All the Ways We Said Goodbye
Booklist Reviews 2019 December #2
Williams, Willig, and White (The Glass Ocean, 2018) once again join forces to follow the perspectives of three women across time. Aurélie, Daisy, and Babs are united by a common thread of history and a life-changing stay at the Paris Ritz. Their story begins in 1964, as Babs, while staying at the Ritz, searches for answers about her late husband's time in France during WWII and uncovers the identity of his mistress while beginning a relationship of her own. Fifty years prior, in the midst of WWI, Aurélie feels suffocated by her mother's pretentious salon at the Ritz and escapes to her father's country estate. She finds anything but refuge, though, and falls in love with an enemy soldier. A generation later, during WWII, readers meet Aurélie's daughter, Daisy, who has grown up at the Ritz. Trapped in a marriage to a Nazi supporter, Daisy clandestinely helps families escape France and falls in love with a fellow spy. Full of heart and intrigue, the authors' latest collaboration captures women's perseverance and how history connects us all. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2019 August
As Germans occupy her ancestral home in 1914 France, Aurelie realizes that she knows the German major's aide-de-camp, but their new love leads to betrayal and Aurelie's escape to her estranged American mother's home at the Ritz in Paris. Raised at the Ritz by her American grandmother, Daisy is involved in resistance activities during World War II until she learns a terrible family secret. In 1964, Barbara Langford is told by an American lawyer that her late husband knew Resistance fighter-turned-traitor La Fleur, and the two are off to Paris—and the Ritz. From historical fiction champs Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White.Copyright 2019 Library Journal.