The Room on Rue Amelie

The Room on Rue Amelie

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"When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel, she imagines strolling arm in arm along the grand boulevards, awash in the golden afternoon light. But war is looming on the horizon, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to splinter, too. Charlotte Dacher is eleven when the Germans roll into the French capital, their sinister swastika flags snapping in the breeze. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can't imagine things getting much worse. But then the mass deportations begin, and her life is ripped forever apart. Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country, but when his beloved mother dies in a German bombing during the waning days of the Blitz, he wonders if he's really making a difference. Then he finds himself in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and he discovers a new reason to keep fighting--and an unexpected road home. When fate brings them together, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas must summon the courage to defy the Nazis--and to open their own broken hearts--as they fight to survive. Rich with historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781501171406
Branch Call Number: FIC HARME
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 24 cm


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DCLadults May 08, 2018

This latest WWII historical fiction also includes some romance. This book includes much less graphic violence than other WWII novels such as Lilac Girls & Nightingale & may appeal to those who would like a lighter look at WWII. I question though whether some of the characters would have actually survived, in particular a Jewish girl & a resistance fighter. I liked the way the main character persisted in her efforts to aid in saving downed pilots but found the ending over dramatic.

May 06, 2018

Excellent book. Tear jerker

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