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Pered by Blanche Auzello and her husband Claude the hotel's director The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage and off the secrets that they keep from their guests and each otherUntil June 1940 when the German army sweeps into Paris setting up headuarters at the Ritz Suddenly with the likes of Hermann Goring moving into suites once occupied by royalty Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality One that entails even secrets One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this bea Captivating affecting illuminatingMISTRESS OF THE RITZ by MELANIE BENJAMIN is an engaging suspenseful and hauntingly beautiful historical fiction novel that totally captures something extraordinary here as well as fully capturing my heart I was immediately taken with this story and found myself totally mesmerized and in awe of MELANIE BENJAMIN S ability to weave such a fantastic story that is based on real life people and actual historical events with her own liberties of juicy fictional storytelling MELANIE BENJAMIN delivers a vividly descriptive interesting and well written read here with characters and a setting that totally captivated and intrigued me I was totally taken and fascinated with both Claude and Blanche s dynamic relationship as well as with their lives spent in the highly acclaimed Hotel Ritz in Paris I was thoroughly entertained and enjoyed how this story unfolded right from the very beginning And I was totally wrapped up in this couple s relationship and loved the suspense of the unraveling of the secrets and lies This was a Traveling Sisters Read Norma s StatsCover Lovely intriguing majestic eye catching and a fitting representation to storyline Title Appealing suspenseful intriguing and absolutely love how the title plays so fittingly into storyline WritingProse Well written beautiful fluid vivid engaging and captivating I totally connected with and absolutely loved MELANIE BENJAMIN S writing style Plot Haunting memorable fascinating inspiring suspenseful perfectly paced original absorbing enjoyable and entertaining I absolutely loved that this book was inspired by the real life couple of Claude and Blanche and the setting of the Ritz As I thoroughly enjoy books that are based on real life events and people Knowing that just makes the story that much appealing memorable and fascinating to read Ending An exceptional and extremely palpable ending that warmed my heart but also left it a little broken heartedOverall 45 Stars I was totally captivated by this book and totally taken with these characters and their lives and with the events that happened at the Ritz A book that I am glad that I took my time with and savoured every single word Loved this book so much Would highly recommendThank you so much to NetGalley Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Delacorte Press Melanie Benjamin for the opportunity to read an electronic ARC of this bookReview can also be found on our Two Sisters Lost in a Coulee Reading book blog

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Mistress of the Ritz

Utiful reckless American and her very proper Frenchman For the falsehoods they tell to survive and to strike a blow against their Nazi guests spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherishBut one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude alone the secret that in the end threatens to imperil both of their lives and to bring down the legendary Ritz itselfBased on true events Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war This novel takes place during the Nazi s occupation of Paris I was uite aware of this part of history but this book talks pretty specifically about the Ritz It s a very interesting piece of history which is inspired by true events uoting the author So I would say that Mistress of the Ritz than any of my other novels is inspired by a true story and real people rather than based on them With so few details to go on and so few true glimpses into Blanche and Claude s characters my imagination was given free reign The first half of the book is pretty much devoted to Claude and Blanche s marriage and how different American and French men are I found that while some of this back and forth between the two was interesting and even humorous at times I think too much of the book was devoted to this While reading on and on I wondered how in the world these two could really relate to each other According to the book they did spend a lot of their time apart having different schedules and at times different suites Because truly they had no idea what to do with each other after such a startling beginning So that it was easy at times to forget that they might actually need to rely on to trust in to love each other The Nazi s took the Ritz for themselves although allowing the manager Claude and Blanche and some well known residents such as Coco Chanel to remain on one side of the building and use a separate entrance Claude and the entire staff were at their beck and call always fearful that something done not uite right could lead to their dismissal imprisonment or worse There is some insight into what is going on in Paris during this time through the eyes of Lily Blanche s close friendThe book picks up the pace in the last third and I definitely enjoyed this focus on what else was going on behind the scenes to be interesting than the discussion of their marriageAll in all I found this to be a good read with interesting characters This was a Traveling Sisters read I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley

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A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful every man appears witty Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway F Scott Fitzgerald Coco Chanel and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors to be welcomed and pam When the Nazi s occupied Paris the Luftwaffe including Hermann Goering took over half of the Ritz as their headuarters The other half was inhabited by civilians among them Coco Chanel The director of the hotel Frenchman Claude Auzello and his American wife Blanche are forced to continue to operate the hotel to the usual stellar standards in order to survive Based on a true story that is mostly unknown Mistress of the Ritz fictionalizes the marriage and resistance work undertaken by the couple I found the second half of the novel to be compelling than the first half where the Auzello s argumentative marriage is displayed to the nth degree I got it They had a troubled marriage Although the big reveal is anticipated the final three paragraphs are not All in all this is a worthy addition to WWII historical fiction


10 thoughts on “Mistress of the Ritz

  1. says:

    45 stars How can you recognize a Semite Throw her in the back of a Nazi truck with her hands tied too tightly behind her back and point a German gun at her headAhh the Ritz A grand and glamorous hotel which hosts Coco Chanel Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald to name a few It is the place to see and be seen It is where Blanche Auzello who is American and her French Husband and Hotel Director Claude Auze

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    When the Nazi’s occupied Paris the Luftwaffe including Hermann Goering took over half of the Ritz as their headuarters The other half was inhabited by civilians among them Coco Chanel The director of the hotel Frenchman Claude Auzello and his American wife Blanche are forced to continue to operate the hotel to the usual stellar standards in order to survive Based on a true story that is mostly unknown Mistress of the R

  3. says:

    45 stars A mesmerizing and atmospheric tale centered around the Hotel Ritz in Paris during WWIIClaude Auzello is the director of the Hotel Ritz where he and his wife Blanche reside They have a tumultuous relationship Blanche constantly feeling Claude’s attention is focused on everything but her Blanche spends her days mingling with the glamourous guests who visit the hotel while Claude caters to his guests

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    I expect three things from historical fiction•A good story•The ability to paint a picture so true I feel immersed in the time and place•To learn something I previously didn’t know The Mistress of the Ritz manages all three Based on true events the Auzellos are the “master and mistress of the Ritz” he

  5. says:

    Captivating affecting illuminatingMISTRESS OF THE RITZ by MELANIE BENJAMIN is an engaging suspenseful and hauntingly beautiful historical fiction novel that totally captures something extraordinary here as well

  6. says:

    Oh how I love love love a Melanie Benjamin book ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ I’m sure many of us knew that the Nazis claimed hotels in their occupied areas but have you heard about the AuzellosThe Ritz is a glorious hotel in France where the rich and famous stay Blanche an American and Claude Auzello her French husband ha

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    This novel takes place during the Nazi’s occupation of Paris I was uite aware of this part of history but this book talks pretty specifically about the Ritz It’s a very interesting piece of history which is “inspired” by true events uoting the author “So I would say that Mistress of the Ritz than any of

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    Ah the Ritz Paris Doesn’t it bring to mind glitz glamour and opulence The iconic hotel is as much a character in this book as are Claude and Blanche Auzello the hotel director and his American born wife In the pre WWII years the hotel was in its glory and the Ritz was a symbol of the finest in luxury and elegance The book opens in 1923 when Blanche and Claude meet and they eventually marry Blanche is an American born flapper

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    American Blanche falls for Frenchman Claude After a brief dizzying whirlwind romance they marry The bliss uickly turns to petty fights in part because of their different cultural upbringings However they both enjoy the glitz of the Ritz in Paris where Claude is the hotel’s director They revel in hobnobbing with the likes of Hemingway and Coco Chanel and F Scott Fitzgerald But when Nazi’s take over the hotel during World War II Claude ha

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    45 StarsI read Mistress of the Ritz with a few of our Traveling Sisters and we all really enjoyed this one with us having similar thoughts on it An extraordinary real life American woman a proper Frenchman and a glamorous Iconic hotelMistress of The Ritz explores the lives of brash and reckless real life Blanche and proud