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    45 stars How can you recognize a Semite? Throw her in the back of a Nazi truck with her hands tied too tightly behind her

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    When the Nazi’s occupied Paris the Luftwaffe including Hermann Goering took over half of the Ritz as their headuarters The other half was inhabited by civilians among them Coco Chanel The director of the hotel Frenchman C

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    45 stars A mesmerizing and atmospheric tale centered around the Hotel Ritz in Paris during WWIIClaude Auzello is the director of the Hotel Ritz where he and his wife Blanche reside They have a tumultuous relationship Blanche consta

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    I expect three things from historical fiction•A good story•The ability to paint a picture so true I feel immersed in the time and place•To learn something I previously didn’t know The Mistress of the Ritz manages al

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    Captivating affecting illuminatingMISTRESS OF THE RITZ by MELANIE BENJAMIN is an engaging suspenseful and hauntingly beautiful historical fiction novel that totally captures something extraordinary here as well as fully capt

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    Oh how I love love love a Melanie Benjamin book ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I’m sure many of us knew that the Nazis claimed hotels in their occupied areas but have you heard about the Auzellos?The Ritz is a glorious hotel in

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    This novel takes place during the Nazi’s occupation of Paris I was uite aware of this part of history but this book talks pretty specifically about the Ritz It’s a very interesting piece of history which is “inspired” by true

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    Ah the Ritz Paris Doesn’t it bring to mind glitz glamour and opulence? The iconic hotel is as much a character in this book as are Claude and Blanche Auzello the hotel director and his American born wife In the pre WWII years the hotel was in its glory and the Ritz was a symbol of the finest in luxury and elegance The bo

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    American Blanche falls for Frenchman Claude After a brief dizzying whirlwind romance they marry The bliss uickly turns to petty fights in part because of their different cultural upbringings However they both enjoy the glitz of the R

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    45 StarsI read Mistress of the Ritz with a few of our Traveling Sisters and we all really enjoyed this one with us having similar thoughts on it An extraordinary real life American woman a proper Frenchman and a glamorous Iconic hotelMistress of The Ritz explores the lives of brash and reckless real life Blanche and proud Claude Auzello The Mistress and Master of the Ritz The story starts off slow and it’s all about the characters here

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SUMMARY ï SABLEYES.CO.UK ↠ Melanie Benjamin

Pered by Blanche Auzello and her husband Claude the hotel's director The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage and off the secrets that they keep from their guests and each otherUntil June 1940 when the German army sweeps into Paris setting up headuarters at the Ritz Suddenly with the likes of Hermann Goring moving into suites once occupied by royalty Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality One that entails even secrets One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this bea. Oh how I love love love a Melanie Benjamin book I m sure many of us knew that the Nazis claimed hotels in their occupied areas but have you heard about the AuzellosThe Ritz is a glorious hotel in France where the rich and famous stay Blanche an American and Claude Auzello her French husband have welcomed into their hotel the likes of Hemingway Fitzgerald and Chanel Their busy work lives keep them from facing their challenging marriage In June 1940 the Nazis arrive in Paris and of all places they set up their headuarters at the Ritz Now living amongst top Nazi officials the Auzellos marriage is in trouble than ever You see Blanche joins the French Resistance while living in the lions den Will Blanche Claude their marriage and the Ritz survive the war Mistress of the Ritz is edgy and suspenseful from the start Even though I was vaguely familiar with the Ritz being a headuarters for the Nazis I did not know the Auzellos and their characters and storyline captivated me To think their marriage was troubled and not only a war but a complete takeover of their hotel by the Nazis brought them closer together I was completely immersed in the setting especially on site at the Ritz I could feel and experience the luxury glitz and glamour The story of this couple and all that Blanche took on was extremely compelling and I loved all the well developed characters The celebrity sightings were always fun as well Picasso Melanie Benjamin is a skillful storyteller She takes her time in building her stories which completely works for me because she gets the details just right Benjamin s writing flows and is so easy to read and I remain ever a fan Overall this is a beautifully written engaging and powerful book and it gets my highest recommendation for fans of historical fiction I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom The Last Runaway keep from their guests and each otherUntil June 1940 when the German army sweeps into Paris setting up headuarters at the Ritz Suddenly with the likes of Hermann Goring moving into suites once occupied by royalty Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality One that entails even secrets One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this bea. Oh how I love love love a Melanie Benjamin book I m sure many of us On Tidy Endings knew that the Nazis claimed hotels in their occupied areas but have you heard about the AuzellosThe Ritz is a glorious hotel in France where the rich and famous stay Blanche an American and Claude Auzello her French husband have welcomed into their hotel the likes of Hemingway Fitzgerald and Chanel Their busy work lives Flat World Navigation keep them from facing their challenging marriage In June 1940 the Nazis arrive in Paris and of all places they set up their headuarters at the Ritz Now living amongst top Nazi officials the Auzellos marriage is in trouble than ever You see Blanche joins the French Resistance while living in the lions den Will Blanche Claude their marriage and the Ritz survive the war Mistress of the Ritz is edgy and suspenseful from the start Even though I was vaguely familiar with the Ritz being a headuarters for the Nazis I did not A House of My Own Stories from My Life know the Auzellos and their characters and storyline captivated me To think their marriage was troubled and not only a war but a complete takeover of their hotel by the Nazis brought them closer together I was completely immersed in the setting especially on site at the Ritz I could feel and experience the luxury glitz and glamour The story of this couple and all that Blanche took on was extremely compelling and I loved all the well developed characters The celebrity sightings were always fun as well Picasso Melanie Benjamin is a skillful storyteller She takes her time in building her stories which completely works for me because she gets the details just right Benjamin s writing flows and is so easy to read and I remain ever a fan Overall this is a beautifully written engaging and powerful book and it gets my highest recommendation for fans of historical fiction I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own My reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom

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Utiful reckless American and her very proper Frenchman For the falsehoods they tell to survive and to strike a blow against their Nazi guests spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherishBut one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude alone the secret that in the end threatens to imperil both of their lives and to bring down the legendary Ritz itselfBased on true events Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war. This novel takes place during the Nazi s occupation of Paris I was uite aware of this part of history but this book talks pretty specifically about the Ritz It s a very interesting piece of history which is inspired by true events uoting the author So I would say that Mistress of the Ritz than any of my other novels is inspired by a true story and real people rather than based on them With so few details to go on and so few true glimpses into Blanche and Claude s characters my imagination was given free reign The first half of the book is pretty much devoted to Claude and Blanche s marriage and how different American and French men are I found that while some of this back and forth between the two was interesting and even humorous at times I think too much of the book was devoted to this While reading on and on I wondered how in the world these two could really relate to each other According to the book they did spend a lot of their time apart having different schedules and at times different suites Because truly they had no idea what to do with each other after such a startling beginning So that it was easy at times to forget that they might actually need to rely on to trust in to love each other The Nazi s took the Ritz for themselves although allowing the manager Claude and Blanche and some well known residents such as Coco Chanel to remain on one side of the building and use a separate entrance Claude and the entire staff were at their beck and call always fearful that something done not uite right could lead to their dismissal imprisonment or worse There is some insight into what is going on in Paris during this time through the eyes of Lily Blanche s close friendThe book picks up the pace in the last third and I definitely enjoyed this focus on what else was going on behind the scenes to be interesting than the discussion of their marriageAll in all I found this to be a good read with interesting characters This was a Traveling Sisters read I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley Memoirs of Madame de La Tour du Pin known residents such as Coco Chanel to remain on one side of the building and use a separate entrance Claude and the entire staff were at their beck and call always fearful that something done not uite right could lead to their dismissal imprisonment or worse There is some insight into what is going on in Paris during this time through the eyes of Lily Blanche s close friendThe book picks up the pace in the last third and I definitely enjoyed this focus on what else was going on behind the scenes to be interesting than the discussion of their marriageAll in all I found this to be a good read with interesting characters This was a Traveling Sisters read I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley

SUMMARY ï SABLEYES.CO.UK ↠ Melanie Benjamin

A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful every man appears witty Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway F Scott Fitzgerald Coco Chanel and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors to be welcomed and pam. 45 stars How can you recognize a Semite Throw her in the back of a Nazi truck with her hands tied too tightly behind her back and point a German gun at her headAhh the Ritz A grand and glamorous hotel which hosts Coco Chanel Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald to name a few It is the place to see and be seen It is where Blanche Auzello who is American and her French Husband and Hotel Director Claude Auzello live They use the glamour of the Ritz to mask the trouble in their marriage Then in June 1940 the German Army sweeps into Paris and uses the Ritz and other hotels to set up their headuarters Their safe haven from the world and their troubled marriage is not so safe any Both have secrets both live secret lives which they live while trying to walk a fine line between keeping their guests happy and their staff aliveThe books begins with the couple meeting and showcases the issues in their marriage their cultural issues and through the use of differing POV chapters the reader is given each character s inner thoughts motivations and secrets Some have found the beginning to be slow but I actually enjoyed the pace I appreciated how the Author took her time introducing each character and their marital issues I thought this was nicely done to show how they grew to keep secrets had misconceptions about the other lacked effective communication skills and how this affected each other throughout their marriage and especially during a time of great danger They loved each other but how well did they know each other It is devastating to see a loved one suffer it is harder to bear than you own pain Love is despair love is delight Love is fear love is hope Love is mercy Love is angerThis book was inspired by the real life couple and the use of the Ritz during the invasion by the Nazi s during the war As not much is written about the real life Claude and Blanche Auzello the Author did fictionalize their lives I enjoy books about real life events and people Even though very little is know about the actual couple that these characters is based upon the contribution to the Ritz and the war effort have been documented even if minimally While reading this I couldn t help but wonder would I have been so brave would I have risked so much I enjoyed the story which showed how people resisted in their own way how people found courage and offered help to others at great risk to themselves This book is historical fiction but it also examines a marriage over a course of time This is a book about love about courage about pain about loss about fear about the war about resistance and the hardships of war This is a great book for discussion as it touches on many issues I was captivated by the book and was sucked into these characters lives There are many characters including the Ritz itself This was a Traveling Sisters Group ReadThank you to Random House Publishing and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review The thoughts and opinions are my own