All the Ways We Said Goodbye

All the Ways We Said Goodbye

A Novel of the Ritz Paris

Large Print - 2020/01
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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 hotel

France, 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. . . .

Publisher: Harper Collins Books 2020/01
ISBN: 9780062978783
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER


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Jan 16, 2021

On a list of titles I wanted to read

Dec 26, 2020

Didn't like the writing. Dismissed it after a few pages.

Jun 25, 2020

I am so confused. This is (I think) three multigenerational, febrile historical/hysterical romance(s), but to me, it was another “who’s your daddy”. I read the whole long thing and, did I mention?... I’m so confused.

Jun 15, 2020

This was a beautiful multiple timeline novel that wove together the lives of three women whose histories were connected in some way to each other. It consisted of wartime courage, romance, and the resolute strength of females when put to the test. The three authors did an amazing job in connecting their separate timelines. All while creating an immersive and fluid story. I highly recommend the novel, as well as the audiobook for those who enjoy listening. It was beautifully narrated by three separate women who captured their heroine's story perfectly.

Jun 05, 2020


Apr 29, 2020

Story that follows 3 women in 3 different time periods spanning from World War I, World War II and 1964. I enjoyed the story but was confused at times with the jumping around between times and characters.Sometimes the chapters on the individual characters were lengthy and I had to backtrack to remember where the other character's story ended. While this is classified as historical, it has a great deal of historical romance as well.

Mar 31, 2020

This was a fascinating story. Four generations of women in France during World Wars I and II. Each finds the courage to support their country under the eyes of the German occupiers. The only problem I had is that the story whips from one person/timeframe to another and that can be confusing at times, especially because of the women's names - all of which are the same but variations on that name. I really enjoyed it.

ArapahoeKati Jan 27, 2020

I enjoyed all the different storylines and characters, but I wish Aurelie had her own novel. A good historical fiction novel, but I think the trio's first two novels were better.

Jan 23, 2020

It’s amazing how three authors could connect and make such a cohesive family saga that spans World War I, World War II and ends 1964. It’s the story of two French women whose courage made them an important part of the French Resistance, and an Englishwoman who comes to Paris in 1964 to find out about this woman her husband while he was in France during WWII. Lots of romance, courage and interesting characters who all have a deep connection with the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

debwalker Jan 18, 2020

For readers who liked The Alice Network.

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