Genre: Historical Fiction
Length: 448 pages
Audiobook Length: 14 hours and 17 minutes
First Published: 2020
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. . . .
About Beatriz Williams
Beatriz Williams is the author of several historical fiction novels, including The Golden Age, The Summer Wives, The Secret Life of Violet Grant and A Hundred Summers. Before becoming an author, she worked as a communications and corporate strategy consultant in New York and London. She currently lives in Connecticut with her husband and four children. Visit the author’s website →
About Lauren Willig
Lauren Willig is an American author, best known for her Pink Carnation series set during the Napoleonic era. Additionally, she has written several historical fiction novels, including Band of Sisters and Two Wars and a Wedding, and collaborated with Beatriz Williams and Karen White on the novels The Forgotten Room, The Glass Ocean, and All the Ways We Said Goodbye. She has a Bachelor’s degree from Yale, a PhD in History from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law. She currently lives in New York. Visit the author’s website →
About Karen White
Karen White is the author of more than twenty novels, including The Sound of Glass, The Night the Lights Went Out and the Tradd Street series. She is also the co-author of The Forgotten Room, The Glass Ocean, and All the Ways We Said Goodbye with Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig. She grew up in London but currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia. Visit the author’s website →