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All the Ways We Said Goodbye 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 s, 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 hotelFrance,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 consequencesFrance,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 historyFrance,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 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 I thoroughly enjoyed this book I ve read all 3 of the Team W books and this one is my second favorite right behind The Forgotten Room which was their first endeavor together I loved how they made an entire novel all about WW 1 WW 2, which had me nervous and anxious many times, yet didn t describe graphic details of brutality, rape or torture We all know it happened but I didn t have to read it which I greatly appreciate as that is one of the reasons I generally don t read WW 2 novels I rea I thoroughly enjoyed this book I ve read all 3 of the Team W books and this one is my second favorite right behind The Forgotten Room which was their first endeavor together I loved how they made an entire novel all about WW 1 WW 2, which had me nervous and anxious many times, yet didn t describe graphic details of brutality, rape or torture We all know it happened but I didn t have to read it which I greatly appreciate as that is one of the reasons I generally don t read WW 2 novels I read to have fun and that other stuff upsets me deeply This book captured the stress and uncertainties of war time and did it so tastefully that I enjoyed the experience As to the story itself, you read about 3 different girls who in the end their stories are all intertwined and connected in ways you start to unravel as you go There were a few parts of the story I felt were too contrived or not realistic and then there were some other parts that weren t fairytale perfect enough for my tastes So, who am I to complain and nitpick I m not the one sitting there trying to make all 3 stories work and make sense All in all I think it was a fabulous book and I motored through it rapidly because it held my attention so thoroughly.Several characters are very witty and made me laugh out loud which is always a good sign if a book can do that Especially one about warI can t wait to see what Team W have up their sleeve next They are certainly a great Team I would describe this as primarily a mystery of family lineage with the thrill of untangling the relationships of the characters in the past set over three different time periods Secondly, I describe this as a romance Each of the main characters has their own romantic relationship that is flourishing Summary In 1914, heiress Aurelie seeks to restructure her future while war breaks out In 1942, Daisy joins the resistance though her husband works for the Nazi s In 1964, shortly after her I would describe this as primarily a mystery of family lineage with the thrill of untangling the relationships of the characters in the past set over three different time periods Secondly, I describe this as a romance Each of the main characters has their own romantic relationship that is flourishing Summary In 1914, heiress Aurelie seeks to restructure her future while war breaks out In 1942, Daisy joins the resistance though her husband works for the Nazi s In 1964, shortly after her the death of her husband, Babs decides to find someone code named Le Fluer who was part of the resistance during WW2 but had an alleged relationship with her husband Historically The focus is not on the resistance, their fight, or the war The reader does see a bit of resistance occur, but it is short lived because the focus always turns back to the budding romance The story revolves around their relationships It very briefly mentions a few things that other novels have included such as Coco Chanel and the Velodrome The Jews and their suffering are not detailed The setting is historical, but historically nothing new is learned Chapter Organization Each chapter alternates between three main characters Aurelie, Daisy, and Babs This takes adjusting on part of the reader Each chapter is not short, so when a new chapter started, I often found myself having to internally remind myself which character that was and their background before beginning Rating Explained There were a lot of scenes in Babs chapters that I found hard to believe The story moved at a moderate pace until around 83% when the missing pieces of the lineage and relationship puzzle start to come together However, it was easy to predict most of these pieces This is a romantic mystery that takes place in the past Overall, I kept reading to confirm my suspicions about the mystery concerning the relationships set in the past.Thank you to NetGalley, Edelweiss, and HarperCollins for a copy Opinions are my own Three formidable women Three different time periods One hotel that connects their stories together This is the premise ofAll the Ways We Said Goodbye , which is the latest work of historical fiction from the famous Team W authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White I m familiar with each of these 3 author s works individually, however this is my first time reading one of their collaborative efforts though I have their previous two collaborations on my bookshelf waiting Three formidable women Three different time periods One hotel that connects their stories together This is the premise ofAll the Ways We Said Goodbye , which is the latest work of historical fiction from the famous Team W authors Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White I m familiar with each of these 3 author s works individually, however this is my first time reading one of their collaborative efforts though I have their previous two collaborations on my bookshelf waiting for me , and seeing how much I enjoyed this one, I am definitely grateful for the opportunity The story opens first in the year 1964, with recently widowed Barbara Babs Langford at a crossroads trying to figure out her life after the death of her beloved husband Kit When Babs receives a letter from an American lawyer named Drew Boudoin seeking her help with locating a Resistance fighter whom her husband possibly knew while working in Nazi occupied France during World War II, she agrees to join him in a search that finds them traveling to Paris and the famous Ritz hotel We are then taken back to the year 1914, at the onset of the Great War, where Aurelie, the daughter of the Comte de Courcelles, decides to leave her mother, who has been residing at the Ritz hotel in Paris, to accompany her father at their ancestral estate in Picardy, France Not long after she arrives, the estate is taken over by German troops who requisition the home as well as its surrounding area for their headquarters During this time, Aurelie discovers that she actually knows one of the German officers Max von Sternburg from her debutante days in Paris and despite being on opposite sides, they strike up a friendship that later develops into somethingThe timeline then switches to 1942, where Marguerite Daisy Villon lives with her Nazi collaborator husband Pierre and their 2 children in Paris, a few blocks from the Hotel Ritz where she grew up and where the grandmother who raised her still lives After some persuasion, Daisy agrees to assist in her grandmother s Resistance efforts by helping to deliver identity papers created by a skilled forger named Legrand, to Jewish refugees Eventually, Daisy gets pulled deeper into the Resistance network, where working closer and closer with Legrand with change her life in ways she never expected.The first thing that struck me about this novel was the seamlessness of the writing in that, to me at least, there was really no way to tell that 3 different authors were involved with writing this this is significant given that, in their individual works, each author has her own distinct style of writing, yet here, those different styles were pretty much indistinguishable Given the way the story was structured with three alternating timelines anchored by three women with distinctly different personalities I was impressed by how cohesively the narratives flowed together In addition to some clever transitions thrown in that linked the end of each chapter to the beginning of the next one which I actually didn t catch on to until about a third of the way through the novel , the various plot points were also well crafted in terms of joining the timelines together in a way that still left room for each character s individual stories to be told Speaking of the characters one of the things I liked most about this book was the character development aspect, especially with regard to the 3 female protagonists, all of whom I found myself rooting for Even the male characters were written well, which isn t always easy to do when the female characters in the story are strong and at the forefront of driving each of the narratives forward I felt that the authors were able to strike a good balance in this aspect in terms of giving us strong, well developed characters on both sides.With all that said however, I did struggle a little bit with the rating on this one, as there were a few things about this book that I had a problem with, which is why, in the end, I chose to rate this 4 stars instead of 5 One of the biggest issues was the emotional depth of the story, which I found surprisingly lacking given the setting against the backdrop of 2 World Wars I was expecting to bemoved by the story and even shed a tear or two, but that didn t happen Perhaps the reason for this is, while there were plenty of historical elements, all of which were incorporated well into each of the narratives, the focus of the story overall seemed to leanheavily toward the romance aspect and the relationships between the characters Of course, nothing wrong with this per se, but since I mof a historical fiction fan and less keen on romance, it makes sense that this would impact my reading experience a bit Another thing was that the plot elements were largely predictable in that, from the first chapter, I kind of already knew the direction that the story would be headed and it turns out I was spot on in terms of how all 3 narratives tied together , so there ended being no surprises or gut punch moments for me.Overall, I did enjoy reading this one, as it had many of the things I expect in a good book a compelling, well written story that kept me turning the pages well developed, complex characters that I felt invested in to different extents a relatively fast paced plot that flowed well and of course, a well incorporated historical setting I think fans of the 3 authors will love this one and while it wasn t necessarily a favorite in my book, I liked it well enough to want to go back through all 3 authors backlists as well as read the previous two Team W works that they did hopefully some time in the near future, I will have time to do so Received ARC from William Morrow HarperCollins via NetGalley. 3.5 starsI ve been wanting to check out a book by this trio of authors for awhile now because I have enjoyed some of the solo efforts of writers Beatriz Williams and Karen White I m not sure how they broke down the writing duties for this one but I was really impressed how it felt like a cohesive story and not three different styles of writing This might not make my list of top historical fiction reads but it certainly was a good story and I definitely recommend giving this one a look if you a 3.5 starsI ve been wanting to check out a book by this trio of authors for awhile now because I have enjoyed some of the solo efforts of writers Beatriz Williams and Karen White I m not sure how they broke down the writing duties for this one but I was really impressed how it felt like a cohesive story and not three different styles of writing This might not make my list of top historical fiction reads but it certainly was a good story and I definitely recommend giving this one a look if you are a fan of any or all of the authors.This story alternates between different characters and timelines which I always enjoy although I did have trouble keeping track of all the characters near the beginning Aurelie is an heiress living in France back in 1914 just as the war is breaking out The German military has taken over her family s estate and despite being on different sides, she forms a friendship with one of the soldiers Switching over to 1942, Daisy was raised by her grandmother at the Ritz in Paris Her husband is a Nazi collaborator and Daisy secretly starts helping her grandmother s Resistance efforts And finally there is Barbara, Babs Langford who is a widow after the recent death of her husband Kit The year is 1964 and Babs has traveled to Paris to meet with an American lawyer who wants her help tracking down the identity of a Resistance fighter and perhaps traitor with the mysterious nickname La Fleur How do these 3 storylines connect This isn t a book in which the main goal is have the reader super shocked at how everything ties together You do have a fairly good idea of the general direction of the story way before it is all revealed However, because the female characters are written as strong women, whether they necessarily realized it or not, you feel invested in them and want to see how everything plays out And there actually did manage to be one or two small surprises along the way which was nice.As for my criticism of the novel, I thought Aurelie got lost in the shuffle a bit in the first half of the book I had the most trouble remembering the things going on with her storyline compared to the other two characters She became distinct in my mind eventually and was an important part of the story, but I really wish it hadn t taken quite so long to get there I also wouldn t say this is the most memorable historical fiction book when compared to some of the other books about the war in that genre A few touching moments here and there but I wasn t moved to tears like I have been with other World War 1 and 2 historical fiction novels I enjoyed reading this book and liked how the story highlighted some of the Resistnace efforts by women but I wouldn t place this in the must read category Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review

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