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All the Ways We Said Goodbye

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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 1960s, in which three women with bruised hearts find refuge at Paris legendary Ritz hotel.

The heiress . . .
The Resistance fighter . . .
The widow . . .
Three women whose
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ebook, 448 pages
Published January 14th 2020 by William Morrow
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Alexis Yes, Precious was Oppossum who entered the back of the bookshop to let Daisy know that she had to go elsewhere. When Daisy leaves for Switzerland,…moreYes, Precious was Oppossum who entered the back of the bookshop to let Daisy know that she had to go elsewhere. When Daisy leaves for Switzerland, Precious becomes La Fleur. (less)
Blair Yes, there are a lot of callbacks to seems to the Glass Ocean, which actually is motivating me to go reread it!

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Yes, there are a lot of callbacks to seems to the Glass Ocean, which actually is motivating me to go reread it!

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<spoiler> For instance, Kit is Robert Langford's son with Tess, and there's even a joke about how she called one of the obnoxious swans "Caroline." They refer to the bunker on the lake with the bridge as well. Kit likely learned to be such a good forger because of his artistic/con-artist mother as well!

Prunella Schuyler, who we see also talk about her time on the Lusitania, also ties in to Williams' Schuyler Family tree.
I love easter eggs like this. </spoiler>(less)

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Paige
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
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Bkwmlee
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three formidable women. Three different time periods. One hotel that connects their stories together. This is the premise of All 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. Im familiar with each of these 3 authors 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 ...more
Katie B
3.5 stars

I'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
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Laura • lauralovestoread
All the Ways We Said Goodbye was so good! It was written by not one, but three fantastic authors. This story takes three POVs, by three women in three different timelines, with the Ritz Hotel in Paris at the center of each of their stories.

This was such a beautiful story, and it captivated me right away. A beautiful story woven through the timelines of WWI 1914, WWII 1942, and post-war 1960s. I just loved this book so much, and recommend it to historical fiction lovers, and those looking to give
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Karren  Sandercock
All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a story about three strong women and all had a unique connection to the famous French hotel. The three women had lived or stayed at the Ritz, Aurelie Courcelles is a French heriess, Marguerite (Daisy ) Villon is a French resistance fighter and Babs Langford is a English widow.

France 1914, Aurelie is staying at the Ritz with her mother, she makes a rash decision to leave Paris and to drive her fiance to the front. The Germans are advancing towards capital, all men
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Lisa
Mar 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A magnificent hotel, an intricately woven plot, three strong women characters written by three eloquent authors.

SUMMARY
France, 1914. Aurelie is at her familys ancestral home, when the Germans move in and begin using it as their headquarters, Aurelie discovers she knows one of the German officers, Maximilian Von Sternburg. Despite their conflicting loyalties, Aurelie and Maxs friendship soon deepens into a love, that will shatter them both.

France, 1942. Daisy was raised by her indomitable
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Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Three women, three different time periods, three different situations, but they all find the Ritz of Paris to be their comfort zone.

We meet Aurelie in 1914 who lived at the Ritz with her mother. She needed to get away and had the perfect excuse. She drove her fiancée to the front, and on her way back, her car was shot up. She thankfully was near her fathers estate and walked there to only find she would be stuck there because the Nazis had arrived and had taken over the estate.

We meet Daisy in
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ABookwormWithWine
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ / 5

I am thoroughly impressed with All the Ways We Said Goodbye by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig and Karen White. I mostly listened to it on audio and I loved the three narrators; I thought they each did an excellent job of reading their characters.

If you gravitate towards historical fiction novel with strong female leads then look no further, All the Ways We Said Goodbye has that and more. It was such an intricate plot that spans three different characters and three different time
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MicheleReader
Dec 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 rating rounded up

All The Ways We Said Goodbye is another gem by the writing team of Willig, Williams, and White. Each strong writer tells the tale of one of the three female characters set in: 1914, 1942, 1964. As this writing team has done in two earlier works, the joint effort works seamlessly and effectively. While two of the three timelines take place during World Wars, the focus is on the strong women who are trying to survive versus the detailed horrors of war that we normally find in
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Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
It's 1914 in Paris and Aurelie leaves her plush surroundings at the Ritz to head to her father's estate. Once she gets to her father's very old, yet still impressive castle, it doesn't take long for the Germans to come and declare this location as their newest headquarters. This is obviously a tough pill to swallow, but she recognizes one of the German soldiers as Max Von Sternburg. Aurelie knows Max from a very different time in Paris where she was a debutante and their worries were few and far ...more
Mellie Antoinette
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
My most anticipated of January 2020 did not disappoint! Paris, war, castles, jewels, talismans, titles, titans, thieving armies (oh my!), family drama, hidden libraries, antique bookstores, and a guilded room at the Ritz. Makes you want bourbon on the rocks and a long-stemmed cigarette! So French. Loved it!
Tracy
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
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
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Morgan
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am totally impressed that three different authors can come together to produce a completely cohesive narrative.
1914 / 1942 / 1964
Three timelines, two different wars; three different heroines all come together melded into an intriguing story of love and betrayal; heroism in the time of war; loss and redemption.
There is a little bit of everything in this novel: Romance, mystery; a family saga spanning the ages and the Hotel Ritz in Paris as center stage.
Jennifer
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig collaboration I've read and it won't be the last and I'll be checking out each of their individual work. This book is very good.
KC
Crossing multiple time periods (WWI, WWII, and post WWII) and told from multiple points of view, three women face tremendous hardship and loss while overcoming horrific challenges, clinging to love and hope. Perfect for book clubs and fans of WWII novels.
Blodeuedd Finland
This is a 3 part story, and I did feel that it either could have been longer or sorry one person should have been left out. I wanted more!

In 1914 there is noblewoman Aurelie, from an illustrious line, that keeps a locket with Jean of Arc's blood as a talisman. I did want more of her story. The German's take over her castle, she falls in love with one as she knew him before the war. Though she is just as much playing him for information. It was just over so fast!

I am not sure who narrated her
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Tammy
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: release-2020
All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a sweeping family saga of three strong females and their heroic men thats centrally located in different time settings at The Ritz of Paris Hotel and a beautiful centurys old French Chateau. This book easily transported me back in time to each different era. I didnt want to put it down. With so many genres rolled up into one entertaining story; romance, humor, mystery & suspense, to secrets and tragedy from wartime France in 1914 & 1942 to the flip hair ...more
The Nerd Daily
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Marla Warren

Almost immediately after closing this book, I already missed these characters. Williams, Willig, and White (also known as Team W) have crafted a gorgeous tale about the interwoven lives of three truly formidable women, in three different timelines, but all tied together through the illustrious Paris Ritz Hotel.

Aurelie is living with her American born mother at the Paris Ritz during World War I, but Aurelie is French nobility on her
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Davida Chazan
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of historical fiction, women's fiction, and literary fiction
4.5/5 stars! In their third collaboration, authors Lauren Willig, Karen White Beatriz Williams, (aka Team W) follow a family legend that spans two world wars and discovering the truth, with the stories of three women. This novel was released on January 14, 2020. You can read more in my #bookreview on my blog here. https://tcl-bookreviews.com/2020/01/1...
Rebecca
Set amid three different time periods (1914, 1942, and 1964), All the Ways We Said Goodbye follows Aurélie the French heiress, Daisy the Resistance fighter, and Barbara/Babs the widow. How do their three stories intertwine?

"Some women are lost in the fire, and some are built with it."

First of all, since so much of this story occurred at the luxurious Ritz Hotel in Paris, I took a few minutes to google it and ogle the extravagant photos. Oooooh la la! After that, I was ready to get back to
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Merry
Feb 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 3-star
Written in a similar manner to other books these three authors have collaborated on, this particular book follows three women in three different timeframes whose stories are ultimately connected. We have Aurelie who resists the invasion of German soldiers during WWI yet still falls in love with a German officer, Daisy who turns spy during WWII despite being married to a Nazi collaborator, and Babs in 1964 as she tries to find out the identity of a Resistance fighter who had been in love with her ...more
Tammy
Dec 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a sweeping family saga of three strong females and their heroic men thats centrally located in different time settings at The Ritz of Paris Hotel and a beautiful centurys old French Chateau. This book easily transported me back in time to each different era. I didnt want to put it down. With so many genres rolled up into one entertaining story; romance, humor, mystery & suspense, to secrets and tragedy from wartime France in 1914 & 1942 to the flip hair ...more
Danielle
Jan 17, 2020 rated it did not like it
So, I don't read a ton of historical fiction, but if a book from the perspectives of three women (who seem to be unrelated, but surprise they actually are related) that's set at least partially during WWII Europe sounds familiar, it's because The Gown: A Novel of the Royal Wedding did it a little over a year ago. I'm sure these aren't the only books to fit these confines, but the similarities really stood out to me (and made me enjoy the book less).

I really didn't like the multiple narrators.
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Dennis
A well written historical fiction/family-drama fusion. All the Ways We Said Goodbye has three different point of views (with Daisy's being by far my favorite) in three different time periodsWorld War I, World War II, and post-World War II 1960s. As the story unfolds, the three narrators, Barbara (Babs), Aurelie, and Daisy find that they have a lot more in common than they think. I really loved how the story unfolded, but quickly realized that this is more of a romance and family-drama than ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This was a historical fiction story with a bit of a mystery. There are three different stories, told in three different times, WWI, WWII, and the 1960s. When I first started this story I was a bit confused. What did these three women have in common besides The Ritz? How do these stories connect? Well, suffice it to say that when all was revealed, it was worth the wait and the minor confusion. Even though I had that original confusion, the authors kept me interested throughout and the stories ...more
Carli
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5. Three womens stories combine over the course of 50 years in France, all convening at the Ritz hotel in Paris. It is partly a mystery of identity and part a testament to the strength of women. If you like historical fiction, add this to your list. ...more
Samantha
Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Having really enjoyed the previous collaboration of these three authors on The Glass Ocean, I assumed this book would be a winner, and indeed it was.

It is primarily a family saga a complex and intricate one featuring not one but two commendable war heroineswith dashes of mystery, romance, and espionage.

Ill be very curious to learn how the writing process worked amongst the three authors (anyone seen an interview on this yet with any of them? Please do let me know if you have). I am assuming
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Rebecca
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars
I really love family saga's and this one lived up to all my expectations of this subgenre.  This book was full of loss and pain, but also love and hope and passion and man did I really enjoy it!  This book tells the story of three women during different types of great pain and upheaval in their lives and shows how strong and resilient they are, even when they can't recognize it in themselves.  It shows the turning point in each of their lives and what they choose to do to with.  
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Susan
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow this book is excellent! It weaves together three different stories from three different times. It was really hard to put it down. I did have to take notes to keep the characters straight but thats mostly because its harder to flip back in an ebook. I really love historical fiction especially about WWII and this book was so good.

I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Gail
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed this book by three of my favorite authors. This is their third collaboration. I think it is their best!
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