All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, & Karen White, Narrators: Helen Sadler, Nicola Barber, & Saskia Maarleveld
Published January 14th 2020 by William Morrow & HarperAudio
This was a historical fiction story with a bit of a mystery. There are three different stories, told in three different times, WWI, WWII, and the 1960s. When I first started this story I was a bit confused. What did these three women have in common besides The Ritz? How do these stories connect? Well, suffice it to say that when all was revealed, it was worth the wait and the minor confusion. Even though I had that original confusion, the authors kept me interested throughout and the stories were woven together with mastery to keep me guessing until the end. I enjoyed all three stories equally and there was not any chapter that I wanted to end so I could get to the other stories. This was a story about three strong and independent women. There was some romance in each of the timelines, but that did not overwhelm the stories of the women. It is hard to believe that this book was written by three different authors, the stories were all strong, and well-written with great characterization. I do not want to give away this story, so will not share anymore of the plot except to say there is a talisman that also features in each of the POVs. This story had me racing through it in just over a day and I was disappointed that it was all over when I reached the end. I definitely recommend this Historical Fiction story to anyone who enjoys HistFic or to someone who wants to give it a try.
I listened to the audiobook of this story narrated by Helen Sadler, Nicola Barber, and Saskia Maarleveld. Just like the authors, each of these narrators brought life to one of the timelines. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of this book, with the unique voices, great expression and intonation. I have enjoyed other books narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, but Helen Sadler and Nicola Barber were new to me. I will definitely listen to other books narrated by any of these three voice actresses. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
From Goodreads: 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. . . .