The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

The Room on Rue Amélie

For fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls, this powerful novel of fate, resistance, and family—by the international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and When We Meet Again—tells the tale of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the tumultuous days of World War II.When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives i...

Details The Room on Rue Amélie

TitleThe Room on Rue Amélie
Release DateMar 27th, 2018
PublisherGallery Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, War, World War II, Fiction

Reviews The Room on Rue Amélie

  • Tammy
    Cliches abound: “You must forgive yourself. Knowledge is power. It’s a mother’s job to protect her child. It’s what’s inside a person that counts. Better safe than sorry. I still believe in the goodness of mankind. What matters is what’s in your heart. Your life depends on it”. At one point. I wanted to place the back of my hand to my forehead with a dramatic sigh.To be fair, this was my fault. I went into this thinking that it woul...
  • Brandi Hodges
    This book broke my heart into little, tiny pieces. That being said, "The Room on Rue Amélie" is one of the best books I have read this year. You know you have found something special when you find an author who can make you cry and yearn to continue reading within a few short paragraphs. When I read my first book by author Kristin Harmel a few years ago, my heart was broken and put back together so many times I lost count - and that was in one b...
  • Denise
    The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel is an historical fiction novel that takes the reader back to WWII. Reading historical fiction novels are my favourite genre and this book reinforces why I love this genre. It s a stunning, inspiring novel about love, loss and the worst and best of humanity.The main characters are well developed, realistic and engaging. As the reader, I was transported back in time and expended their anguish, fear and passi...
  • Katie Kelley
    Heartbreaking. And beautiful. And I can’t believe I binged the entire thing in one night...that’s how good it was. I kept saying, oh I’ll just stop after this chapter. And I didn’t! It was just so GOOD! This is one piece of historical fiction that gets it right. The characters were believable, the settings were magnificent (and horrifyingly real), and the story was incredible. It releases in March 2018...get it. You won’t be sorry. For ...
  • Cheryl
    The year is 1939 and Ruby Benoit is an American newlywed who arrives in Paris with her husband, Marcel. Rumors of war abound, but many Parisians think that their army will be able to repel a German attack. However, their hopes are dashed when the Germans invade France. Ruby decides to remain in Paris with her husband whose clandestine activities leave her isolated. She befriends the Jewish Dacher family who live in the apartment next door to Ruby...
  • Lynn
    This is supposed to be historical fiction about the resistance in Paris during WWII, but in reality it's just a bad romance story using the above premise as a backdrop to tell the story. There is very little character development, and all the characters are mostly stereotypes. There is a young girl, Charlotte, who is wise beyond her years, and says things that no young teenager would ever say. For me, it's as if The Nightingale and The Lilac Girl...
  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    Review to come.
  • Rachelle
    I fell in love with the prologue of this book because it was so beautifully written and heart wrenching. I hoped the rest of the book was like that, but it fell sort of flat. I didn’t really connect with any of the characters, and they all seemed to have swallowed a book of clichés that were thrown about like ordinary conversation and lost all meaning. The plot was fairly predictable, too. I’m not a huge fan of romance stories or WWII storie...
  • Paul Pessolano
    “The Room on Rue Amelie” by Kristin Harmel, published by Gallery Books.Category – Fiction/Literature Publication Date – March 27, 2018.Ruby Henderson, an American, moves to Paris with her husband Parisian Marcel Benoit and begins to enjoy the, “City of Lights”. The love affair with Paris ends quickly when the Nazi’s invade Paris. Ruby and Marcel become estranged when Marcel disappears frequently and Ruby feels he may be a Nazi colla...
  • Linda Zagon
    Kudos to Kristin Harmel, Author of "The Room on Rue Amelie" for weaving a fictional story and colorful characters with Historical Fiction. The time period is during World War Two. and goes to the past and the future only as the situation pertains to the story. This is a heavier emotional read with espionage, hardships, devastation, love, despair and hope.The characters are complex and complicated, perhaps due to the circumstances. The characters ...
  • Kelly Long
    I read an advance reading copy of this book. This book is so good! It is one of the best historical fiction books I have read. I would recommend it to anyone who likes reading WWII books.
  • Sue
    This is a wonderful new book about the resistance in Paris during World War II. The characters are well written and the story is a real page turner that will keep you reading to find out how it ends.I liked the way the author started the book with an epilogue about a elderly couple in California during current times. The wife is very ill and facing death and the husband is very distraught. As readers, we don't know until the end of the book which...
  • Karen Trosterud
    This was an amazing book!! I could not put it down.. read it, you won’t be sorry
  • Emely
    "As long as you have Nadia, you have hope." -This is my favorite quote from "The Room in Rue Amelie"; it's the quote which, for me, is the very core of this masterfully written book by Kristin Harmel.A friend of mine recommended this book to me even though she knew that I'm not much into the genre of WWII novel-wise. I thought 'Why not? Can't hurt to at least flip through the first few chapters'. In general, for most books, I feel you have to rea...
  • Jen
    The Room on Rue Amelie takes on WWII historical fiction from a perspective I have yet to read from- an American who joins the resistance. Ruby never imagined this is what her life would be like when she marries her Frenchman, Marcel. For her, and many others, Paris was held to these romantic, idyllic standards- cafes, the Eiffel Tower, places where a writer can find his muse. So against her family’s pleas, she moves to Marcel’s homeland. Not ...
  • Amanda
    This Advance Reader Copy of the book is courtesy of NetGalley and the book's publishers. I am not receiving any financial or additional benefit for posting this review other than the opportunity to read this book before it's released publically. tl;dr Review:Beautifully written and better than expected!Full Review:So if you couldn't already tell from some of the other books I've reviewed, I'm a fan of historical fiction. I am also a sucker for s...
  • Toni Osborne
    This is a touching story about the struggle to find normalcy during the horrors of WW11. Based on true events the tale is said from three voices in a very emotional tone. It is mainly about three lives that became interconnected by the War and the friendships that came out of it.First we are introduced to Ruby Henderson who is swept off her feet by handsome Frenchman and relocated to Paris, till one day the war changed everything. The second narr...
  • Jeanne
    When I set aside all chores during the holiday season to read a book in 1 day, it must be good. The narrator of the book takes the reader back in time to Europe during WW2. It is a story about 3 individuals, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas, from 3 countries whose lives merge in Paris during the occupation. Ruby is a California native whose marries Marcel Benoit, a French citizen, and goes to Paris to live and work in his family’s art gallery. As wa...
  • Melissa
    I'm a fan of Kristin Harmel's novels. Every time I pick one up, I know I'll be getting a good story, and The Room on Rue Amélie is no exception. Like with The Sweetness of Forgetting, she set her story in France during World War II. However, this story had a different feel from Sweetness, and reminded me a bit of Kristin Hannah's novel, The Nightingale. Even so, this novel was full of interesting twists and surprises. Kristin kept me guessing th...
  • Pam
    I don't know where to start with this review! Even though this is another WWII story, it was absolutely fantastic. The characters were so believable and well developed. I was completely immersed in this story. I loved who I was supposed to love and I hated who I was supposed to hate! I can't stop using exclamation points!!!!!!!!! Get this book on your pre-order list immediately! Run do not walk to your favorite book seller and make sure that you ...
  • Miri Swanton
    Heartbreaking and beautiful!
  • Rhonda Ruff
    I received this book as a goodreads win! I would have bought it anyway! Such a heartbreakingly beautiful story! People helping others during ww2! I could not put it down!
  • Chrissy
    2017-09-29 Room on Rue Amélie is a book completely out of the genre’s I would normally read, but something I am extremely happy I was able to get my hands on. This book is about bravery, strength, and beating the odds in a time where so many gave up, and my heart broke for these characters, and I found myself fearing for my life with these characters, bonding with these characters, and crying with these charact...
  • Jen Petro-Roy
    Amazing, emotional, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Great for fans of The Nightingale.
  • Sammie
    Disclaimer: Thank you to Gallery Books. I won an ARC copy of this via Goodreads giveaways.One-Line Summary:Despite betrayal—from her country and her husband—Ruby just wants to survive World War II, but what she doesn’t expect is to find love, strength, and a reason to live.Summary:“My dear, it is not your fault. Sometimes all the love in the world can’t protect a person against his fate.”Ruby is young and naive when she allows Marcel ...
  • Lynn
    An American woman meets, falls in love with, and marries a French man just prior to the outbreak of WWII. They move to France, convinced that the Germans will be content with the annexation of the Sudetenland. As war gets closer, Ruby's husband joins the resistance and is ultimately killed. Ruby befriends a young Jewish girl in the neighboring apartment, and every time there are footsteps on the stairs, is frightened for Charlotte and her family....
  • Patricia Doyle
    The Room on Rue Amelie was pretty good. It was very well researched, and that research was successfully worked into a fast, interesting read. As the book’s description says, it tells the tale of an American woman (Ruby), a British RAF pilot (Thomas), and a young Jewish teenager (Charlotte) whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the tumultuous days of World War II. But, alas, there were an inordinate number of annoyances.My first annoyan...
  • Sarah Beth
    I received an advance uncorrected proof copy of this novel from a Goodreads giveaway. American Ruby Henderson Benoit imagines a dreamy life as a newlywed in Paris when she arrives with her French husband Marcel in 1939, but as the war continues to encroach on Paris, her marriage also begins to fall apart. Ruby befriends a young Jewish schoolgirl, Charlotte, who lives with her parents in the apartment next door. When the war throws Ruby and Charlo...
  • Jess Clayton
    Fans of historical fiction, rejoice! We have a new book to get excited about. Kristin Harmel has crafted a love story everyone will be talking about. The Room on Rue Amelie is set in Paris during WWII and tells the story of an American woman, her Jewish neighbors, and a British pilot meeting under unfortunate circumstances. If it sounds similar to The Nightingale, it is, but only in that there is a network of resistance fighters helping downed pi...
  • Krystle
    I won an ARC of this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.The room on Rue Amelie is told from multiple viewpoints, it focuses on the French Resistance's escape lines used to help Ally pilots escape Nazi territory. The book is also very heavy with romance. I would rate the story at 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4 stars. I found it to be an entertaining story overall. That being said, some parts were unrealistic and I think further research could have impr...