The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel

The Room on Rue Amélie

A moving and entrancing novel set in Paris during World War II about an American woman, a dashing pilot, and a young Jewish girl whose fates unexpectedly entwine—perfect for the fans of Kristen Hannah’s The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls, this is “an emotional, heart-breaking, inspiring tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of love” (Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author).When Ru...

Details The Room on Rue Amélie

TitleThe Room on Rue Amélie
Release DateNov 6th, 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 - Traveling Sister
    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 - Traveling Sister
    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...
  • 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
    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...
  • 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...
  • Stephanie Anze
    3.5 starsWhen Ruby Henderson visits Paris, she falls in love with Marcel Benoit. Ruby marries Marcel and moves to the city with which she has also fallen in love with. As the war advances, her marriage begins to unravel and her resolve is put to the test. Charlotte Dacher, Ruby's next door neighbour, is eleven, Jewish and has grown close with Ruby. As the war atrocities pile up, these two women will become inseparable.This book was yet another hi...
  • 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
  • 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...
  • Fred Shaw
    Thank you Goodreads and author Kristin Hammel for awarding me the novel from the book giveaway. A breathtaking WWII historical fiction where strangers meet and conspire together to attempt an escape from Nazi occupied Paris. I enjoyed the author’s story telling ability, the exceptional descriptions of Paris as well as the noteworthy research on WWII history. Highly recommended.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • The Reading's Love Blog
    RECENSIONE QUI: storie ambientate durante la Seconda guerra mondiale sono da sempre le mie preferite non solo perché racchiudono tutta la sofferenza, la crudeltà umana e le vite spezzate di milioni e milioni di innocenti ebrei e altre etnie, ma anche perché con queste storie si ricorda ciò che è stato e che non si dovrebbe più ripetere. Ruby Henderson è una giovane donna americana che si trasferis...
  • 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...
  • DeAnn
    4 stars from me for this classic WWII storyI feel like it's been a while since I read a book in this genre and it reminded of how much I enjoy books with this historical setting. This one has an interesting premise (which I read was based on a real person) of an American, Ruby, who marries a Frenchman and moves to Paris before the outbreak of WWII. I've always dreamed of living in Europe, so this was fun to ponder -- would I have stayed or would ...
  • 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!
  • Amy
    Star Rating: 4.5 StarsNothing quite like trying to hold back tears at work.
  • 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 ...
  • Renee
    I won this title in a Goodreads giveaway & was quite excited, as I particularly enjoy historical fiction and WW2-era stories. Alas, the enthusiasm waned quickly.I won’t summarize the synopsis here as it can be easily read online; however, I do want to note that it wasn’t a particularly original plot. The heroine falls in love not once, but TWICE “at first glance.” Writing is simplistic and juvenile; the story takes on a tedious “tell, d...
  • Lollita
    Started off a little dull but it got better, especially the last 100 pages or so. I quite liked it, that ended though so sad. 😭
  • 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...
  • 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...