All the Ways We Said Goodbye Author:Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, Karen White 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 t... more »heir 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. . . « less
I think this was my fave so far that this trio of writers has written together. Very good book set in three time periods in France: WWI, WWII, and 1965. All centered around the Ritz. Made me want to travel to Paris and have a drink at the bar at the Ritz :) Strong female characters: Arielle, the daughter of a French count (comte) whose mother leads famous salons from her apartment at the Ritz and Arielle protects her family village during the war helping to smuggle food to the villagers while also falling in love with one of their German captors, a good man; Daisy, Arielle and Max's daughter, who is raised by her grandmother at the Ritz and is influential in the French Resistance during WWII; and Babs Langford, a British woman who comes to Paris in 1965 to investigate her late husband's time fighting in France in WWII. Their stories all intertwine. Very well written and good stories of the Resistance and the history of La Fleur.