the inner strength to face it and save her family?

LACROIX(2023) (ENGLISH) COVER (v1.1) (2-11-23) HOrse, castle and fields



In the novel, Lacroix castle was the summer residence of Marshal Philippe Pétain, Chief of State of the French collaborationist government at Vichy during WWII.

In the novel, Lacroix castle is located in a peaceful beautiful region in the true heart of France. There are more than 40,000 castles in France and not all of them are Medieval; in fact, some can be dated back to the 9th century, all the way until the present.

France has written key pages in the European history, and castles play a key role in many of those stories.

"When our world seems to come to an end and we’re at the end of our rope, if we’re brave enough to break with the past and start a new life, fate may give us another chance, it may surprise us with the unexpected, making all sacrifices worthwhile."

Xavier Vidal


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