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, Fiction, War, World War II, Cultural, France

Reviews The Room on Rue Amélie

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    4 stars to this historical drama of WWII, The Room on Rue Amelie!I have enjoyed other books by Kristin Harmel, but The Room on Rue Amelie may just be my favorite from her. Set in World War II, my favorite time period of which to read, the Epilogue of The Room on Rue Amelie set the intriguing stage, as it was not until the end of the book that I knew which loving elderly couple was portrayed.In 1939, Ruby falls in love with a Frenchman and moves t...
  • Lindsay
    4.5 stars! I adored this novel!This was a touching and unforgettable WWII story revolving around Ruby Benoit, a brave young American newlywed woman, living in occupied Paris during wartime devastation and desperation. The story is narrated through her perspective, along with a British RAF pilot and a neighboring Jewish teenage girl. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded overlapping through their perspectives in alternating chapters.One of the thin...
  • Brenda
    I was lost in the awe so inspiring Lush Coulee with Lindsay and Jennifer reading The Room on Rue Amelie. Not wanting to leave but to stay and savor this endearing story. Kristen Hamel gave us much to discuss and I really enjoyed discussing our thoughts and insight to this story. The Room on Rue Amelie is an easy, lighter more dramatic WWII story of the sacrifices and bravery of the heroes who take a stand against injustice. It was a nice change o...
  • 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...
  • Marialyce
    3.5 sad wartime story starsLife was ever so hard in Europe living during the war years. When Ruby, a young American girl, meets and falls in love with Marcel, a young Frenchman, she doesn't realize the changes she will have in her life. Moving to Paris with Marcel, she is excited to be in the city of lights. However, war is looming and as the months pass, she and Marcel are embroiled in the beginnings of war.The marriage starts to fall apart as M...
  • Ashley (5171MilesBooks)
    Read this review and many more at: 5171 Miles Book Blog.Many thanks to Gallery Books and Netgalley for the chance to read and review this novel.By now many of you may know how much I love World War II Historical Fiction. There's something about this period in history I find incredibly captivating. Each story is so immersive in the human experience, offering some form of tragedy I've never before been able to imagine. After having made my way thro...
  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    4,5 stars This story was fantastic, I don't usually read this type of books but from the moment I read the synopsis I wanted to read it and I'm so glad I did!The Room on Rue Amelie was a heartbreaking and emotional story!The writing was beautiful and flawless and the story touched me in so many ways!The beginning was a little bit slow in my opinion but after a few chapters I couldn't put it down wondering what will happen next!The Room on Rue Ame...
  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    ➳I cannot believe I just finished this book in two days... This was such an emotionally sweet, semi-romantic, historic novel that took my breathe away with it's sweetness and adoration towards the writing... ➳ARC kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review...➳Follow Me On:Blog ♕ Instagram ♕ Facebook ♕ Twitter
  • Fareya
    The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel is a heartbreaking and inspiring tale of love, loss and survival during the tumultuous times of World War II."That's one thing faith is especially good for: giving us strength in times of crisis"I have always found stories based during this era of time to be extremely emotional. I think the one thing they all have in common is how we get to see the best and the worst of humanity simultaneously. Its distre...
  • 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...
  • Erin
    3.5 stars Thanks to NetGalley for an advanced ebook in exchange for an honest review."The Room on Rue Amelie" is a World War II romance that takes place mainly in Paris and is triple narrated by three different characters that quickly take hold of the pages. As the author acknowledges in her Afterword pages, the character of Ruby was based on a real American woman -Virginia d'Albert Lake. Thanks to Kristin Harmel for bringing to reading audiences...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • MaryBeth's Bookshelf
    The Room on Rue Amelie focuses on the lives of three different people during World War II.Ruby Henderson meets and falls in love with Marcel Benoit. When she moves with him to Paris in 1939 she imagines a very romantic life for them. But Paris is on the cusp of becoming involved in World War II and this changes both of their lives forever.Charlotte Dacher is a young girl who lives with her family next to Ruby and Marcel. The Dacher's are Jewish a...
  • 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!
  • 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...
  • Bam
    *3-3.5 stars--which is a rating of good + in my rating scale. This was a goodreads giveaway win for me; many thanks to the author and publisher!Kristin Harmel has written a very nice story of historical fiction, which takes place in Paris during WWII. Ruby Henderson is a college girl from California who meets a Frenchman named Marcel Benoit in NYC. She is swept off her feet; they marry and move into an apartment on the Rue Amelie in Paris. Next d...
  • 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...
  • Siv30
    במילה אחת הספר הזה אכזבה. בשתי מילים אכזבה רבתית.כל כך הרבה פוטנציאל אבוד. ההשוואה לזמיר( Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale ) בכלל לא במקומה ואל תלכו שולל אחריה, הספר הזה לא מתקרב להישג של הזמיר.אומנם עד מחצית הספר, הספר היה כתוב היטב, העלילה ראויה והוא היה מרתק אבל ...
  • Carol (Reading Ladies)
    “Cruelty is the weapon of the ignorant.”If you’re looking for an easy reading WW11 histfic selection, you might enjoy The Room on Rue Amélie, a story of people who see injustice and have the courage to stand up and fight against it. For me, it was mediocre compared with other reads in the same genre. Although the dialogue could have been better written and the events better developed, the topic of rescuing downed English pilots over war to...
  • Elizabeth
    This is a fascinating novel about WWII and the French Resistance from the perspective of an American woman who marries a Frenchman, moves to France before the war begins. It is told in an honest manner and certainly looks to be well researched.I admit that I had a little trouble getting into this book, but after a few chapters I could not put it down! Ruby and Charlotte held my attention completely. Ruby, the young adult woman who marries a Frenc...
  • 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 ...
  • Danielle
    * Thank you Gallery Books for sending me this free book to read and review. *Historical fiction, especially those set in WWII are my favorite. I have read a plethora of books that fall in this specific genre. So when I heard about this book I knew I had to get it.I was a little bit nervous about the story being too similar to others I’ve read. Though there were some pieces that were reminiscent of other stories, this book held its own.The story...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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
  • 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.