Thursday, January 9, 2020
All The Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White
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.