The Room on Rue Amélie

The Room on Rue Amélie

A Novel

Book - 2018 | First Gallery Books hardcover edition
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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."-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, 2018
Edition: First Gallery Books hardcover edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781501171406
9781501190544
Branch Call Number: HARMEL
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 24 cm

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JessicaGma Sep 04, 2018

It's a good entry into the genre of "Old Timey people having romantical problems during wartime" but did not do it for me as much as All the Light We Cannot See and other such entries. It's a solid story, and you can see the ending coming from a mile away, but if this is your jam, then you'll enjoy it.

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olemissann
Aug 15, 2018

Excellent historical fiction novel about occupied France during WWII from the perspective of an American living in France, a young Jewish girl, and a British pilot. Their lives become entangled and make the world a better place. After reading the last chapter, I turned and read the first chapter again. Amazing...This really ties the novel together. Brilliant and heartwarming!

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BeckyR21
Jul 05, 2018

Considering the subject matter, this is a quick and readable novel. I would not compare it to The Nightingale or Lilac Girls because even though it is the same topic, this novel doesn't not stack up to those two powerhouses. It is much lighter than the other two novels (if a war novel can be light). That being said, I enjoyed the book. The characters are sympathetic and the plot moves along at a good pace. The ending will stay with me. Well done!!

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dtommila
Jun 23, 2018

I loved everything about this book. Before reading the last chapter I read the first chapter again then the last and then the first chapter made sense. It's the type of book I read that at the end I say WOW and I just want to hug it and not give it back.

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lgraf
Jun 19, 2018

Great read! A beautiful story of courage, love & strength during WWII in France.
Couldn't put it down!

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Flower1015
May 27, 2018

Excellent story about stranded WWII pilots being returned back to England via the underground in France.

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.

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737knox
May 06, 2018

Excellent book. Tear jerker

ArapahoeSummer Apr 28, 2018

This novel left me heartbroken and breathless. The connection between Ruby and Charlotte pulled me through the darkest moments, and helped me see the WWII German occupation in France and the Vel' d'Hiv roundup through eyes of courage.

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MrsKayStephen
Apr 24, 2018

Kristin Harmel has written a unique story chronicling the experiences of an American woman, a Jewish girl and a British fighter pilot in Paris during WWII. Harmel manages to weave together the story of the French resistance, the allied soldier and the Jewish experience in a beautifully told tale. Harmel does not shy away or sugar coat the harsh realities of war in this novel – antisemitism, rationing and food shortages, killing the enemy, concentration camps, bombings, survivor's guilt – they are all here. Central themes to this book are moral integrity, the horrors of war and the definition of family. If you have absolutely no knowledge of the events of WWII you may have difficulty understanding this story despite its well developed plot line, believable characters and excellent writing style. But read it anyway, you will enjoy it!

I received a free copy of this ebook via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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