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Paris, 1919.

The world's leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly.


Brought to the peace conference by her father, a German diplomat, Margot Rosenthal initially resents being trapped in the congested French capital, where she is still look
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Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published December 20th 2012)
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Caz
2.5 stars

I tend to prefer to read historical fiction set before the twentieth century, but as I’m very interested in the events of the First World War, I was intrigued by the premise of this story, which takes place in 1919, shortly after the armistice.

Professor Rosenthal is a respected academic who has been asked to attend the peace negotiations in Versailles. His daughter, twenty-year-old Margot, accompanies him; principally because she does not want to go home to Berlin where her wounded fian
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Misfit
Review is slightly spoilerish.

There are enough reviews that recap the plot quite nicely, so I'm not going to waste your time and mine with one more rehash. I'll just talk about the reading experience. There was so much potential in the subject matter; The Treaty of Versailles with the main characters being German, a world still recovering from the Great War, yet all I got was a silly fluff of a romance novel with a not very easy to like heroine.

All that potential, and pretty much flushed down t
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Erin
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I discovered the expected publication of The Ambassador's Daughter shortly after reading Pam Jenoff's The Things We Cherished. The latter novel was so affecting I couldn't wait to get my hands on her next piece. Five months later I was ecstatic to get a copy from Netgalley eagerly dove in.

The Ambassador's Daughter isn't your average war story. It takes place directly after World War I and focuses largely on human emotions r
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Susan Johnson
This novel had a different perspective that could have been quite interesting. Unfortunately, for me, it never delivered its promise. Set after WW1 in Paris, Margot arrives at the famous Reparations Conference with her father, an university professor who is a delegate to it. Although German and Jewish, they spent the war at Oxford University in England and so avoided many of the hardships their fellow countrymen endured.

Margot is engaged to a wounded soldier. After four years apart she no longer
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Amira
The story (a prequel to The Kommandant's Girl) follows Margot Rosenthal, the daughter of an advisor to the German delegation at the peace talks in Versailles post WWI. I find these war climates very interesting and this one hasn't been done to death in the historical fiction genre so it was good to see it approached. The suspense produced from the book is created through the main characters decisions to become involved with the background happenings at the conference and the woes of her personal ...more
Tara Chevrestt
This was a very unique read. I'm surprised by what happened within its pages and I'm surprised by the ending.


I walk away from this novel very enlightened on the Treaty of Versailles. WWI and its consequences sadly seem to go largely unnoticed in history and in school. Ms. Jenoff does a remarkable job educating while entertaining.

The setting is France. A young woman who'd been rather...coerced into agreeing to marry a man when war hit is trying to postpone her impending marriage by staying with h
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Cheryl A
A friend and I were discussing war fiction, particularly those that were love stories, but not romances (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, etc) and she recommended Pam Jenoff. I picked up this title hoping for another well written love story, full of the ambiance of the period with strong characters. Sadly, this did not meet my expectations.

Set in Paris after the Armistice, this is the story of Margot Rosenthal. Brought to the peace confe
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Heidi
Three and a half stars: A compelling look back at a historical time of great change.

Margot accompanies her father to Paris where he is a German delegate for the Peace Conference of 1919. It is a hopeful time as the powers of the world attempt to forge a new understanding and new world order after the harsh and brutal culmination of World War I. Margot is hiding a secret....a secret of her heart. She is not in love with her fiancé, Stephen. Stephen was a friend who courted her before the war and
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Andrea
Tense, romantic, and bittersweet, The Ambassador's Daughter is a perfect example of why I love historical fiction, particularly those set during the time of the World Wars.

I want to start by saying that I am so happy I accepted the tour invite for this book. The Ambassador's Daughter is a book that might never have crossed my path, and to think that I would have missed out on reading this gorgeous story is a shame. The story begins in Paris, December 1918. World War I has recently ended, and th
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Candace
I was very disappointed in the book. None of the characters were very appealing, with the exception of Krysia, who ends up betraying her and Margot's friendship. The main character, Margot, is what made the book so awful for me to read. Throughout the book she made one decision about her life - to be ambivalent. She let her father, Stefan, Ignatz, Georg, and Celia all make decisions for her. She struggled between duty and desire but did nothing either way. She did not break off her and Stefan's ...more
Pamela Morris
I've been reading Pam Jenoff's books since The Kommandant's Girl back in 2007. This one is as amazing as the others, and I read it in a day. It takes place in 1919, at the conference in Paris to decide what to do with Germany after WWI. Intense love story that will have you thinking (or like me, worrying about how they fare in WWII) long after you've finished it.
Kristina
3.5 stars

When I started The Ambassador's Daughter, I didn't realize that it was a prequel to Pam Jennoff's series, The Kommandant's Girl. Like the idiot I am, while I was still reading, I looked up the other two books and because I did that I got a sense of what was going to happen, and it ended up ruining the rest of story for me!

I love historical stories. There is just something so romantic about a story written during or after a World War, and this one is set in 1919 Paris! I was hooked after
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Lindsay (Little Reader Library)
'Nothing is ever quite the same after you've been elsewhere, is it?'

We meet Margot Rosenthal and her father in London, and follow them to Paris in 1919, where her academic Papa Professor Rosenthal is assisting in an advisory capacity as a diplomat with the conference where the world's leaders have come together to try and move forwards after World War I. The bulk of the story is set in Paris and Versailles, and the final part is set back in Berlin, where Margot's Jewish family is from.

It is her
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Sharon
Margot Rosenthal hates living in Paris; she'd rather be at home in Berlin, or back in London. However, her father is part of the German delegation that will sign the Treaty of Versaille in the wake of World War I, so there she is.

Mostly, she hates the thought of marrying her wounded fiance, Stefan, and living the quiet life of a housewife. So, when she meets Polish pianist Krysia and her interesting circle of friends, she starts living a more exciting life -- perhaps moreso than she expects. And
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Book Binge
This is a time period I'd like to see more of in historical romance. I love that publishers are thinking outside the box and we're getting more than just Regency and Victorian fare.

While I found the politics and setting interesting I do think the first person point of view limited the scope of the story. As the story wore on I became more vested in the political schemes, but much of the novel is focused on Margot and her emotions, so outside concerns took a back seat.

I really struggled with Marg
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Julie
I gravitated towards this book because it takes place during the peace conferences in Paris after World War I and thought there would be some intriguing political commentary about reparations. Told from the perspective of a delegate’s daughter, Margot is not directly involved in any of the political goings-on, but gets second-hand information from her father. Margot is not an entirely reliable narrator because she is a very conflicted character for a number of reasons. For one, she is a German J ...more
Kate
Firstly I’d like to thank ED Public Relations for sending me this book to read and give an honest review. This is the prequel to the best-selling novel Kommandant’s Girl and was published by Mira on 8th February 2013.

I don’t often read books from this genre because anything historical tends to go over my head a bit, this is why I was so pleasantly surprised to find myself utterly engrossed in its pages. I think the romantic side played a big part in my enjoyment but I certainly enjoyed the rest
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Cheryl
Margot Rosenthal is accompanying her father to Paris. Margot’s father is attending a peace conference. Margot would rather be something else versus joining her father. However, when Margot thinks about where she should be and that is with her fiancé’ Stefan, Margot realizes that Paris is not so bad after all. It is not that Margot did not once love Stefan but since his return, he is a changed man.

While in Paris, Margot meets Krysia, a piano player and Georg, a solider. Both Krysia and Georg wil
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Megan Readinginthesunshine
I was very much looking forward to starting The Ambassador’s Daughter as soon as it came through my letterbox. The cover especially is BEAUTIFUL! It is very eye-catching and the scene that was pictured immediately had me intrigued about the plot line and keen to discover more!

I really enjoyed this story! It captivated me from the beginning and I was hooked! I found it very difficult to put the book down, even for things such as a cooking, and my mind constantly strayed back to the story and what
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Ellen
Post WWI Allies vs.Germany politics. Set in Paris in 1918 and 1919, this story revolves around an educated German Jew who lived in England during the war where he was a professor and his daughter, and who is helping to negotiate the terms for Germany after WWI. Daughter meets a German officer who is part of the German contingent and inexplicably finds herself drawn to him and his project and offers to help him do some translating of documents as she is fluent in English, French and German. So th ...more
Amy
Georg Richwalder? The kommandant?!? This was my reaction upon learning that The Ambassador's Daughter was a prequel to The Kommandant's Girl, which I absolutely loved. But unfortunately, much like The Diplomat's Wife, the storyline and characters paled in comparison to Jenoff's treatment of the kommandant and Emma.

While it was quite interesting to meet Georg before he became the kommandant and to get to know Krysia as a younger woman, that's where my interest in this story ended.

Margot was far
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Barbara
Pan Jenoff disappoints with this prequel to her first strong story The Kommandant's Girl. The only really interesting character in this book was Georg but his feelings for Margot made little sense. Margot was really, really naive and honestly played her whole situation badly. I really could not sympathize with the daughter of a professor, well off, who can't seem to be satisfied and would rather lie about everything she feels than tell the truth. And by lying basically causing everyone else pain ...more
Diane
The Ambassador's Daughter by Pam Jenoff

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Book cover: Beautifu--it really has the "feel" of the book.

I am starting to get a little weary of reading books about war-torn Europe, but this book gives us an unusual spin on the aftermath of war. Following WWI, Europeans and other world powers are gathering and creating and signing treaties. Of course, Paris and Versailles are the backdrops. Margot Rosenthal travels with her father, who is acting a
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Denise
This book was not good and I am being kind. The premise was compelling but the main character (Margot), was irritating, whiney and not very bright, not exactly what I find interesting in a books heroine. All of her choices were bad ones and I found the storyline, which should have been interesting, dull and predictable.
Lindsay
I am having a hard time sticking through to the end on this book. Like other reviewers, I find the first-person narrative to be limited and confusing.

In addition, the writing gets in the way of the story. Partly due to the character's perspective and partly due to the way the author/Margot describe everything.

Lastly, the characters and relationships aren't developed enough to make me care about them. It also seems that Margot is very attached to people we've barely met in the book, with no exp
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Hannah Schug
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Lois
I may have finally found the most unlikable protagonist of all literature. And not in a good way. The Ambassador's Daughter is not the kind of book I'd naturally pick up; I find war stories really depressing, but at the behest of a relative, I said I'd give it a go.

The depiction of post-WW1 Paris seemed realistic, but I found it hard to immerse myself in it, which may have been down to the characters rather than the description. Occasionally I felt like the author was checking boxes on descripti
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Clare Farrelly
I picked up this book because I am interested in war stories and especially things form a Germans perspective. A German Jew only makes it even more interesting. I liked the political intrigue and spying and blackmail parts of the book. By the end though it got a bit too romancy for my liking.

I really liked the writing though and found it an easy read. It also had a lot of twists that I did not expect.... I think only one was obvious.... rather obvious. I found the actual setting and finding out
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Oceantide74
Ugh- her book are all becoming so formulaic. The narrative explanation of characters' actions is annoying. Does the author not think her audience is smart enough to make inferences?!! Margot, the protagonist is frustrating with her naïveté attitude/actions and the way so glosses over her lack of remorse at the end is unbelieving.
Ingrid Fasquelle
Après des études d’histoire et de droit, des postes dans la diplomatie et au Pentagone, Pam Jenoff enseigne désormais près de Philadelphie. Elle est l’auteure de plusieurs best-sellers internationaux. La fille de l’Ambassadeur est son premier roman publié dans la collection Mosaïc des éditions Harlequin.

Margot Rosenthal a passé la majeure partie de la guerre en Angleterre aux côtés de son père, éminent professeur en poste à Oxford. Lorsque celui-ci est chargé, au nom de l'Allemagne, de négocier
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Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senio ...more
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