All the Ways We Said Goodbye
The New York Times bestselling authors of The Glass Ocean and The Forgotten Room return with a glorious historical adventure that moves from the dark days of two World Wars to the turbulent years of the 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris’ legendary Ritz hotel.The heiress . . .The Resistance fighter . . . The widow . . .Three women whose fates are joined by one splendid hotelFrance, 1914. As war breaks out, Aurelie becomes trapped on the wrong side of the front with her father, Comte Sigismund de Courcelles. When the Germans move into their family’s ancestral estate, using it as their headquarters, Aurelie discovers she knows the German Major’s aide de camp, Maximilian Von Sternburg. She and the dashing young officer first met during Aurelie’s debutante days in Paris. Despite their conflicting loyalties, Aurelie and Max’s friendship soon deepens into love, but betrayal will shatter them both, driving Aurelie back to Paris and the Ritz— the home of her estranged American heiress mother, with unexpected consequences.France, 1942. Raised by her indomitable, free-spirited American grandmother in the glamorous Hotel Ritz, Marguerite “Daisy” Villon remains in Paris with her daughter and husband, a Nazi collaborator, after France falls to Hitler. At first reluctant to put herself and her family at risk to assist her grandmother’s Resistance efforts, Daisy agrees to act as a courier for a skilled English forger known only as Legrand, who creates identity papers for Resistance members and Jewish refugees. But as Daisy is drawn ever deeper into Legrand’s underground network, committing increasingly audacious acts of resistance for the sake of the country—and the man—she holds dear, she uncovers a devastating secret . . . one that will force her to commit the ultimate betrayal, and to confront at last the shocking circumstances of her own family history.France, 1964. For Barbara “Babs” Langford, her husband, Kit, was the love of her life. Yet their marriage was haunted by a mysterious woman known only as La Fleur. On Kit’s death, American lawyer Andrew “Drew” Bowdoin appears at her door. Hired to find a Resistance fighter turned traitor known as “La Fleur,” the investigation has led to Kit Langford. Curious to know more about the enigmatic La Fleur, Babs joins Drew in his search, a journey of discovery that that takes them to Paris and the Ritz—and to unexpected places of the heart. . . .

All the Ways We Said Goodbye Details

TitleAll the Ways We Said Goodbye
Author
ReleaseJan 14th, 2020
PublisherWilliam Morrow
ISBN-139780062931115
Rating
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

All the Ways We Said Goodbye Review

  • Paige
    January 1, 1970
    I would describe this as primarily a mystery of family lineage with the thrill of untangling the relationships of the characters in the past set over three different time periods. Secondly, I describe this as a romance. Each of the main characters has their own romantic relationship that is flourishing. Summary: In 1914, heiress Aurelie seeks to restructure her future while war breaks out. In 1942, Daisy joins the resistance though her husband works for the Nazi's. In 1964, shortly after her I would describe this as primarily a mystery of family lineage with the thrill of untangling the relationships of the characters in the past set over three different time periods. Secondly, I describe this as a romance. Each of the main characters has their own romantic relationship that is flourishing. Summary: In 1914, heiress Aurelie seeks to restructure her future while war breaks out. In 1942, Daisy joins the resistance though her husband works for the Nazi's. In 1964, shortly after her the death of her husband, Babs decides to find someone code-named “Le Fluer” who was part of the resistance during WW2 but had an alleged relationship with her husband. Historically: The focus is not on the resistance, their fight, or the war. The reader does see a bit of resistance occur, but it is short-lived because the focus always turns back to the budding romance. The story revolves around their relationships. It very briefly mentions a few things that other novels have included such as Coco Chanel and the Velodrome. The Jews and their suffering are not detailed. The setting is historical, but historically nothing new is learned. Chapter Organization : Each chapter alternates between three main characters: Aurelie, Daisy, and Babs. This takes adjusting on part of the reader. Each chapter is not short, so when a new chapter started, I often found myself having to internally remind myself which character that was and their background before beginning. Rating Explained : There were a lot of scenes in Babs chapters that I found hard to believe. The story moved at a moderate pace until around 83% when the missing pieces of the lineage and relationship puzzle start to come together. (However, it was easy to predict most of these pieces.) This is a romantic mystery that takes place in the past. Overall, I kept reading to confirm my suspicions about the mystery concerning the relationships set in the past.Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, and HarperCollins for a copy. Opinions are my own.
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  • Katie B
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsI've been wanting to check out a book by this trio of authors for awhile now because I have enjoyed some of the solo efforts of writers Beatriz Williams and Karen White. I'm not sure how they broke down the writing duties for this one but I was really impressed how it felt like a cohesive story and not three different styles of writing. This might not make my list of top historical fiction reads but it certainly was a good story and I definitely recommend giving this one a look if you 3.5 starsI've been wanting to check out a book by this trio of authors for awhile now because I have enjoyed some of the solo efforts of writers Beatriz Williams and Karen White. I'm not sure how they broke down the writing duties for this one but I was really impressed how it felt like a cohesive story and not three different styles of writing. This might not make my list of top historical fiction reads but it certainly was a good story and I definitely recommend giving this one a look if you are a fan of any or all of the authors.This story alternates between different characters and timelines which I always enjoy although I did have trouble keeping track of all the characters near the beginning. Aurelie is an heiress living in France back in 1914 just as the war is breaking out. The German military has taken over her family's estate and despite being on different sides, she forms a friendship with one of the soldiers. Switching over to 1942, Daisy was raised by her grandmother at the Ritz in Paris. Her husband is a Nazi collaborator and Daisy secretly starts helping her grandmother's Resistance efforts. And finally there is Barbara, "Babs" Langford who is a widow after the recent death of her husband Kit. The year is 1964 and Babs has traveled to Paris to meet with an American lawyer who wants her help tracking down the identity of a Resistance fighter and perhaps traitor with the mysterious nickname "La Fleur". How do these 3 storylines connect? This isn't a book in which the main goal is have the reader super shocked at how everything ties together. You do have a fairly good idea of the general direction of the story way before it is all revealed. However, because the female characters are written as strong women, whether they necessarily realized it or not, you feel invested in them and want to see how everything plays out. And there actually did manage to be one or two small surprises along the way which was nice.As for my criticism of the novel, I thought Aurelie got lost in the shuffle a bit in the first half of the book. I had the most trouble remembering the things going on with her storyline compared to the other two characters. She became distinct in my mind eventually and was an important part of the story, but I really wish it hadn't taken quite so long to get there. I also wouldn't say this is the most memorable historical fiction book when compared to some of the other books about the war in that genre. A few touching moments here and there but I wasn't moved to tears like I have been with other World War 1 and 2 historical fiction novels. I enjoyed reading this book and liked how the story highlighted some of the Resistnace efforts by women but I wouldn't place this in the must read category. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Three women, three different time periods, three different situations, but they all find the Ritz of Paris to be their comfort zone.We meet Aurelie in 1914 who lived at the Ritz with her mother. She needed to get away and had the perfect excuse. She drove her fiancée to the front, and on her way back, her car was shot up. She thankfully was near her father’s estate and walked there to only find she would be stuck there because the Nazis had arrived and had taken over the estate.We meet Daisy in Three women, three different time periods, three different situations, but they all find the Ritz of Paris to be their comfort zone.We meet Aurelie in 1914 who lived at the Ritz with her mother. She needed to get away and had the perfect excuse. She drove her fiancée to the front, and on her way back, her car was shot up. She thankfully was near her father’s estate and walked there to only find she would be stuck there because the Nazis had arrived and had taken over the estate.We meet Daisy in 1942 who was raised by her grandmother at the Ritz and who eventually helped her grandmother with the resistance. Then we meet Babs in 1964 whose husband had been in the war and had befriended La Fleur who was a resistance fighter. Babs wants to find out who La Fleur was since her husband called out her name a number of times before his death. She also meets at the Ritz with an American lawyer who is also looking for La Fleur. There are quite a few characters to keep straight, but the main characters are strong, brave, and very likeable. Babs was my favorite...her story had me laughing at some of the things she did and said. Aurelie’s story was the most interesting because of her situation but was the most upsetting. I admired Daisy for what she was doing for the French Resistance, and enjoyed reading about another way things were secretly done. The 3W's did it again!! ALL THE WAYS WE SAID GOODBYE is another marvelous, well-researched, difficult-to-put-down tale. We readers are again treated to their detailed writing, terrific story line, and smooth transition from one author to the next, but have a notebook handy to keep all the characters straight. Do not miss reading this gem. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Laura • lauralovestoread
    January 1, 1970
    All the Ways We Said Goodbye was so good! It was written by not one, but three fantastic authors. This story takes three POVs, by three women in three different timelines, with the Ritz Hotel in Paris at the center of each of their stories.This was such a beautiful story, and it captivated me right away. A beautiful story woven through the timelines of WWI 1914, WWII 1942, and post-war 1960s. I just loved this book so much, and recommend it to historical fiction lovers, and those looking to give All the Ways We Said Goodbye was so good! It was written by not one, but three fantastic authors. This story takes three POVs, by three women in three different timelines, with the Ritz Hotel in Paris at the center of each of their stories.This was such a beautiful story, and it captivated me right away. A beautiful story woven through the timelines of WWI 1914, WWII 1942, and post-war 1960s. I just loved this book so much, and recommend it to historical fiction lovers, and those looking to give HF a try!*Thank you William Morrow for this gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Karren Sandercock
    January 1, 1970
    All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a story about three strong women and all had a unique connection to the famous French hotel. The three women had lived or stayed at the Ritz, Aurelie Courcelles is a French heriess, Marguerite (Daisy ) Villon is a French resistance fighter and Babs Langford is a English widow.France 1914, Aurelie is staying at the Ritz with her mother, she makes a rash decision to leave Paris and to drive her fiance to the front. The Germans are advancing towards capital, all men All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a story about three strong women and all had a unique connection to the famous French hotel. The three women had lived or stayed at the Ritz, Aurelie Courcelles is a French heriess, Marguerite (Daisy ) Villon is a French resistance fighter and Babs Langford is a English widow.France 1914, Aurelie is staying at the Ritz with her mother, she makes a rash decision to leave Paris and to drive her fiance to the front. The Germans are advancing towards capital, all men are being deployed to the front to stop the Germans taking Paris and she's soon finds herself stuck behind German lines. Aurelie has to make it to safety, she starts the long walk to her fathers ancestral estate and she eventually makes it home. The next morning the Germans arrive, they take over the estate, she's shocked to discover a familiar face and she knows one of the officers. They met before the war, while she was making her debut in Paris, he's the handsome Maximilian Von Sternburg and she has always been very attracted to him.In 1942, France has again been invaded by the Germans, Paris has fallen and the Nazis have total control. Marguerite or Daisy is stuck in a very unhappy marriage, her husband is a collaborator, she was a silly naive girl when she married him and she now has two young children to look after.Daisy is Aurelie’s daughter, she grew up living in the Ritz and she's soon drawn into helping the French resistance by her American grandmother. She agrees to become a courier, she meets a man, his code name is Legrand he forges documents to help Jewish people escape France, soon they begin having a dangerous and very risky affair.In, 1964, Babs is a English widow, a American lawyer called Drew Bowdoin, contacted her, he's trying to find a resistance fighter and he asks her to meet him in Paris. She's of course staying at the Ritz, she's hopeful he might be able to help her solve the mystery of what happened to her husband during WW II and help her to find some closure. Babs loved her husband Kit, she kept a secret letter from him and she feels very guilty. During her husbands final days he kept muttering the name La Fleur, she must be her husbands first love and she's a French spy?The book has multiple timelines, it starts in 1914, it continues in 1942 and it ends in 1964.It spans two world wars and the rather modern times of mini skirts in the 1960's.All three women are of course connected, it's a long and very complicated story. It's a saga really about war, love, tragedy and secrets. I did enjoy reading the book and did it need to be so long?I gave the book four stars, I have shared my review on Goodreads, Edelweiss, Twitter, Barnes & Noble and my blog.https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/
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  • ABookwormWithWine
    January 1, 1970
    / 5I am thoroughly impressed with All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White. I mostly listened to it on audio and I loved the three narrators; I thought they each did an excellent job of reading their characters. If you gravitate towards historical fiction novel with strong female leads then look no further, All the Ways We Said Goodbye has that and more. It was such an intricate plot that spans three different characters and three different time periods. I ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 5I am thoroughly impressed with All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White. I mostly listened to it on audio and I loved the three narrators; I thought they each did an excellent job of reading their characters. If you gravitate towards historical fiction novel with strong female leads then look no further, All the Ways We Said Goodbye has that and more. It was such an intricate plot that spans three different characters and three different time periods. I loved Aurelie, Marguerite and Babs all so very much and I was equally interested in all three of their stories which doesn't always happen for me. I really loved the way all of them ended up being tied to each other, and there were a lot of surprises that I didn't see coming. I can scarcely believe this book was written by three different authors, and I thought it flowed as if only one person had written it. I loved the writing, the plot, the tears, the happiness, and the romance. I honestly can't think of a single bad thing to say about All the Ways We Said Goodbye because I loved it so much. I don't really want to touch on the plot too much to keep the secrecy, and I think the synopsis tells you all you need to know.Final Thought: If you love historical fiction and like at least one of these authors then I highly recommend checking out All the Ways We Said Goodbye, especially on audio. The audio really brought the book to life for me and there was more than once I was ugly crying in my car. The story was very moving, and I hope everyone loves these characters as much as I did! I can't wait to read more from this collaboration of authors. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.
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  • MicheleReader
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 rating rounded upAll The Ways We Said Goodbye is another gem by the writing team of Willig, Williams, and White. Each strong writer tells the tale of one of the three female characters set in: 1914, 1942, 1964. As this writing team has done in two earlier works, the joint effort works seamlessly and effectively. While two of the three timelines take place during World Wars, the focus is on the strong women who are trying to survive versus the detailed horrors of war that we normally find in 4.5 rating rounded upAll The Ways We Said Goodbye is another gem by the writing team of Willig, Williams, and White. Each strong writer tells the tale of one of the three female characters set in: 1914, 1942, 1964. As this writing team has done in two earlier works, the joint effort works seamlessly and effectively. While two of the three timelines take place during World Wars, the focus is on the strong women who are trying to survive versus the detailed horrors of war that we normally find in historical fiction during these periods. I was fully transported into this novel in which the Ritz Hotel provides its central location across the decades. In addition to the three lead women, the men in the book were well developed and admirable and the supporting women characters were wonderful. (Fans of Beatriz Williams will enjoy the appearance of a member of the Schuyler family.) Put this one on your must read list. January 14 is right around the corner. Many thanks to Edelweiss, William Morrow/Harper Collins and The Three W’s for an advance copy.Review also posted on my blog MicheleReader.com
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  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    January 1, 1970
    It's 1914 in Paris and Aurelie leaves her plush surroundings at the Ritz to head to her father's estate. Once she gets to her father's very old, yet still impressive castle, it doesn't take long for the Germans to come and declare this location as their newest headquarters. This is obviously a tough pill to swallow, but she recognizes one of the German soldiers as Max Von Sternburg. Aurelie knows Max from a very different time in Paris where she was a debutante and their worries were few and far It's 1914 in Paris and Aurelie leaves her plush surroundings at the Ritz to head to her father's estate. Once she gets to her father's very old, yet still impressive castle, it doesn't take long for the Germans to come and declare this location as their newest headquarters. This is obviously a tough pill to swallow, but she recognizes one of the German soldiers as Max Von Sternburg. Aurelie knows Max from a very different time in Paris where she was a debutante and their worries were few and far between. Can they still maintain their friendship (and possibly something more?) amidst the face of war, especially since the German soldiers are downright horrible to not only Aurelie's family, but the entire village? Then there's Daisy Villon who lives in Paris in 1942. Her world is changing rapidly as France falls to Hitler, but her Nazi sympathizing husband says they have nothing to worry about. Daisy's grandmother says otherwise and convinces Daisy to help her work for the Resistance. Before Daisy knows it, she is in too deep, but how can she not help these desperate people? While working for the Resistance, Daisy meets a man who will change her life forever. Lastly, there's Barbara Langford, otherwise known as Babs, and she is newly widowed. When her husband, Kit, returned from the war, he was never the same and often mentioned a mysterious woman known as La Fleur. Meanwhile, an American, Drew Bowdoin, has contacted her after he husband's death about La Fleur. He is trying to track her down and the path led straight to Babs. Who is La Fleur? How does this mysterious Resistance member involve Kit? Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White expertly weave all three women's stories together in All the Ways We Said Goodbye; historical fiction fans will love this tale filled with heartache, family secrets, war, hope, and new beginnings.Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...
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  • Davida Chazan
    January 1, 1970
    4.5/5 stars! In their third collaboration, authors Lauren Willig, Karen White Beatriz Williams, (aka Team W) follow a family legend that spans two world wars and discovering the truth, with the stories of three women. This novel was released on January 14, 2020. You can read more in my #bookreview on my blog here. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2020/01/1...
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    Set amid three different time periods (1914, 1942, and 1964), All the Ways We Said Goodbye follows Aurélie the French heiress, Daisy the Resistance fighter, and Barbara/Babs the widow. How do their three stories intertwine?"Some women are lost in the fire, and some are built with it."First of all, since so much of this story occurred at the luxurious Ritz Hotel in Paris, I took a few minutes to google it and ogle the extravagant photos. Oooooh la la! After that, I was ready to get back to Set amid three different time periods (1914, 1942, and 1964), All the Ways We Said Goodbye follows Aurélie the French heiress, Daisy the Resistance fighter, and Barbara/Babs the widow. How do their three stories intertwine?"Some women are lost in the fire, and some are built with it."First of all, since so much of this story occurred at the luxurious Ritz Hotel in Paris, I took a few minutes to google it and ogle the extravagant photos. Oooooh la la! After that, I was ready to get back to reading. Having three different main characters in three different time periods is always a bit confusing at first, but I sorted this one out pretty quickly. Luckily, I liked all of the story lines and enjoyed going back and forth between them as I tried to piece everything together while patiently waiting to see if all of my hunches were correct (they were!). Yes, this is a long book, but since it's like getting three stories in one, it is well worth your time.As always, with Team W, I was in awe of the seamless writing! If I hadn't already know, I never would have guessed it was co-authored by three separate (brilliant) minds. Never say goodbye, darling, so au revoir until the next book!Location: Paris, France at the Ritz and Devonshire, EnglandI received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a sweeping family saga of three strong females and their heroic men that’s centrally located in different time settings at The Ritz of Paris Hotel and a beautiful century’s old French Chateau. This book easily transported me back in time to each different era. I didn’t want to put it down. With so many genres rolled up into one entertaining story; romance, humor, mystery & suspense, to secrets and tragedy from wartime France in 1914 & 1942 to the flip hair All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a sweeping family saga of three strong females and their heroic men that’s centrally located in different time settings at The Ritz of Paris Hotel and a beautiful century’s old French Chateau. This book easily transported me back in time to each different era. I didn’t want to put it down. With so many genres rolled up into one entertaining story; romance, humor, mystery & suspense, to secrets and tragedy from wartime France in 1914 & 1942 to the flip hair style and mini skirt era of 1964, this book is not to be missed. I really enjoyed it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Blodeuedd Finland
    January 1, 1970
    This is a 3 part story, and I did feel that it either could have been longer or sorry one person should have been left out. I wanted more!In 1914 there is noblewoman Aurelie, from an illustrious line, that keeps a locket with Jean of Arc's blood as a talisman. I did want more of her story. The German's take over her castle, she falls in love with one as she knew him before the war. Though she is just as much playing him for information. It was just over so fast!I am not sure who narrated her This is a 3 part story, and I did feel that it either could have been longer or sorry one person should have been left out. I wanted more!In 1914 there is noblewoman Aurelie, from an illustrious line, that keeps a locket with Jean of Arc's blood as a talisman. I did want more of her story. The German's take over her castle, she falls in love with one as she knew him before the war. Though she is just as much playing him for information. It was just over so fast!I am not sure who narrated her parts, but I liked it.In 1942 there is Daisy, who clearly married the wrong man. I wanted more of her rise to a resistance fighter. She was so cowed, and then she was a spy.There is also a German officer around that was also around in 1914...Again, I do not know who narrated her either, but whoever it was did a good job with this too,.And then in the 60s Barb goes to find out what her husband did in France during the war. Her part was fine as brief, cos looking for the past is never as interesting as being in the past. She was a good interlude. But oh Barb, I had a hard time with her. Her husband, on to be, got a letter while recuperating and she never showed it to him! So not cool. But then he could just have gone back too...Again, whoever narrated did well.I did like the story as a whole, they are all connected, and it is obvious how. Not one aha moment, but maybe it was meant to be like that.And yes the earlier stories could have been longer and more fleshed out, but the thing is if they had been then the book would have been too heavy.I did like that there were 3 distinct narrators too so that every woman got to shine in her own light.
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  • Dennis
    January 1, 1970
    A well written historical fiction/family-drama fusion. All the Ways We Said Goodbye has three different point of views (with Daisy's being by far my favorite) in three different time periods—World War I, World War II, and post-World War II 1960s. As the story unfolds, the three narrators, Barbara (Babs), Aurelie, and Daisy find that they have a lot more in common than they think. I really loved how the story unfolded, but quickly realized that this is more of a romance and family-drama than A well written historical fiction/family-drama fusion. All the Ways We Said Goodbye has three different point of views (with Daisy's being by far my favorite) in three different time periods—World War I, World War II, and post-World War II 1960s. As the story unfolds, the three narrators, Barbara (Babs), Aurelie, and Daisy find that they have a lot more in common than they think. I really loved how the story unfolded, but quickly realized that this is more of a romance and family-drama than anything else. Go into the story knowing that and you'll enjoy it more.
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  • Tammy
    January 1, 1970
    All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a sweeping family saga of three strong females and their heroic men that’s centrally located in different time settings at The Ritz of Paris Hotel and a beautiful century’s old French Chateau. This book easily transported me back in time to each different era. I didn’t want to put it down. With so many genres rolled up into one entertaining story; romance, humor, mystery & suspense, to secrets and tragedy from wartime France in 1914 & 1942 to the flip hair All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a sweeping family saga of three strong females and their heroic men that’s centrally located in different time settings at The Ritz of Paris Hotel and a beautiful century’s old French Chateau. This book easily transported me back in time to each different era. I didn’t want to put it down. With so many genres rolled up into one entertaining story; romance, humor, mystery & suspense, to secrets and tragedy from wartime France in 1914 & 1942 to the flip hair style and mini skirt era of 1964, this book is not to be missed. I really enjoyed it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    Having really enjoyed the previous collaboration of these three authors on The Glass Ocean, I assumed this book would be a winner, and indeed it was. It is primarily a family saga— a complex and intricate one featuring not one but two commendable war heroines—with dashes of mystery, romance, and espionage.I’ll be very curious to learn how the writing process worked amongst the three authors (anyone seen an interview on this yet with any of them? Please do let me know if you have). I am assuming Having really enjoyed the previous collaboration of these three authors on The Glass Ocean, I assumed this book would be a winner, and indeed it was. It is primarily a family saga— a complex and intricate one featuring not one but two commendable war heroines—with dashes of mystery, romance, and espionage.I’ll be very curious to learn how the writing process worked amongst the three authors (anyone seen an interview on this yet with any of them? Please do let me know if you have). I am assuming each was primarily responsible for one of the three POV characters. The way the three fit together so seamlessly is a testament to all three authors (such a sense of continuity is no small feat), though I do detect some differences in character quality. I assume Aurelie belongs to Beatriz Williams. She was my favorite of the lot, though I also loved Daisy. Babs was a tougher sell for me. She’s dowdy! She’s insecure! She’s not French but—gasp—British! I’m sure she was intended to be “relatable,” but to me she came off more like a rube. I didn’t dislike her, but I did pity her, which was a stark contrast from the admiration the other two heroines evoked in me. Regardless, her story is still good, and in fairness, she didn’t (fortunately for her) have the opportunity to be a war heroine. In all, a compelling read that is both light and uplifting but also meaningful and moving. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Wow this book is excellent! It weaves together three different stories from three different times. It was really hard to put it down. I did have to take notes to keep the characters straight but that’s mostly because it’s harder to flip back in an ebook. I really love historical fiction especially about WWII and this book was so good.I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Rhonda Ruff
    January 1, 1970
    Time travel romance set in nazi Germany all rolled into one! Great storyline and unforgettable story makes for great reading. Wonderful book
  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have read a lot of Historical Fiction novels focusing on the German Nazis and all the countries they have invaded during the Holocaust. But this one was a time traveler and a romance story as well as some history influence of Paris in 1914, 1942, and 1964 and all leading up to discovering secrets of one of Paris' This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.I have read a lot of Historical Fiction novels focusing on the German Nazis and all the countries they have invaded during the Holocaust. But this one was a time traveler and a romance story as well as some history influence of Paris in 1914, 1942, and 1964 and all leading up to discovering secrets of one of Paris' famous landmarks. Each woman had a different story and a different point of view of the incidents and landmarks that it brought a lot of perspective throughout the story leading to 1964 with Babs and Drew and how an unlikely pair becomes a pair that might be crucial to it all. Such an enticing and rewarding book to read and our community will really grow to love the story and the History lessons the book has to offer.We will consider adding this title to our Historical Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Kymm
    January 1, 1970
    First I want to thank Goodreads for this advanced copy of All The Way We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams. I love their giveaways and this book was a great one to win! The book is about three different women who live in three different time periods. Aurelie de Courcelles in France 1914, an heiress to the de Courcelles estate, Daisy a women who is helping the resistance in Paris 1942 and Babs in France in 1964 who's there to find the woman her late husband Kit never forgot and always loved. The First I want to thank Goodreads for this advanced copy of All The Way We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams. I love their giveaways and this book was a great one to win! The book is about three different women who live in three different time periods. Aurelie de Courcelles in France 1914, an heiress to the de Courcelles estate, Daisy a women who is helping the resistance in Paris 1942 and Babs in France in 1964 who's there to find the woman her late husband Kit never forgot and always loved. The author does an excellent job telling these women's stories and what they went through to survive WWI, WWII and after. Babs a mother and widow sets out to find out who the women was that had captured her late husbands life and was the only women he truly ever really loved. Her quest takes her to the Ritz Hotel in Paris where she finds a very helpful gentleman to help her find this ever elusive woman they called "La Fleur". The story flows very nicely and didn't lag at all. The way the author weaves these three women's lives together to help the reader figure out how they're all interconnected is excellent! She leaves small clues for her readers throughout and it's up to the reader to discover how these three are all interconnected and why Babs is so set on discovering the truth about La Fleur. There's also the story of the missing talisman from the de Courcelles family, said to insure the safety of the French people. What happened to it, who has it now, did the Germans find and destroy it? The last 100 or so pages were so good, I couldn't read it fast enough! It stunned me and left me with my mouth hanging open. I never would have guessed how they all ended up interconnected. I was kept on the edge of my seat and couldn't put this one down! It's a definite read for historical fiction fans, fans of a good mystery and those who just want to read a well written, informative book. I will definitely be reading more from Beatriz Williams. I love the way she tells a story from several different vantage points only to bring them all together in the end. The book is due out in January 2020, but I suggest everyone put this on their TBR list! Again, thank you so much Goodreads, another fabulous book in your giveaway program! Happy Reading!
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  • Rebecca
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsI really love family saga's and this one lived up to all my expectations of this subgenre. This book was full of loss and pain, but also love and hope and passion and man did I really enjoy it! This book tells the story of three women during different types of great pain and upheavalin their lives and shows how strong and resilient they are, even when they can't recognize it in themselves. It shows the turning point in each of their lives and what they chooseto do to with._There is 4.5 starsI really love family saga's and this one lived up to all my expectations of this subgenre.  This book was full of loss and pain, but also love and hope and passion and man did I really enjoy it!  This book tells the story of three women during different types of great pain and upheaval in their lives and shows how strong and resilient they are, even when they can't recognize it in themselves.  It shows the turning point in each of their lives and what they choose to do to with.  _There is plenty of romance, drama (I am such a sucker for any spy or rebellious activity) a bit of mystery and some quite tender moments.  I fell in love with each woman equally, which for me personally is a rare feat in a multi-POV story.  I was always both disappointed to leave one women and excited to catch up with the next.  The jumps between time were just seamlessly woven together._If you love historical fiction then this one is absolutely for you.  Taking place during both world war's it was interesting to glimpse the similarities between each for the two French women, even though at first glance their circumstances seem so different.  I love the way each of the three women in the book are connected, and not how you might suspect.  And how the Paris Ritz was sort of a grounding pin that brought these women together in space, if not in time.  This little detail really helped weave the story more tightly together. _I especially love Grandmere and how she is interwoven into each story. I also say bravo for the men in this book.  They do not treat the women like helpless pawns; they want to protect the women yes, but also recognize how strong each is. They are dreamy men without needing hero complexes added._Thank you to the publishers for a copy of this book; I was happy to give my honest thoughts!
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    I have read books from all of these authors. They are famous for their time period books, which I am a fan of. This book is the perfect one for fans of time period stories as well as any of these authors. In the beginning I was drawn to Daisy's story the most but as I got to know the other women better, you could say that it was a tie by the end of the story. Each woman grew bolder and made their stories their own. With three different storylines, sometimes the transition between all of the I have read books from all of these authors. They are famous for their time period books, which I am a fan of. This book is the perfect one for fans of time period stories as well as any of these authors. In the beginning I was drawn to Daisy's story the most but as I got to know the other women better, you could say that it was a tie by the end of the story. Each woman grew bolder and made their stories their own. With three different storylines, sometimes the transition between all of the storylines can be difficult but this was not the case. Each chapter switched between the three women's stories. It did not feel like a chapter just quickly was rushed just to change to the next one. Which in turn you can not tell which author wrote which story. All the Ways We Said Goodbye is a gorgeous time period tour de force read! I was instantly transported back in time and along for the journeys with Aurelie, Daisy, and Babs.
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  • Andrea Nourse
    January 1, 1970
    I believe I’ve developed an addiction to these dual timeline historical fiction masterpieces from Beatriz Williams. All The Ways We Said Goodbye sucked me in from the very first page and kept me captivated. Babs to Daisy to Aurelie were all three dynamic, formidable, and flawed women that made me fall in love with their stories and lives.
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  • Carol lowkey.bookish
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book! Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I’ve read a lot of it. One of my earliest introductions to the genre were the Pink Carnation series written by Lauren Willig. So when I saw All the Ways we Said Goodbye, I had to read it!Synopsis:The novel follows the lives of three women in France, each during a different time period: WWI, WWII, and the 1960s. What do they all have in common? Paris, the Ritz, and….the rest is a mystery to be solved by reading the book.You I absolutely loved this book! Historical fiction is my favorite genre and I’ve read a lot of it. One of my earliest introductions to the genre were the Pink Carnation series written by Lauren Willig. So when I saw All the Ways we Said Goodbye, I had to read it!Synopsis:The novel follows the lives of three women in France, each during a different time period: WWI, WWII, and the 1960s. What do they all have in common? Paris, the Ritz, and….the rest is a mystery to be solved by reading the book.You would think it would be hard to form a cohesive story with three storylines told by three different authors; but this is not the case. The storylines kept me interested throughout and are masterfly interwoven to keep the reader guessing until the end. I loved all of the story lines equally, so there wasn’t any skimming to get through one so I could get through to see the other!I also enjoyed the touch of romance in this story - I think it enhanced the compassion and connection I had with these characters.The Ritz during the war features prominently in another book released in May of this year. If I had to compare, and two such similar backdrops invites comparison, the Way we Said Goodbye far supersedes the other in characterization, storyline, and overall content.I quickly became totally engrossed in this wonderful story. I would definitely recommend this book to historical fiction readers and any reader who appreciates a well-crafted story. 5/5This book was received as an electronic Advance Reader Copy (ARC) via Netgalley from HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. Release date: January 14, 2020
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I love historical fiction and this has to be one of all-time favorites! The three authors did a fantastic job! It’s the story of three very strong and courageous women during three different periods of time. The story takes place during WWI, WWII, and the 1960’s. It tells the story of sacrifices, love, betrayal and the horrors of war. I received an ARC of this book and this is my honest review of it. I’m so glad I received this book!!
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  • Maggie Boyd
    January 1, 1970
    Powerhouse authors Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig have teamed up for their third collaboration, a triple timeline story about three women whose lives are inexplicably bound up in the somewhat tragic history of Paris’ Ritz Hotel. The sweeping tale spans fifty years, introducing readers to Aurelie, Daisy, and Babs as they discover who they are and how they fit into the ever-changing world they inhabit.Aurelie has spent most of her nineteen years in Paris, raised by her somewhat Powerhouse authors Beatriz Williams, Karen White, and Lauren Willig have teamed up for their third collaboration, a triple timeline story about three women whose lives are inexplicably bound up in the somewhat tragic history of Paris’ Ritz Hotel. The sweeping tale spans fifty years, introducing readers to Aurelie, Daisy, and Babs as they discover who they are and how they fit into the ever-changing world they inhabit.Aurelie has spent most of her nineteen years in Paris, raised by her somewhat unconventional mother, who spends most of her time presiding over literary salons at the Ritz. So when war breaks out in 1914, Aurelie, who has always felt a bit out of place with her mother and her friends, flees Paris and returns home to her family’s estate. There, she and her father find themselves forced to share their home with a group of German officers, one of whom seems strangely fascinated by Aurelie’s beauty and intelligence.Nearly thirty years later, Daisy is living a relatively normal life in Nazi-occupied Pairs. Her husband is desperate to endear himself to the Nazis in hopes of improving his social station, and Daisy does her best to keep herself at somewhat of an emotional distance from him. Unfortunately, her grandmother is keeping a dangerous secret, and if Daisy has any hope of keeping her safe, she’ll have to play a role in the French resistance movement, even if it causes her to betray her husband.In 1964, Babs is mourning the recent death of her husband, a man she’s always considered to be the love of her life. She’s not sure what her future holds, so when she receives a letter from a stranger who has questions about her late husband’s wartime activities, Babs decides to journey to Paris. Once there, she hopes to lay to rest some nagging questions she’s had about the role he might have played in the French resistance, and she ends up learning far more than she bargained for.AAR reviewers Shannon and Maggie have read All the Ways We Said Goodbye, and are here to share their thoughts on the novel. See our conversation at https://allaboutromance.com/book-revi...
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  • Becki
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 3rd collaboration for these authors, and while you don’t need to read the others to understand this story, there are tie-ins to the previous books. .....This story has 3 timelines all set in France and featuring the Ritz Hotel, but each from a different character’s perspective: Aurelie during WWI, Daisy in WWII, and Barbara 20 years after. What ties them together is a relic of the de Courcelles family - a piece of cloth dipped in Joan of Arc’s blood and a symbol of hope for France. This is the 3rd collaboration for these authors, and while you don’t need to read the others to understand this story, there are tie-ins to the previous books. .....This story has 3 timelines all set in France and featuring the Ritz Hotel, but each from a different character’s perspective: Aurelie during WWI, Daisy in WWII, and Barbara 20 years after. What ties them together is a relic of the de Courcelles family - a piece of cloth dipped in Joan of Arc’s blood and a symbol of hope for France. We learn quickly that Daisy is Aurelie’s daughter, but how Barbara, an Englishwoman, is connected to the others is part of the journey. .....At the end of the day, this is more of a historical romance than anything. It was very much character driven with few references to actual historical events. The ones that did feature somewhat were primarily in the WWII timeline, but all very much background and reminiscent of The Nightingale, The Alice Network, and a hundred other WWII fiction involving female spies. I never really felt invested in the characters except Aurelie, and would have loved an entire book just about her, as it was the most well developed. That is part of the danger in multiple characters/timelines, though. I think this too much going on in too many timelines caused the actual romance aspect to suffer as well. Again, it was only Aurelie’s relationship that felt believable to me, with Barbara’s a close second. Daisy just never really made sense to me.The ending also felt a bit anti-climatic because I had already figured out most of it very early on. None of it really felt like a mystery other than where the relic ended up. This said, after reading all 3 of the collaborations from these authors, this is the best, but I still prefer the authors’ solo efforts. (At least Willig & Williams - haven’t read White yet).
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  • Jenna
    January 1, 1970
    Let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of these three authors and together they are absolute gold. I really enjoyed their other 2 collabs. The Forgotten Room still remains my favorite. All The Ways We Said Goodbye checked a lot of boxes for me. The book historical fiction which is my favorite genre. A bit of mystery is woven in for those of you who like a good mystery. Now that I think about it: there is some romance as well. The trifecta lol. It features multiple time lines and multiple Let me start off by saying I am a huge fan of these three authors and together they are absolute gold. I really enjoyed their other 2 collabs. The Forgotten Room still remains my favorite. All The Ways We Said Goodbye checked a lot of boxes for me. The book historical fiction which is my favorite genre. A bit of mystery is woven in for those of you who like a good mystery. Now that I think about it: there is some romance as well. The trifecta lol. It features multiple time lines and multiple narratives. This book covered both WWI and WWII - as well as a third timeline set in the 1960's. This book is also very well written. Why I dropped some of the stars- I favored one narrative over all the rest. I loved reading from Babs' perspective and found myself wanting to get to her parts quickly as I was reading through the others. It made me feel a bit disconnected from the other women in the story.There was a romance featured in all three storylines and one included a married woman. I don't care about the circumstance. I do not handle cheating spouses in a book very well. It's something that is personal for me. The end wrapped pretty fast for me. Not that I think there were any loose ends. It just felt drawn out in parts and then bam- this is how everyone is connected and - done. A huge thank you to the authors of this book, the publisher and Edelweiss for my advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I appreciate it so much.
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  • Louise
    January 1, 1970
    Interesting historical fiction, spanning three time periods, mainly in France: World War 1, World War 2 and the mid-1960s, with a focus on three women, with interconnected lives, and all revolving around the Ritz Hotel in Paris. Since three authors collaborated on this novel, I assume each author wrote the various chapters for one of the three women main characters. The book’s chapters jump around from one woman/time period, so at first I had a bit of trouble keeping everything and everyone Interesting historical fiction, spanning three time periods, mainly in France: World War 1, World War 2 and the mid-1960s, with a focus on three women, with interconnected lives, and all revolving around the Ritz Hotel in Paris. Since three authors collaborated on this novel, I assume each author wrote the various chapters for one of the three women main characters. The book’s chapters jump around from one woman/time period, so at first I had a bit of trouble keeping everything and everyone straight, but gradually that issue disappeared. I did guess the big reveal, but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book.Confession: I have relatives in Paris and I have a soft spot for historical fiction that focuses on France, especially during WW2, so this book was right up my alley. I enjoyed recognizing a lot of the Parisian landmarks/neighborhoods throughout the three stories. In fact, the last time we were in Paris, we stayed near the “Courcelles” metro stop!Thank you to Edelweiss, William Morrow and HarperCollins for the opportunity to read an ARC of this novel.
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  • Lisa
    January 1, 1970
    I received this copy (an in hand paper copy) as a giveaway from Goodreads. I thought winning was the exciting part until I read the words within these covers & realized THAT was the exciting part. I enjoyed the 3 viewpoints that this story was written from within the 3 time frames. It was a seamless transition each time. The story had the perfect amt of love, action, history, and espionage. I found myself thinking of the characters when I was not reading the book. This was no happy ending I received this copy (an in hand paper copy) as a giveaway from Goodreads. I thought winning was the exciting part until I read the words within these covers & realized THAT was the exciting part. I enjoyed the 3 viewpoints that this story was written from within the 3 time frames. It was a seamless transition each time. The story had the perfect amt of love, action, history, and espionage. I found myself thinking of the characters when I was not reading the book. This was no happy ending for everyone, which mimics real life, doesn't it? Especially during wars? I almost wanted to dwell on what all these people who I grew to love over the pages missed when they said good bye. How often those good byes are said when we do not realized that they will be our last. Thank you Williams, Willig, and White for this story. Which I find amazing that three of you wrote this together in and of itself. I would love to ask you about the Acknowledgments page though. What does T to the K degree mean?This book is worth your eyes and mind and time!
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  • Addie Yoder
    January 1, 1970
    I was very excited to receive this copy of All the Ways We Said Goodbye. I LOVE historical fiction and have recently fallen in love with Beatriz Williams. I was prepared for a war story about women who do hard things. I wasn't prepared for it to be a family story as well. I loved the connections to The Glass Ocean. I really enjoyed how some of the characters were direct connections and others were sideline connections. It made the story a little deeper for me. While the history was strong and I was very excited to receive this copy of All the Ways We Said Goodbye. I LOVE historical fiction and have recently fallen in love with Beatriz Williams. I was prepared for a war story about women who do hard things. I wasn't prepared for it to be a family story as well. I loved the connections to The Glass Ocean. I really enjoyed how some of the characters were direct connections and others were sideline connections. It made the story a little deeper for me. While the history was strong and good, the women in this book were as well. I loved the transformations they all went through. I really enjoyed seeming them grow as people and in maturity and find who they really are on the inside. Readers of the Glass Ocean really NEED to pick this up. You can absolutely read it as a stand alone, but if you are already a fan, its a must read.
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