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The Ambassador's Daughter

(The Kommandant's Girl 0.5)

3.62  ·  Rating details ·  3,219 ratings  ·  315 reviews
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
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 29th 2013 by Harlequin MIRA (first published December 20th 2012)
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Katie This question may no longer apply to you since you asked so long ago but it may help others. I do not think you need to read The Ambassador's Daughter…moreThis question may no longer apply to you since you asked so long ago but it may help others. I do not think you need to read The Ambassador's Daughter first for the sake of the plot. A few characters appear in The Kommandant's Girl that were in the prequel but the plot itself is not dependent. As Mary said below, it might be helpful to not know what happened to any of them when reading The Ambassador's Daughter but I read them "in order" and didn't find it to be an issue. There were some continuity issues that bothered me a bit but you'll find that no matter which order you read them in. However, you have to read The Kommandant's Girl before reading The Diplomat's Wife. The latter is most definitely a sequel. (less)

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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
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
Nov 13, 2012 rated it really liked it
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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
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 19, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is a prequel to The Kommandant's Girl and The Diplomat's Wife. It 19s 1919 and twenty-year-old, Margot is staying in Paris with her father, an ambassador working for the German government on the Treaty of Versailles. She is bored and lonely, until she makes friends with Krysia, a mysterious musician. Margot inadvertently repeats secret information putting her father 19s reputation in jeopardy. George Richwalder, a handsome naval officer, also working for the German government, offers ...more
Jan 26, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Susan Johnson
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 31, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Feb 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
'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
Megan Readinginthesunshine
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
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
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 ...more
Jul 04, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Pamela Morris
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Caroline Mincks
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars, but rounded up because of the number of times I reacted vocally. I really enjoyed this book! I read The Kommandant’s Girl first and I think that is the way to do it - going back and knowing the fate of the characters made it more emotional. I think if I had read this first it wouldn’t have had the same impact. I think it l came off as lighter than The Kommandant’s Girl, maybe because though the stakes were high, they weren’t nearly as high in this book. It felt much more focused on ...more
J.S. Dunn
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
Yet another " NYT bestseller" that is in reality a total train wreck.
Little history and less depth to any other essentials: characters, plotting.

The " vase of gardenias" in Paris is only one HUGE faux pas that any editor of normal intelligence should have caught. Out of season, and one does not cluster them on the stem in a VASE.
ggggggrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr---How does this dreck get published?

Use of first person POV makes it even more annoying. Could not finish.
Trisha Pehrson
Feb 26, 2018 rated it liked it
The character development was very good but I felt the story lacked in areas. (I think I read her best one first maybe and that may have been a mistake-The Orphans Tale) Still worth reading though.
Kate’s Book Spot
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
It takes some skill to effectively write historical fiction in a way that rings true with the reader. The Ambassador’s Daughter is a fairly strong example. While I certainly cannot testify to the authenticity of the details, the author does a credible job of bringing to life the world in Europe after the war. The author drew out Margot’s tale, carefully laying out various parts of her life and writing them into one cohesive story. Though I do have reservations, this novel was actually a breath ...more
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
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 ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
It is 1919. Margot Rosenthal is 20 years old and in Paris accompanying her father, a German diplomat, who is attending the peace conference following the Great War. Margot is a reluctant visitor – she feels distrusted by the allies for being a German and distrusted by the Germans for being a Jew.

Margot is engaged to Stefan who she has known since their schooldays. It was an impulsive engagement and one which she may be regretting. Stefan was about to go to war and Margot accepted his marriage
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, fiction, tour
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 ...more
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Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
May 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Ambassador's Daughter by Pam Jenoff

Challenges read for: Goodreads, EBook, Historical Fiction

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
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
After reading the first two books in this series, it was interesting to read the "prequel" of a character I'd already met. I enjoy historical fiction from many time periods, but I haven't read much from the World War I era, so it made the storylines fresh. Like the previous two books, there was intrigue and espionage, and with it, twists and turns that made me start or gasp a bit as they were revealed. But this book had a bit more of a love story than the previous two (though they had their own ...more
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Pam is the author of several novels, including her most recent The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan's Tale, both instant New York Times bestsellers. Pam 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 ...more

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