The Room on Rue Amélie
For fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls, this powerful novel of fate, resistance, and family—by the international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and When We Meet Again—tells the tale of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the tumultuous days of World War II.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. Rich with historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.

The Room on Rue Amélie Details

TitleThe Room on Rue Amélie
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMar 27th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501171406
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Cultural, France

The Room on Rue Amélie Review

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars to this historical drama of WWII, The Room on Rue Amelie!I have enjoyed other books by Kristin Harmel, but The Room on Rue Amelie may just be my favorite from her. Set in World War II, my favorite time period of which to read, the Epilogue of The Room on Rue Amelie set the intriguing stage, as it was not until the end of the book that I knew which loving elderly couple was portrayed.In 1939, Ruby falls in love with a Frenchman and moves to Paris, against her parents’ wishes because the p 4 stars to this historical drama of WWII, The Room on Rue Amelie!I have enjoyed other books by Kristin Harmel, but The Room on Rue Amelie may just be my favorite from her. Set in World War II, my favorite time period of which to read, the Epilogue of The Room on Rue Amelie set the intriguing stage, as it was not until the end of the book that I knew which loving elderly couple was portrayed.In 1939, Ruby falls in love with a Frenchman and moves to Paris, against her parents’ wishes because the political climate of the time is uncertain. By 1940, Ruby’s marriage also becomes uncertain and now the Nazis have invaded her beloved Paris. Ruby becomes close friends with a girl who is Jewish in her apartment who did not evacuate, and later in time, a shot-down RAF pilot appears who needs to make his way back to England. The story that unfolds is one of two fearless women who help others no matter the cost. I was inspired to find out that the story was loosely based on a real person. The Room on Rue Amelie is an endearing story of WWII, lovingly told, of bravery and the utmost sacrifice. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, and it’s delightful to have a well-researched, beautifully-written account that’s “lighter.” This does not mean that this novel was lacking in depth, but instead, I could read and enjoy with ease without re-reading at times in order to absorb all the content. I read this book with Brenda, Norma, and Lindsay, and it was a treasure of a read to share with my sisters. For the Traveling Sister combined review, please visit Brenda and Norma’s blog: http://twosisterslostinacoulee.comThank you to Kristin Harmel, Gallery Books, and Netgalley, for the ARC. The Room on Rue Amelie is available now!
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  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars! I adored this novel!This was a touching and unforgettable WWII story revolving around Ruby Benoit, a brave young American newlywed woman, living in occupied Paris during wartime devastation and desperation. The story is narrated through her perspective, along with a British RAF pilot and a neighboring Jewish teenage girl. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded overlapping through their perspectives in alternating chapters.One of the things I most enjoyed about this novel was learning th 4.5 stars! I adored this novel!This was a touching and unforgettable WWII story revolving around Ruby Benoit, a brave young American newlywed woman, living in occupied Paris during wartime devastation and desperation. The story is narrated through her perspective, along with a British RAF pilot and a neighboring Jewish teenage girl. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded overlapping through their perspectives in alternating chapters.One of the things I most enjoyed about this novel was learning that Ruby’s character was based on a real woman named Virginia d’Albert-Lake. I found her story so captivating and inspiring and to discover that much of what unfolds in this book was based on real events made me appreciate this novel so much more. The author, Kristin Harmel, writes with such beauty and clarity. I felt the intensity of wartime loss and devastation, yet didn’t feel overwhelmed with sadness. There was much sorrow and grief throughout the story but it was presented in such a hopeful manner - this hope being what these characters focused on to survive. I read this wonderful book along with Brenda and Jennifer and it was an absolute pleasure. They offered such intriguing insight that deeply enhanced my reading experience. To find this review, along with the other Traveling Sister reviews, please visit Brenda and Norma’s fabulous blog at:https://twosisterslostinacoulee.com/2...A big thank you to NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Kristin Harmel for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Brenda - Traveling Sister
    January 1, 1970
    I was lost in the awe so inspiring Lush Coulee with Lindsay and Jennifer reading The Room on Rue Amelie. Not wanting to leave but to stay and savor this endearing story. Kristen Hamel gave us much to discuss and I really enjoyed discussing our thoughts and insight to this story. The Room on Rue Amelie is an easy, lighter more dramatic WWII story of the sacrifices and bravery of the heroes who take a stand against injustice. It was a nice change of pace for us and we really enjoyed the lighter, e I was lost in the awe so inspiring Lush Coulee with Lindsay and Jennifer reading The Room on Rue Amelie. Not wanting to leave but to stay and savor this endearing story. Kristen Hamel gave us much to discuss and I really enjoyed discussing our thoughts and insight to this story. The Room on Rue Amelie is an easy, lighter more dramatic WWII story of the sacrifices and bravery of the heroes who take a stand against injustice. It was a nice change of pace for us and we really enjoyed the lighter, endearing and easier side to a WWII story that still had the depth and layers to make it an intriguing story for us. Kristin Harmel does a fantastic job creating brave, strong and interesting characters here with our three main characters Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas. All fighting to survive and protect each other. We could feel their courage, love, fear and the danger they faced with bravery and we were touch by the emotional depth of this story. We all loved the heartbreaking and heartwarming ending that left us excited to discuss this story. Kristen Hamel gave us much to discuss and I really enjoyed discussing our thoughts and insight to this story. We were left very satisfied with this unforgettable story. We highly recommend. This is my first book by Kristin Harmel but not my last. I just ordered three more books by her and can’t wait to get them! Published on March 27, 2018Thank you, NetGalley, Simon & Schuster Canada and Kristin Harmel for a copy to read and review.Review written and posted on our themed book blog Two Sisters Lost In A Coulee Reading.https://twosisterslostinacoulee.comCoulee: a term applied rather loosely to different landforms, all of which refer to a kind of valley.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    Cliches abound: “You must forgive yourself. Knowledge is power. It’s a mother’s job to protect her child. It’s what’s inside a person that counts. Better safe than sorry. I still believe in the goodness of mankind. What matters is what’s in your heart. Your life depends on it”. At one point. I wanted to place the back of my hand to my forehead with a dramatic sigh.To be fair, this was my fault. I went into this thinking that it would be similar to The Nightingale. Given what I do for a living, I Cliches abound: “You must forgive yourself. Knowledge is power. It’s a mother’s job to protect her child. It’s what’s inside a person that counts. Better safe than sorry. I still believe in the goodness of mankind. What matters is what’s in your heart. Your life depends on it”. At one point. I wanted to place the back of my hand to my forehead with a dramatic sigh.To be fair, this was my fault. I went into this thinking that it would be similar to The Nightingale. Given what I do for a living, I should have known better. This is a straightforward romance and not up my street in the least. I awarded four stars because it succeeds within this genre and romance readers will positively swoon.
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  • Marialyce
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 sad wartime story starsLife was ever so hard in Europe living during the war years. When Ruby, a young American girl, meets and falls in love with Marcel, a young Frenchman, she doesn't realize the changes she will have in her life. Moving to Paris with Marcel, she is excited to be in the city of lights. However, war is looming and as the months pass, she and Marcel are embroiled in the beginnings of war.The marriage starts to fall apart as Marcel becomes more and more secretive, disappearin 3.5 sad wartime story starsLife was ever so hard in Europe living during the war years. When Ruby, a young American girl, meets and falls in love with Marcel, a young Frenchman, she doesn't realize the changes she will have in her life. Moving to Paris with Marcel, she is excited to be in the city of lights. However, war is looming and as the months pass, she and Marcel are embroiled in the beginnings of war.The marriage starts to fall apart as Marcel becomes more and more secretive, disappearing for days at a time until tragedy occurs and Ruby is left on her own. Ruby lives next door to a Jewish couple and their daughter, Charlotte. They become close and as the atrocities against the Jews escalate, Ruby takes charge of Charlotte as her parents are imprisoned and taken to one of the camps in Poland. Ruby needs to do something to help and help she does as she becomes involved in the resistance movement. Through her work, she hides pilots shot down over France and one of the pilots Thomas, becomes quite special to her. As the story plays out with the backdrop of war, Ruby falls in love with Thomas and they vow to be waiting for each other when the war ends.This was quite a nice story, one that showed how good people are when times are evil and life has turned in a horrible direction. This book was loosely based on a woman who had experienced what the main character presented in this book goes through. It was an enjoyable read but it was more of a love story than anything else, a lovely story nevertheless.Thank you to Kristin Harmel, Gallery Books, and netgalley for making an advanced copy of this novel available to me.
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  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Many thanks to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.By now many of you may know how much I love World War II Historical Fiction. There's something about this period in history I find incredibly captivating. Each story is so immersive in the human experience, offering some form of tragedy I've never before been able to imagine. After having made my way through countless WWII novels, I still find myself du Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Many thanks to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.By now many of you may know how much I love World War II Historical Fiction. There's something about this period in history I find incredibly captivating. Each story is so immersive in the human experience, offering some form of tragedy I've never before been able to imagine. After having made my way through countless WWII novels, I still find myself dumbfounded at the horrors humans inflicted upon one another. The suffering is unimaginable, no matter how many books I read. However, the constant that keeps me coming back to these horrifying stories shrouded in truth remains the same - the persistence of good. The people who fight for strangers above themselves, the stories of people offering food to someone weaker, those who harbored strangers in their homes for the sake of the cause, and countless other good deeds that may never find their way into the pages of a book. Every story, even if fictional, holds truth.The Room on Rue Amélie hooked me from the very first page and was no exception to everything mentioned above. Though I've read several books in this genre, often from the same settings, each story is new and unique. Kristin Harmel did an exquisite job of capturing this dismal time in history through multiple characters, though mainly from the perspective of Ruby, an American woman living in Paris. Shortly before the war, Ruby moves to Paris with her French husband to start a life of love and independence. Quickly, life becomes less than she imagines as her marriage starts to crumble with the start of the war. Given the chance and urged to leave the country multiple times, Ruby is determined to be part of the Resistance against the Germans instead, helping in any way she can. Finally, she is trusted with the chance to be part of the escape line for downed airmen in the enemy territory. Ruby is constantly put to the test, but her faith and perseverance never waver."The Room on Rue Amélie tells the tale of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the tumultuous days of World War II."I prefer to go into stories as blind as possible. I simply requested this novel through Netgalley for the beautiful cover and the first few lines of the blurb (mentioned above). I was pleasantly surprised with the unexpected additions of romance during this wartime setting. I was completely engulfed in the emotions of the characters and could not stop reading this beautiful book. The story begins with an elderly couple recounting their past as one of the character's final days approach. As the story continues, readers are taken through the expanse of the war, from start to finish. I have to give high praise on this aspect, as a lot of ground was covered in surprisingly minimal pages. Some authors struggle to fit this impressive length of time into one novel, but Kristin Harmel was able to do the effortlessly, without making the story feel rushed or as if the reader has missed important events in the gaps of time. Readers are able to feel the characters growing and changing as the war makes them weary, allowing them to feel a personal connection to the people in the story.As I got closer to the conclusion, I was nervous all of the ends would not be able to be tied up in the few remaining pages. Luckily, my fears were completely unfounded because the ending was unexpectedly beautiful while simultaneously heartwrenching. I never saw the end events coming and was rocked to my core. I truly loved everything about this story and was touched by the writing on the deepest level. I hate to compare novels because each is unique, but I daresay this one will stick with me for years to come, with the likes of novels such as The Nightingale, From Sand and Ash, and Sarah's Key. I truly cannot recommend this amazing book enough! Pick it up in less than two weeks on March 27th.
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    4,5 stars This story was fantastic, I don't usually read this type of books but from the moment I read the synopsis I wanted to read it and I'm so glad I did!The Room on Rue Amelie was a heartbreaking and emotional story!The writing was beautiful and flawless and the story touched me in so many ways!The beginning was a little bit slow in my opinion but after a few chapters I couldn't put it down wondering what will happen next!The Room on Rue Amelie is a powerful story, I was emotional while I w 4,5 stars This story was fantastic, I don't usually read this type of books but from the moment I read the synopsis I wanted to read it and I'm so glad I did!The Room on Rue Amelie was a heartbreaking and emotional story!The writing was beautiful and flawless and the story touched me in so many ways!The beginning was a little bit slow in my opinion but after a few chapters I couldn't put it down wondering what will happen next!The Room on Rue Amelie is a powerful story, I was emotional while I was reading it, especially in the end!The characters felt so realistic!I loved Ruby and Charlotte but especially Ruby because she was such a strong heroine!Thomas was also an interesting character!This book is definitely a must read!If you are looking for a unique story this is definitely for you!    
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    This is supposed to be historical fiction about the resistance in Paris during WWII, but in reality it's just a bad romance story using the above premise as a backdrop to tell the story. There is very little character development, and all the characters are mostly stereotypes. There is a young girl, Charlotte, who is wise beyond her years, and says things that no young teenager would ever say. For me, it's as if The Nightingale and The Lilac Girls were mashed together into one bad novel, taking This is supposed to be historical fiction about the resistance in Paris during WWII, but in reality it's just a bad romance story using the above premise as a backdrop to tell the story. There is very little character development, and all the characters are mostly stereotypes. There is a young girl, Charlotte, who is wise beyond her years, and says things that no young teenager would ever say. For me, it's as if The Nightingale and The Lilac Girls were mashed together into one bad novel, taking the worst parts of each book. (I was not a fan of either.) The writing is just awful, utilizing ever bad cliche the author can think of. I am not a fan of romance novels and this book just reinforces that dislike. I really like historical fiction about WWII, but this book should not be a part of this genre based on its shallowness. For me, it was a struggle to get through it. Thank you, Goodreads giveaways for the free book. I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it.Don't bother with it, my friends.
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    ➳I cannot believe I just finished this book in two days... This was such an emotionally sweet, semi-romantic, historic novel that took my breathe away with it's sweetness and adoration towards the writing... ➳ARC kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review...➳Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review."The Room on Rue Amelie" is a World War II romance that takes place mainly in Paris and is triple narrated by three different characters that quickly take hold of the pages. As the author acknowledges in her Afterword pages, the character of Ruby was based on a real American woman -Virginia d'Albert Lake. Thanks to Kristin Harmel for bringing to reading audiences attention another person that many people did not 3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review."The Room on Rue Amelie" is a World War II romance that takes place mainly in Paris and is triple narrated by three different characters that quickly take hold of the pages. As the author acknowledges in her Afterword pages, the character of Ruby was based on a real American woman -Virginia d'Albert Lake. Thanks to Kristin Harmel for bringing to reading audiences attention another person that many people did not know about. I find myself using a colloquialism from my region, this book can be described as "fairly decent." Simply I would recommend this book to others but I would caution that the romance seems to dominate the book. I also felt the characters were all a bit free with information given that it was a time of war and all resistance members risked getting caught by the Gestapo. But maybe that is just me! I must confess though that the ending did make me shed a few tears.
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  • Stephanie Anze
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsWhen Ruby Henderson visits Paris, she falls in love with Marcel Benoit. Ruby marries Marcel and moves to the city with which she has also fallen in love with. As the war advances, her marriage begins to unravel and her resolve is put to the test. Charlotte Dacher, Ruby's next door neighbour, is eleven, Jewish and has grown close with Ruby. As the war atrocities pile up, these two women will become inseparable.This book was yet another historical fiction work to add to my repertoire. I l 3.5 starsWhen Ruby Henderson visits Paris, she falls in love with Marcel Benoit. Ruby marries Marcel and moves to the city with which she has also fallen in love with. As the war advances, her marriage begins to unravel and her resolve is put to the test. Charlotte Dacher, Ruby's next door neighbour, is eleven, Jewish and has grown close with Ruby. As the war atrocities pile up, these two women will become inseparable.This book was yet another historical fiction work to add to my repertoire. I love historical fiction, particularly that set during WWII. Ruby is an American woman that moves to Paris when she marries a Frenchman. Loving the city and all that is has to offer, she envisons a romantic and idyllic life as Mrs. Ruby Benoit but war will foil these plans. As Paris comes under siege, so does her marriage. When tragedy strikes, Ruby steps up and becomes part of the resistance movement helping downed pilots leave Paris safely. I do like this book and, to be fair, have very liitle negative thoughts about it. The comparisons to Kristin Hannah's 'The Nightingale' and Martha Hall Kelly's 'Lilac Girls' had my expectations set much higher though. The prose is nice. By no means is this a bad book but the romance was heavy handed when I wanted more historical content. I found that the book contained one too many coincidences and certain aspects were somewhat cliched. Overall, I found this book enjoyable.I was pleased to learn that Ruby Benoit is partially based on a real woman. Virginia d'Albert-Lake was a Florida woman that married and moved to Paris. Along with her husband Philippe, they formed part of the Comet Line and helped get about 60 downed pilots out of France. Virginia's heroics made her a vital part of the resistance movement. Unfortunately, it also made her a target for the Nazis and she was eventully captured and sent her to many camps, Ravensbruck among them. She survived, barely weighing 76 pounds, when the camp was liberated. She was awarded the Legion d'Honneur (the higest honor awarded by France), the Croix de Guerre and the Maltese Cross for her brave participation in the war. She died in 1997 in Paris. Having learned about Virginia's story, I really wish Harmel had stuckk more to it. Maybe write a fictionalized account of her life. It definitely would have warranted a higher rating from me.
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  • Brandi Hodges
    January 1, 1970
    This book broke my heart into little, tiny pieces. That being said, "The Room on Rue Amélie" is one of the best books I have read this year. You know you have found something special when you find an author who can make you cry and yearn to continue reading within a few short paragraphs. When I read my first book by author Kristin Harmel a few years ago, my heart was broken and put back together so many times I lost count - and that was in one book! The characters and the worlds built by Harmel This book broke my heart into little, tiny pieces. That being said, "The Room on Rue Amélie" is one of the best books I have read this year. You know you have found something special when you find an author who can make you cry and yearn to continue reading within a few short paragraphs. When I read my first book by author Kristin Harmel a few years ago, my heart was broken and put back together so many times I lost count - and that was in one book! The characters and the worlds built by Harmel are transporting. And really, that’s what I look for in a book. I want to be sitting in one spot reading while being taken elsewhere, living lives alongside the beautifully real people I meet through Harmel’s words. In her latest book, "The Room on Rue Amélie" which will be published in March of 2018, We meet a couple in 2002. A pair who have been married for five decades of love, laughter and family. Now, it seems, the failing health of one half of this couple is looming to separate them forever. A literary device that Harmel has used in her books that I really enjoy are flashbacks. In this book, readers travel from 2002 to the late 1930’s where the book moves forward in time. Throughout the book you don’t know who the man and woman we meet in the first chapter grow up to be. As you read, you “meet” the other characters of the story. I grew to love each and every one of them and, as I read, hoped they would survive.Young college student Ruby Henderson is living in New York City in 1938. She has moved from her childhood home in California to broaden her horizons. A whirlwind relationship with a frenchman named Marcel Benoit finds her married and living in Paris by the next year. Europe is on the cusp of World War II, and in the beginning, that does not bother Marcel. He believes France will hold strong against Germany - a belief that later proves false.Ten year old Charlotte Dacher and her family live in the same apartment building as the Benoit’s. Young Charlotte is teased and mocked by classmates because her family is Jewish. On a cold December night, she meets Ruby who is standing on the neighboring terrace. Thomas Clarke is a member of the Royal Air Force. He is ready to take to the skies and into the war. As the war rages on, Ruby stays in Paris, much to the chagrin of her husband who all but ordered her to leave for her safety. Ruby, in her words, is stubborn. She refuses to leave her home or her husband. Also, still in Paris, is the Dacher family. As the year progresses and war and fear is all around, Ruby and Charlotte become closer. Ruby becomes pregnant and loses her baby all while her husband is sneaking around and keeping secrets.After finding an injured allied soldier in her hallway, and helping hide him while he recovers, Ruby discovers that her husband has been helping downed soldiers escape Paris and find their way back home and back into the battle. Marcel is found out and executed and his wife takes his place in the escape line. Countless soldiers and pilots come and go but one sticks with her heart long after he is back in the skies. As the Germans crack down on Jewish families, Charlotte is taken in by Ruby just before they are taken by the Germans. Doing her part to help, Charlotte meets a young forger -Lucien - who teaches her his trade and offers her his friendship and affection at a time when she needs it the most. This is a story of heartbreak and survival, of rebirth and resolve. Who is this couple we met at the beginning of the story? One thing I both love and greatly mourn is that Harmel's characters do not all survived. They do not all have happy endings. Life does not have happy endings all the time either. I feel like I learn more about myself when I read Harmel's stories. I can ask myself if I would ever be brave enough to do the things that these characters do. What I have that kind of strength of character? You can read this book in March of 2018. For anyone who likes history, especially history told from a different point of view than the view you get out of a history book, this is a book for you.
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  • Fareya
    January 1, 1970
    The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel is a heartbreaking and inspiring tale of love, loss and survival during the tumultuous times of World War II."That's one thing faith is especially good for: giving us strength in times of crisis"I have always found stories based during this era of time to be extremely emotional. I think the one thing they all have in common is how we get to see the best and the worst of humanity simultaneously. Its distressing to just read about the horrors inflicted on h The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel is a heartbreaking and inspiring tale of love, loss and survival during the tumultuous times of World War II."That's one thing faith is especially good for: giving us strength in times of crisis"I have always found stories based during this era of time to be extremely emotional. I think the one thing they all have in common is how we get to see the best and the worst of humanity simultaneously. Its distressing to just read about the horrors inflicted on humans during that turbulent era, and yet it is also comforting to know that even amidst those dark times, kindness and compassion was not lost. The Room on Rue Amélie tells the story of Ruby, an American in Paris; Charlotte, an eleven year old Jewish girl and Thomas, a British RAF pilot, and how their lives get interlaced with each other. I believe Kristin Harmel has beautifully captured that bleak age and put into words the fears, hopes and dreams of these three very different characters. It could be majorly classified as a romance, but I believe it is so much more than just that."Perhaps that was what it was like to love someone deeply; to feel that no matter how many moments together you were granted, there would never be enough"I don't want to say much about the story, what you read in the blurb is sufficient, just know this, that in the midst of all the gloom and oppression, towards the end, it reprises the goodness of mankind, strength of faith and the enduring power of love. There is danger, drama and a depth of feeling that'll stay with its readers. To all historical fiction and romance readers, I'd definitely recommend this. **Thank You Gallery Books for providing me with a copy of this book**
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  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    January 1, 1970
    The Room on Rue Amelie focuses on the lives of three different people during World War II.Ruby Henderson meets and falls in love with Marcel Benoit. When she moves with him to Paris in 1939 she imagines a very romantic life for them. But Paris is on the cusp of becoming involved in World War II and this changes both of their lives forever.Charlotte Dacher is a young girl who lives with her family next to Ruby and Marcel. The Dacher's are Jewish and start to see their world closing in on them as The Room on Rue Amelie focuses on the lives of three different people during World War II.Ruby Henderson meets and falls in love with Marcel Benoit. When she moves with him to Paris in 1939 she imagines a very romantic life for them. But Paris is on the cusp of becoming involved in World War II and this changes both of their lives forever.Charlotte Dacher is a young girl who lives with her family next to Ruby and Marcel. The Dacher's are Jewish and start to see their world closing in on them as the war progresses.Thomas Clarke is a member of the British Royal Air Force who ends up in Paris after his plane is shot down.These three lives collide during World War II as they fight for their lives. An extraordinary novel by Kristin Harmel - I couldn't put it down.
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  • Denise
    January 1, 1970
    The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel is an historical fiction novel that takes the reader back to WWII. Reading historical fiction novels are my favourite genre and this book reinforces why I love this genre. It s a stunning, inspiring novel about love, loss and the worst and best of humanity.The main characters are well developed, realistic and engaging. As the reader, I was transported back in time and expended their anguish, fear and passion. In the beginning of this brilliant novel, I wo The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel is an historical fiction novel that takes the reader back to WWII. Reading historical fiction novels are my favourite genre and this book reinforces why I love this genre. It s a stunning, inspiring novel about love, loss and the worst and best of humanity.The main characters are well developed, realistic and engaging. As the reader, I was transported back in time and expended their anguish, fear and passion. In the beginning of this brilliant novel, I wondered how Charlotte, a young Jewish girl in Paris, Thomas a RAF pilot based in England and Ruby a young American married and living in Paris could meet. Kristin Harmel answered by musings and brilliantly intertwined their lives.In any good book, I feel that the reader must relate to the characters. This was especially true for me! My father was in the RAF in WWII and was shot down over Germany. He was a POW for the last four years of the war. I kept wishing he had met a Ruby. Thank you to NetGalley and Kristin Harmel for the privilege to read this brilliant 5 star novel.
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  • Bam
    January 1, 1970
    *3-3.5 stars--which is a rating of good + in my rating scale. This was a goodreads giveaway win for me; many thanks to the author and publisher!Kristin Harmel has written a very nice story of historical fiction, which takes place in Paris during WWII. Ruby Henderson is a college girl from California who meets a Frenchman named Marcel Benoit in NYC. She is swept off her feet; they marry and move into an apartment on the Rue Amelie in Paris. Next door lives an older Jewish couple with an inquisiti *3-3.5 stars--which is a rating of good + in my rating scale. This was a goodreads giveaway win for me; many thanks to the author and publisher!Kristin Harmel has written a very nice story of historical fiction, which takes place in Paris during WWII. Ruby Henderson is a college girl from California who meets a Frenchman named Marcel Benoit in NYC. She is swept off her feet; they marry and move into an apartment on the Rue Amelie in Paris. Next door lives an older Jewish couple with an inquisitive young daughter named Charlotte who becomes Ruby's friend/confidante.When war breaks out, Marcel becomes more and more secretive and distant and he reacts badly when Ruby discovers she's pregnant. What is really going on in their building? And what can Ruby do to help her husband, to help her Jewish friends? More than anything, this is a love story set against improbable odds. It is also a tale of great bravery and courage, of good trying to overcome evil--even if just in small, defiant ways. The story doesn't have a great deal of depth but is very touching and enjoyable nevertheless. Keep the hankies ready for the ending!Recommended for those who enjoy the historical fiction of Kristin Hannah and Martha Hall Kelly. Harmel's story was inspired by the adventures of an American woman named Virginia d'Albert-Lake who married a Frenchman, moved to Paris and worked behind the scenes during the war.
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    The year is 1939 and Ruby Benoit is an American newlywed who arrives in Paris with her husband, Marcel. Rumors of war abound, but many Parisians think that their army will be able to repel a German attack. However, their hopes are dashed when the Germans invade France. Ruby decides to remain in Paris with her husband whose clandestine activities leave her isolated. She befriends the Jewish Dacher family who live in the apartment next door to Ruby’s. As the Nazis’ hold over Paris tightens, Ruby k The year is 1939 and Ruby Benoit is an American newlywed who arrives in Paris with her husband, Marcel. Rumors of war abound, but many Parisians think that their army will be able to repel a German attack. However, their hopes are dashed when the Germans invade France. Ruby decides to remain in Paris with her husband whose clandestine activities leave her isolated. She befriends the Jewish Dacher family who live in the apartment next door to Ruby’s. As the Nazis’ hold over Paris tightens, Ruby knows that she must fight against the injustices that she sees.Author Kristin Harmel was inspired to write this novel after reading the true story of an American woman who married a Frenchman and moved to Paris just before World War II. The characters in this novel are very likable, and the plot is compelling despite the fact that some parts require a stretch of the imagination. It’s an interesting story that will pull you in and keep you reading in order to discover the fates of the characters. Thank you to author Kristin Harmel, Simon & Schuster, and Net Galley for giving me the opportunity to read the ARC of this historical novel.
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  • Katie Kelley
    January 1, 1970
    Heartbreaking. And beautiful. And I can’t believe I binged the entire thing in one night...that’s how good it was. I kept saying, oh I’ll just stop after this chapter. And I didn’t! It was just so GOOD! This is one piece of historical fiction that gets it right. The characters were believable, the settings were magnificent (and horrifyingly real), and the story was incredible. It releases in March 2018...get it. You won’t be sorry. For fans of Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network, this is your next bi Heartbreaking. And beautiful. And I can’t believe I binged the entire thing in one night...that’s how good it was. I kept saying, oh I’ll just stop after this chapter. And I didn’t! It was just so GOOD! This is one piece of historical fiction that gets it right. The characters were believable, the settings were magnificent (and horrifyingly real), and the story was incredible. It releases in March 2018...get it. You won’t be sorry. For fans of Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network, this is your next binge, trust me. HUGE thanks to NetGalley for allowing me a sneak peek in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rachelle
    January 1, 1970
    I fell in love with the prologue of this book because it was so beautifully written and heart wrenching. I hoped the rest of the book was like that, but it fell sort of flat. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, and they all seemed to have swallowed a book of clichés that were thrown about like ordinary conversation and lost all meaning. The plot was fairly predictable, too. I’m not a huge fan of romance stories or WWII stories to begin with (which makes you wonder why I was readi I fell in love with the prologue of this book because it was so beautifully written and heart wrenching. I hoped the rest of the book was like that, but it fell sort of flat. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, and they all seemed to have swallowed a book of clichés that were thrown about like ordinary conversation and lost all meaning. The plot was fairly predictable, too. I’m not a huge fan of romance stories or WWII stories to begin with (which makes you wonder why I was reading this, but again, the prologue was beautiful), so the fact that this was mainly a romance with a bit of WWII thrown in wasn’t exactly my cup of tea. It was likened to The Nightingale, which I actually enjoyed quite a bit, and while there were similar elements in here, it didn’t have the same emotional punch.
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  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    January 1, 1970
    “Cruelty is the weapon of the ignorant.”If you’re looking for an easy reading WW11 histfic selection, you might enjoy The Room on Rue Amélie, a story of people who see injustice and have the courage to stand up and fight against it. For me, it was mediocre compared with other reads in the same genre. Although the dialogue could have been better written and the events better developed, the topic of rescuing downed English pilots over war torn France was interesting and seemed to be well researche “Cruelty is the weapon of the ignorant.”If you’re looking for an easy reading WW11 histfic selection, you might enjoy The Room on Rue Amélie, a story of people who see injustice and have the courage to stand up and fight against it. For me, it was mediocre compared with other reads in the same genre. Although the dialogue could have been better written and the events better developed, the topic of rescuing downed English pilots over war torn France was interesting and seemed to be well researched. I felt that the insta love storylines (2 of them!) were definite weak points of the story (Insta love is more common in the YA genre and is usually stereotypical). Even though I would rate the writing 2.5 and skimmed several sections, I’ve rounded this to 3 stars for a compelling topic.For more reviews visit my blog: Readingladies.com
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  • DeAnn
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars from me for this classic WWII storyI feel like it's been a while since I read a book in this genre and it reminded of how much I enjoy books with this historical setting. This one has an interesting premise (which I read was based on a real person) of an American, Ruby, who marries a Frenchman and moves to Paris before the outbreak of WWII. I've always dreamed of living in Europe, so this was fun to ponder -- would I have stayed or would I have tried to return to the US?This book has a l 4 stars from me for this classic WWII storyI feel like it's been a while since I read a book in this genre and it reminded of how much I enjoy books with this historical setting. This one has an interesting premise (which I read was based on a real person) of an American, Ruby, who marries a Frenchman and moves to Paris before the outbreak of WWII. I've always dreamed of living in Europe, so this was fun to ponder -- would I have stayed or would I have tried to return to the US?This book has a lot of great WWII elements: intrigue and the resistance, a love story, knowing what will come for the Jewish residents of Paris, and concentration camps. While these are heavy topics, I didn't find this book depressing. There were some interesting characters and good storytelling.I haven't read any of Kristin Harmel's books, but I would definitely pick up her other books. I recommend this to people that enjoy WWII stories.
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  • Rhonda Ruff
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as a goodreads win! I would have bought it anyway! Such a heartbreakingly beautiful story! People helping others during ww2! I could not put it down!
  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    Star Rating: 4.5 StarsNothing quite like trying to hold back tears at work.
  • Siv30
    January 1, 1970
    במילה אחת הספר הזה אכזבה. בשתי מילים אכזבה רבתית.כל כך הרבה פוטנציאל אבוד. ההשוואה לזמיר( Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale ) בכלל לא במקומה ואל תלכו שולל אחריה, הספר הזה לא מתקרב להישג של הזמיר.אומנם עד מחצית הספר, הספר היה כתוב היטב, העלילה ראויה והוא היה מרתק אבל מאמצע הספר בקצב מהיר מאוד, הסופרת מאבדת את כיוון העלילה והספר מתדרדר לרומאן רומנטי ואפילו לא אחד מהטובים והמעניינים שיש. השליש האחרון כל כך קלישאתי שפשוט בא לי לבכות.העלילה בקליפת אגוז, רובי האמריקנית נישאת לצרפתי ומהגרת לפריז. השנים במילה אחת הספר הזה אכזבה. בשתי מילים אכזבה רבתית.כל כך הרבה פוטנציאל אבוד. ההשוואה לזמיר( Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale ) בכלל לא במקומה ואל תלכו שולל אחריה, הספר הזה לא מתקרב להישג של הזמיר.אומנם עד מחצית הספר, הספר היה כתוב היטב, העלילה ראויה והוא היה מרתק אבל מאמצע הספר בקצב מהיר מאוד, הסופרת מאבדת את כיוון העלילה והספר מתדרדר לרומאן רומנטי ואפילו לא אחד מהטובים והמעניינים שיש. השליש האחרון כל כך קלישאתי שפשוט בא לי לבכות.העלילה בקליפת אגוז, רובי האמריקנית נישאת לצרפתי ומהגרת לפריז. השנים הן סוף שנות ה 30 תחילת מלחמת העולם השניה.עם כיבוש פריז, מערכת היחסים בין רובי לבעלה מתדרדרת באופן קיצוני כשהוא נעלם מהבית ימים ולילות ומזלזל באינטיליגנציה שלה כשהוא לא מוכן בשום צורה לשתף אותה במחשבותיו על המלחמה ועל הנאצים.רובי הפגועה אינה מבינה את התנהגותו ואינה רואה דרך לתיקון מערכת יחסיהם.יום אחד, רובי מוצאת אדם זר בעל מבטא אנגלי על סף דלתה. הוא פצוע באורח בינוני ומבקש מסתור. רובי מסייעת לו למרות שבעלה אינו בבית. כשבעלה חוזר לאחר יומיים, הוא לוקח את הטייס עימו ומבריח אותו מפריז.לאחר הצלחתה, רובי נשאבת למטרה החדשה שמצאה לחייה. היא מתקשרת עם המחתרת ההתנגדות הצרפתית ומסייעת להציל חיי טייסים של בנות הברית. (view spoiler)[ רק לאחר מותו, רובי מגלה שבעלה חבר במחתרת הצרפתית ומסייע להחביא טייסים של בנות הברית ולהבריחם דרך הפירנאים. וגם היא מצטרפת לאותה המחתרת. (hide spoiler)]אבל ממחצית הספר, העלילה מקבלת תפנית שלילית ביותר: רובי מתאהבת בטייס אנגלי בשם תומס שמגיע פצוע אל דלתה. ביומיים שתומס נמצא אצל רובי, גם הוא מתאהב בה עד כדי כך שבפעם השניה שמפילים את מטוסו מעל צרפת הוא שוב צועד לפריז הכבושה והשורצת נאצים, מאות קילומטרים אל רובי. העלילה הופכת הזויה מדף לדף עד שפשוט לא יכלתי לסבול את הקישקוש הזה יותר ועל 50 העמודים האחרונים של הספר ריפרפתי וקראתי רק כדי להבין מה צפנה הסופרת בגורלן של הדמויות.תחסכו לעצמכם את עוגמת הנפש המקושקשת הזו. אין מדובר בספר על מלחמת העולם השניה ועל ההתמודדות עם הנאצים וההתנגדות להם. מדובר ברומאן רומנטי רדוד ונחות ביותר.
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  • Lollita
    January 1, 1970
    Started off a little dull but it got better, especially the last 100 pages or so. I quite liked it, that ended though so sad. 😭
  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I'm a fan of Kristin Harmel's novels. Every time I pick one up, I know I'll be getting a good story, and The Room on Rue Amélie is no exception. Like with The Sweetness of Forgetting, she set her story in France during World War II. However, this story had a different feel from Sweetness, and reminded me a bit of Kristin Hannah's novel, The Nightingale. Even so, this novel was full of interesting twists and surprises. Kristin kept me guessing the entire time, while also captivating me with her b I'm a fan of Kristin Harmel's novels. Every time I pick one up, I know I'll be getting a good story, and The Room on Rue Amélie is no exception. Like with The Sweetness of Forgetting, she set her story in France during World War II. However, this story had a different feel from Sweetness, and reminded me a bit of Kristin Hannah's novel, The Nightingale. Even so, this novel was full of interesting twists and surprises. Kristin kept me guessing the entire time, while also captivating me with her beautiful writing and a mesmerizing love story. I really liked all three of the main characters: Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas. They carried a lot of pain, but they also grew in many ways throughout the novel. I enjoyed getting to know them and cared a lot about them by the end of the story. I don't like some of the things that happened to them at certain points though. Everything was easy to visualize, even though I've never been to France before.I highly recommend The Room and can't stop thinking about it. It will be published in late March, so save a space at the top of your TBR pile!Dream movie cast:Ruby: Christa B. AllenCharlotte: Izabela VidovicThomas: William MoseleyMarcel: Finn WittrockLucien: Aramis KnightLaure: Léa Seydoux
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    This is a wonderful new book about the resistance in Paris during World War II. The characters are well written and the story is a real page turner that will keep you reading to find out how it ends.I liked the way the author started the book with an epilogue about a elderly couple in California during current times. The wife is very ill and facing death and the husband is very distraught. As readers, we don't know until the end of the book which of the couples in the story the epilogue was abou This is a wonderful new book about the resistance in Paris during World War II. The characters are well written and the story is a real page turner that will keep you reading to find out how it ends.I liked the way the author started the book with an epilogue about a elderly couple in California during current times. The wife is very ill and facing death and the husband is very distraught. As readers, we don't know until the end of the book which of the couples in the story the epilogue was about.The year is 1939 and Ruby has fallen in love with a Frenchman and moved to Paris despite her parent's warning that the political climate could be dangerous. She is in love and it's Paris and what could possibly go wrong with her life? In 1940, Paris fell to the Nazis and her life and her marriage began to fall apart. During this time, she became friends with a young Jewish girl in the next apartment whose father felt that he had nothing to worry about with the Nazis because he was a a vital member of the economy. Add to the story, an RAF pilot who got shot down and needs to get back to England and you have a story of intrigue as everyone tries to help him without getting caught by the Nazis - which would mean certain death.This book is about two brave strong women who stood up against the evil of the Nazi regime in Paris to save their friends and their city. Readers will want to add this to their bookshelves with other recent books like The Nightengale and The Lilac Girls.Thanks to the publisher for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Paul Pessolano
    January 1, 1970
    “The Room on Rue Amelie” by Kristin Harmel, published by Gallery Books.Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – March 27, 2018.Ruby Henderson, an American, moves to Paris with her husband Parisian Marcel Benoit and begins to enjoy the, “City of Lights”. The love affair with Paris ends quickly when the Nazi’s invade Paris. Ruby and Marcel become estranged when Marcel disappears frequently and Ruby feels he may be a Nazi collaborator. Ruby befriends, Charlotte, a Jewish girl who lives next “The Room on Rue Amelie” by Kristin Harmel, published by Gallery Books.Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – March 27, 2018.Ruby Henderson, an American, moves to Paris with her husband Parisian Marcel Benoit and begins to enjoy the, “City of Lights”. The love affair with Paris ends quickly when the Nazi’s invade Paris. Ruby and Marcel become estranged when Marcel disappears frequently and Ruby feels he may be a Nazi collaborator. Ruby befriends, Charlotte, a Jewish girl who lives next door and their lives come together as Charlotte’s parents are sent to a concentration camp.Ruby, and later Charlotte, become involved with the French Underground and begins to assist British pilots who have been shot down over Paris. Ruby becomes romantically involved with a pilot but must give him up when he returns to England. Their love for each other is steadfast throughout their separation, but will they be able to last out the war and renew their romance.Although this is classified as Fiction/Literature it comes very close to being a romantic novel set in the era of World War II. The book will definitely be more appealing to those who like romance as to those who like historical novels based in history.
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    I won this title in a Goodreads giveaway & was quite excited, as I particularly enjoy historical fiction and WW2-era stories. Alas, the enthusiasm waned quickly.I won’t summarize the synopsis here as it can be easily read online; however, I do want to note that it wasn’t a particularly original plot. The heroine falls in love not once, but TWICE “at first glance.” Writing is simplistic and juvenile; the story takes on a tedious “tell, don’t show” nature; clichés run rampant; action takes a b I won this title in a Goodreads giveaway & was quite excited, as I particularly enjoy historical fiction and WW2-era stories. Alas, the enthusiasm waned quickly.I won’t summarize the synopsis here as it can be easily read online; however, I do want to note that it wasn’t a particularly original plot. The heroine falls in love not once, but TWICE “at first glance.” Writing is simplistic and juvenile; the story takes on a tedious “tell, don’t show” nature; clichés run rampant; action takes a backseat to dialogue.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    This is a fascinating novel about WWII and the French Resistance from the perspective of an American woman who marries a Frenchman, moves to France before the war begins. It is told in an honest manner and certainly looks to be well researched.I admit that I had a little trouble getting into this book, but after a few chapters I could not put it down! Ruby and Charlotte held my attention completely. Ruby, the young adult woman who marries a Frenchman shortly before WWII begins, is the stuff that This is a fascinating novel about WWII and the French Resistance from the perspective of an American woman who marries a Frenchman, moves to France before the war begins. It is told in an honest manner and certainly looks to be well researched.I admit that I had a little trouble getting into this book, but after a few chapters I could not put it down! Ruby and Charlotte held my attention completely. Ruby, the young adult woman who marries a Frenchman shortly before WWII begins, is the stuff that the French Resistance was built on. She is a brave young woman who becomes very involved in what is happening in her adopted country. Charlotte is the daughter of a Jewish couple who live close. Their two stories overlap each other.I read a lot of WWII historical fiction and enjoy most of the books I read. This book, however, made me cry and that's hard to do! Thank you to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for the opportunity to read and review this book.
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