As a big fan of WW2 historical fiction MISTRESS OF THE RITZ
was a must read for me. I've previously read THE GIRLS IN
THE PICTURE by Melanie Benjamin and it's a fabulous book and
I was looking forward to reading a new book by the author.
MISTRESS OF THE RITZ is the story about Blanche Auzello and
her husband Claude, the hotel director of the Ritz. And, I
found the story to be very captivating. We get both the
story about their lives together after the Germans invade
France and set up headquarters at the Ritz as well as the
story of how they first met and their first years as a
married couple. Blanche is a reckless American woman who
dreamt about becoming a movie star, instead, she fell head
over heels in love with Claude Auzello. But, cultural
crashes and other obstacles would dominate their lives until
the end. And, that also made this reading very entertaining.
It's a passionate love story about two people who in
different ways did what they could to thwart the Germans.
But, no love story is glamour and happiness and they both
kept secrets from each other that drove them apart. And,
there is one secret they both have together that is so big
that it could destroy everything.
MISTRESS OF THE RITZ is an engrossing book based on the
lives of Blanche and Claude Auzello. It's a must-read for
historical fiction fans. It's a book that pulls you from the
very start and keeps you interested until the very end. I
especially enjoyed reading about their marriage problems,
mostly because of the fact that Blanche is so American and
Claude is so very French and their view of married life is
so very different. And Melanie Benjamin writes so well that
you really feel like you're at the Ritz.
A captivating novel based on the story of the
extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked
for the French Resistance during World War IIâ€”while playing
hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic HĂ´tel Ritz in
Parisâ€”from the New York Times bestselling author of
The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth
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 hotelâ€™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 guestsâ€”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 GoĂ«ring moving into suites once occupied by
royalty, Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new
reality. One that entails even more secrets. One that may
destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful,
reckless American and her very proper Frenchman. For the
falsehoods they tell to survive, and to strike a blow
against their Nazi â€śguests,â€ť spin a web of deceit that
ensnares everything and everyone they cherish.
But one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude
aloneâ€”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.