Mistress of the Ritz

Mistress of the Ritz

A Novel

eBook - 2019
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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 Hôtel Ritz in Paris—from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. “A compelling portrait of a marriage and a nation at war from within.”—Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network 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 pampered 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 other. Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz. Suddenly, with the likes of Hermann Goëring moving into suites once occupied by royalty, Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality. One that entails even more secrets and lies. One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very proper Frenchman. For in order to survive—and strike a blow against their Nazi “guests”—Blanche and Claude must spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish. But 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 itself. Based 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. Advance praise for Mistress of the Ritz “No one writes of the complexities of women’s lives and loves like Melanie Benjamin. In Mistress of the Ritz,  Benjamin brings wartime Paris brilliantly to life. . . . Intense, illuminating, and ultimately inspiring!”—Elizabeth Letts,  New York Times bestselling author of Finding Dorothy
Publisher: [S.l.]: Random House Publishing Group, 2019.
ISBN: 9780399182259
Characteristics: 384 p.
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary

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ArapahoePaige Dec 16, 2019

The Mistress of the Ritz is set in Paris during the Nazi occupation. But it’s about Claude and Blanche’s marriage, expectations, and the ways they betray and lie to themselves and each other. Lies to protect, lies to deceive, how and what to forgive and how to move forward.

VaughanPLKim Sep 10, 2019

Mistress of the Ritz is the story of the tempestuous marriage between Claude Auzello, director of the Ritz hotel, and his American wife, Blanche. The novel is set during the German occupation of France during World War II. Unbeknownst to the other, Claude and Blanche each assist the French Resistance in their own way. Although the story was interesting, the author's writing style was a but confusing, with too many jumps between timelines and run-on sentences.

Jul 02, 2019

Not bad considering few facts are known about the main characters. Kristi & Abby Tabby

Jun 25, 2019

This was a fairly good historical novel about Paris in WW2. The marriage between a French husband and an American woman was interesting, the fact that they were both resisting the Nazi's without telling each other was interesting. The name dropping of Hemingway, Gatsby, etc was more of a distraction than pertinent to moving the story along. If you want to read really good historical fiction in this genre read Pamela Jenoff's books or start with "Lilac Girls".

Katherine_A Mar 12, 2019

I received an advanced copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review. The Mistress of the Ritz is a wonderful read with complex characters in a beautiful setting, The Ritz hotel in Paris during a horrific time in history, WW II. There are many secrets, among the guests, staff and especially the Manager of the Ritz, Claude and his wife Blanche. I loved the character development of Claude, Blanche and the surrounding guests and staff. The storyline was intriguing and many times I did not want to put the book down! If you like historical fiction set during WW II with strong characters, this title is for you.

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