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The Room on Rue Amélie

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  9,748 ratings  ·  1,539 reviews
For fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls, this powerful novel of fate, resistance, and family—by the international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and When We Meet Again—tells the tale of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the tumultuous ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Gallery Books
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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 things I most enjoyed about this novel was learning th
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 to Paris, against her parents’ wishes because the p
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 would be similar to The Nightingale. Given what I do for a living, I
Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
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 of pace for us and we really enjoyed the lighter, e
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 Girls were mashed together into one bad novel, taking
Mar 18, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 sad wartime story stars

Life 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 Marcel becomes more and more secretive, disappearin
Mar 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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 through countless WWII novels, I still find myself
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
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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 attention another person that many people did not
Stephanie Anze
Jul 02, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

When 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 historical fiction work to add to my repertoire. I l
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 Amelie is a powerful story, I was emotional while I w
Cristina | CristiinaReads
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
➳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...

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Brandi Hodges
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 book! The characters and the worlds built by Harmel
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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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 distressing to just read about the horrors inflicted on h
Fred Shaw
Sep 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
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.
MaryBeth's Bookshelf
Apr 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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 and start to see their world closing in on them as
*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 door lives an older Jewish couple with an inquisiti
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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 passion. In the beginning of this brilliant novel, I wo
Feb 08, 2018 rated it liked it
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 stories to begin with (which makes you wonder why I was readi ...more
Katie Kelley
Dec 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 fans of Kate Quinn’s The Alice Network, this is your next bi ...more
Pam Jenoff
Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A remarkable WW2 story about an American woman in Paris who hides both a dashing RAF pilot and a young Jewish girl, with life-changing repercussions for all.
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’s. As the Nazis’ hold over Paris tightens, Ruby k
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 torn France was interesting and seemed to be well researche
Lady Em
Nov 04, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one with an ounce of sense
Recommended to Lady Em by: No one; I just didn't believe all those five-star reviews.
I read about a third of this cliched, inane, flat-as-a-fritter romance and deleted it from my Kindle for fear of infection.

The writing is turgid and formulaic romance fluff--Marcel and his chiseled cheeks, etc., is barf-inducing; the main character is dumb and uninteresting; the obligatory young Jewish girl a veritable mash-up of every such character from platoons of Bad WWII Books; and the plot, such as it is, a miasma of tired tropes done to death by equally untalented scribblers.

The bits abou
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
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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, don’t show” nature; clichés run rampant; action takes a b
Jun 10, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
Laura G (lauralovestoread)

“𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚖𝚞𝚜𝚝 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚔 𝚘𝚏 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚙𝚎𝚘𝚙𝚕𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚖𝚘𝚜𝚝, 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚛𝚎𝚖𝚎𝚖𝚋𝚎𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞’𝚛𝚎 𝚏𝚒𝚐𝚑𝚝𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚊𝚛 𝚝𝚘 𝚖𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚠𝚘𝚛𝚕𝚍 𝚜𝚊𝚏𝚎 𝚏𝚘𝚛 𝚝𝚑𝚎𝚖.”

My first book by author, Kristin Harmel, and I just loved it so much! The Room on Rue Amélie is a story told from 3 POV in Paris, France, as the approach of war is near. We meet Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas, as their stories intersect, and they fight to survive.

I started this book as a buddy read, but it had been on my radar for quite some time. I loved the strength that Ru
Jan 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“Her mother had once told her that some people you meet are meant to be a part of your world forever, but some are meant only to change the course of your life and then move on.”

"The Room on Rue Amelie", tells the story of an American woman named Ruby, a British RAF pilot named Thomas, and a young Jewish teenager named Charlotte, whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the many harsh days of World War II. It's a story about bravery, hope, and loving one another regardless of titles.

I do
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4 stars from me for this classic WWII story

I 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 I have tried to return to the US?

This book has a l
Rhonda Ruff
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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!
Cathy Daniel
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Crying my eyes out! What a lovely, touching story . Bits of hope and inspiration sprinkled throughout this story. Well done
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Kristin Harmel is the international bestselling author of THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE, THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING, THE LIFE INTENDED, WHEN WE MEET AGAIN, and several other novels. Her latest, THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE, is coming in August 2019 from Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster. A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has also freelanced for many other publications, including American Baby, Men ...more
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