Mistress of the Ritz



A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator s Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway, F Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors to be welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the hotel s director The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests and each other.Until June 1940, when the German army sweeps into Paris, setting up headquarters at the Ritz Suddenly, with the likes of Hermann Goring moving into suites once occupied by royalty, Blanche and Claude must navigate a terrifying new reality One that entails evensecrets One that may destroy the tempestuous marriage between this beautiful, reckless American and her very proper Frenchman For the falsehoods they tell to survive, and to strike a blow against their Nazi guests, spin a web of deceit that ensnares everything and everyone they cherish.But one secret is shared between Blanche and Claude alone the secret that, in the end, threatens to imperil both of their lives, and to bring down the legendary Ritz itself.Based on true events, Mistress of the Ritz is a taut tale of suspense wrapped up in a love story for the ages, the inspiring story of a woman and a man who discover the best in each other amid the turbulence of war. Download Mistress of the Ritz Author Melanie Benjamin – mauritiusholidayvillas.co.ukMistress of the Ritz

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  • Hardcover
  • 384 pages
  • Mistress of the Ritz
  • Melanie Benjamin
  • English
  • 17 November 2017
  • 0399182241

11 thoughts on “Mistress of the Ritz

  1. says:

    When the Nazi s occupied Paris the Luftwaffe including Hermann Goering took over half of the Ritz as their headquarters The other half was inhabited by civilians among them Coco Chanel The director of the hotel Frenchman Claude Auzello and his American wife Blanche are forced to continue to operate the hotel to the usual stellar standards in order to survive Based on a true story that is mostly unknown, Mistress of the Ritz fictionalizes the marriage and resistance work undertaken by th When the Nazi s occupied Paris the Luftwaffe including Hermann Goering took over half of the Ritz as their headquarters The other half was inhabited by civilians among them Coco Chanel The director of the hotel Frenchman Claude Auzello and his American wife Blanche are forced to continue to operate the hotel to the usual stellar standards in order to survive Based on a true story that is mostly unknown, Mistress of t...

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    I expect three things from historical fiction A good story The ability to paint a picture so true I feel immersed in the time and place To learn something I previously didn t know The Mistress of the Ritz manages all three Based on true events, the Auzellos are the master and mistress of the Ritz , he the manager of the famous hotel The story gives us their history from their tempestuous beginning through their 17 years of marriage when the Nazis arrive in Paris and take over the hotel And I expect three things from historical fiction A good story The ability to paint a picture so true I feel immersed in the time and place To learn something I previously didn t know The Mistress of the Ritz manages all three Based on true events, the Auzellos are the master and mistress of the Ritz , he the manager of the famous hotel The story gives us their history from their tempestuous beginning through their 17 years of marriage when the Nazis arrive in Paris and take over the hotel And from there, things get evenintense Blanche is headstrong, independent and hiding secrets from everyone including her husband Claude is shocked to learn his wife has the vocabulary of a dockworker It takes him quite...

  3. says:

    American Blanche falls for Frenchman Claude After a brief, dizzying, whirlwind romance, they marry The bliss quickly turns to petty fights, in part because of their different cultural upbringings However, they both enjoy the glitz of the Ritz in Paris, where Claude is the hotel s director They revel in hobnobbing with the likes of Hemingway and Coco Chanel and F Scott Fitzgerald But when Nazi s take over the hotel during World War II, Claude has keep his disdain and anger toward them to hi American Blanche falls for Frenchman Claude After a brief, dizzying, whirlwind romance, they marry The bliss quickly turns to petty fights, in part because of their different cultural upbringings However, they both enjoy the glitz of the Ritz in Paris, where Claude is the hotel s director They revel in hobnobbing with the likes of Hemingway and Coco Chanel and F Scott Fitzgerald But when Nazi s take over the hotel during World War II, Claude has keep ...

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    A compelling read about a marriage set against the backdrop of World War II and the glamorous Ritz Hotel in Paris, France Claude s infidelity and Blanche s brash American attitude cause troublesome times as the couple struggle with their marriage and manage life in the face of war The couple is hiding one huge secret that would place them both in the crosshairs of the Germans Claude, as the director of the hotel, has to bow and scrape to the Germans in order to keep his jobBenjamin s prose fl A compelling read about a marriage set against the backdrop of World War II and the glamorous Ritz Hotel in Paris, France Claude s infidelity and Blanche s brash American attitude cause troublesome times as the couple struggle with their marriage and manage life in the face of war The couple is hiding one huge secret that would place them both in the crosshairs of the Germans Claude, as the director of the hotel, has to bow and scrape to the Germans in order to keep his jobBenjamin s prose flows beautifully and is engrossing The characters are so richly drawn that you can see them and feel their emotions There are several recognizable characters in the book usually staying at the Ritz and hanging out in the bar Earnest Hemingway, Coco Chanel, F Scott Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, to name a few The book provides a different view of World War II from the occupied hotel and from the French Resistance.Thanks to Melanie Benjamin and to Random House Pu...

  5. says:

    Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review Melanie Benjamin excels at doing the necessary research and writing novels that have real people as the main charactersbe it Anne Lindbergh, Mary Pickford or Truman Capote In her novel The Mistress of the Ritz , she introduces us to the little known true story of Blanche and Claude Auzello during the WWII German occupation of Paris Claude is the director of the Ritz Hotel Blanche Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review Melanie Benjamin excels at doing the necessary research and writing novels that have real people as the main charactersbe it Anne Lindbergh, Mary Pickford or Truman Capote In her novel The Mistress of the Ritz , she introduces us to the little known true...

  6. says:

    One of the reasons why I love historical fiction is we get to read a not so famous person in a book and we get curious about that person I do remember reading a little bit of Blanche Rubeinstein Auzello somewhere either in a novel or article and I wanted to knowabout her Blanche and the Ritz somehow this two are still tied together even today I was so excited when I receive this copy from NetGalley that I can finally read her story fiction or not Blanche is an American spirited One of the reasons why I love historical fiction is we get to read a not so famous person in a book and we get curious about that person I do remember reading a little bit of Blanche Rubeinstein Auzello somewhere either in a novel or article and I wanted to knowabout her Blanche and the Ritz somehow this two are still tied together even today I was so excited when I receive this copy from NetGalley that I can finally read her story fiction or not Blanche is an American spirited daughter of German Jewish parents who came from New York and married a Frenchman Her husband Claude ran the famous Ritz Hotel in Paris while she has been dubbed as the Mistress of the Ritz a...

  7. says:

    I think this is the best of Melanie Benjamin s novels She writes about the rich and famous and sometimes tends to go overboard on her appreciation and admiration of them This is slightly different It is the story of Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the director of the Ritz Hotel in Paris before and during WWII But for fans don t worry There are plenty of rich and famous staying at the Ritz including Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald and not too many Jews to spoi I think this is the best of Melanie Benjamin s novels She writes about the rich and famous and sometimes tends to go overboard on her appreciation and admiration of them This is slightly different It is the story of Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the director of the Ritz Hotel in Paris before and during WWII But for fans don t worry There are plenty of rich and famous staying at the Ritz including Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway and F Scott Fitzgerald and not too many Jews to spoil the atmosphere Blanche is a young American who comes to Paris as an aspiring actress and girlfriend of an Egyptian prince She is swept off her feet by...

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    I have read most of Benjamin s historically based novels and enjoyed them all this is another winner This time around she focuses on the manager of the Ritz, Claude Auzello, and his wife Blanche As famous people come in and out of the hotel, as the Nazis make this iconic residence a meeting spot for SS powers, and as danger lurks around every corner as the secret workings of the French Resistance occupy the workers, we see the inner workings of the Paris Ritz What I found most fascinating ab I have read most of Benjamin s historically based novels and enjoyed them all this is another winner This time around she focuses on the manager of the Ritz, Claude Auzello, and his wife Blanche As famous people come in and out of the hotel, as the Nazis make this iconic residence a meeting spot for SS powers, and as danger lurks around every...

  9. says:

    This one really surprised me I was skeptical of the shifting times and POVs, and the slow stage setting, only to be mesmerized by how everything suddenly fit together, like a Flemish bond brick facade elegant, perfect, and enduring.And Paris was perfect And so was the bitter, oppressive, and dangerous world of the Occupation that debilitated and destroyed both bodies and souls This was not chick lit or Harlequin WWII At all.More substantive review to follow Thanks to NetGalley for a great This one really surprised me I was skeptical of the shifting times and POVs, and the slow stage setting, only to be mesmerized by how everything suddenly fit together, like a Flemish bond brick facade elegant, perfect, and enduring.And Paris was perfect And so was the bitter, oppressive, and dangerous world of the Occupation that debilitated and destroyed both b...

  10. says:

    I m a voracious reader of WW2 fiction and non fiction, I love Paris and I enjoyed Melanie Benjamin s Swans of Fifth Avenue though not so much The Girls in the Picture , so there was no chance I wasn t going to read this book On the other hand, I was underwhelmed by a recent book about The Ritz in World War II, Tilar Mazzeo s The Hotel on Place Vendome Because of those competing experiences, I went into this with a wait and see attitude.The book started off a little too self consciously porten I m a voracious reader of WW2 fiction and non fiction, I love Paris and I enjoyed Melanie Benjamin s Swans of Fifth Avenue though not so much The Girls in the Picture , so there was no chance I wasn t going to read this book On the other hand, I was underwhelmed by a recent book about The Ritz in World War II, Tilar Mazzeo s The Hotel on Place Vendome Because of those competing experiences, I went into this with a wait and see attitude.The book started off a little too self consciously portentous for me, as Claude and Blanche Auzello return to the Ritz from the south soon after the Nazis have taken Paris and commandeered half of the Ritz Then, a hint is dropped early on about some secret of Blanche s, and you just know this will be oh so subtly alluded to several times before there i...

  11. says:

    A drama inspired by a true story and real people I must admit that when I began reading Mistress of the Ritz I was unsure about how my response would pan out By the end I was absolutely fascinated by American Parisian Blanche Ross Auzello s story Of how she came to be involved with Claude Auzello, who become Director of the famed Ritz Hotel And most importantly, Blanche s presence and impact at the Ritz.The tone throughout the novel is right up there with, The Germans wore grey You wore A drama inspired by a true story and real people I must admit that when I began reading Mistress of the Ritz I was unsure about how my response would pan out By the end I was absolutely fascinated by American Parisian Blanche Ross Auzello s story Of how she came to be involved with Claude Auzello, who become Director of the famed Ritz Hotel And most importantly, Blanche s presence and impact at the Ritz.The tone throughout the novel is right up there with, The Germans wore grey You wore blue from Casablanca movie The story fli...

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