Mistress of the Ritz

Mistress of the Ritz

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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 Hotel Ritz in Paris--from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. In March 1940, the Nazis sweep Paris and immediately take up residence in one of the city's most iconic sites: The Hotel Ritz. There, under a roof legendary for its unprecedented luxury and for its fabled residents--including Coco Chanel, the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Cole Porter, Hemingway, Balanchine, Doris Duke, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and now Hermann Göring--the Nazis rule over a paralyzed city. But two residents of the Ritz refuse to be defeated: its director, Claude Auzello, and his beautiful American actress wife, Blanche. They not only oversee the smooth workings of the hotel, but both Blanche and Claude throw themselves fearlessly into the dangerous and clandestine workings of the French Resistance. This is a true-to-life novel of a courageous woman and her husband who put their marriage--and ultimately their lives--in jeopardy to fight for freedom. Intimate, fearless, and moving, it spins a brilliantly and unforgettably vivid human portrait at a time of unimaginable crisis and sacrifice.
Publisher: New York : Random House Publishing Group, 2019
ISBN: 9780399182259
Branch Call Number: FICTION Ben
Description: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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In March 1940, the Nazis sweep Paris and take up residence in one of the city's most iconic buildings: the Hôtel Ritz. Two residents of the Ritz refuse to accept defeat: the director Claude Auzello and his American actress-wife Blanche. They oversee the hotel as well as the dangerous workings of ... Read More »

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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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