All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris

All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris


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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 fates are joined by one splendid hotel

France, 1914. As war breaks out, Aurelie becomes trapped on the wrong side of the front with her father, Comte Sigismund de Courcelles. When the Germans move into their family’s ancestral estate, using it as their headquarters, Aurelie discovers she knows the German Major’s aide de camp, Maximilian Von Sternburg. She and the dashing young officer first met during Aurelie’s debutante days in Paris. Despite their conflicting loyalties, Aurelie and Max’s friendship soon deepens into love, but betrayal will shatter them both, driving Aurelie back to Paris and the Ritz— the home of her estranged American heiress mother, with unexpected consequences.

France, 1942. Raised by her indomitable, free-spirited American grandmother in the glamorous Hotel Ritz, Marguerite “Daisy” Villon remains in Paris with her daughter and husband, a Nazi collaborator, after France falls to Hitler. At first reluctant to put herself and her family at risk to assist her grandmother’s Resistance efforts, Daisy agrees to act as a courier for a skilled English forger known only as Legrand, who creates identity papers for Resistance members and Jewish refugees. But as Daisy is drawn ever deeper into Legrand’s underground network, committing increasingly audacious acts of resistance for the sake of the country—and the man—she holds dear, she uncovers a devastating secret . . . one that will force her to commit the ultimate betrayal, and to confront at last the shocking circumstances of her own family history.

France, 1964. For Barbara “Babs” Langford, her husband, Kit, was the love of her life. Yet their marriage was haunted by a mysterious woman known only as La Fleur. On Kit’s death, American lawyer Andrew “Drew” Bowdoin appears at her door. Hired to find a Resistance fighter turned traitor known as “La Fleur,” the investigation has led to Kit Langford. Curious to know more about the enigmatic La Fleur, Babs joins Drew in his search, a journey of discovery that that takes them to Paris and the Ritz—and to unexpected places of the heart. . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062931092
Publisher: HarperCollins US
Publication date: 01/14/2020
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 24
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.70(d)

About the Author

Beatriz Williams is the bestselling author of eleven novels, including The Golden Hour, The Summer Wives, A Hundred Summers, and The Wicked Redhead. A native of Seattle, she graduated from Stanford University and earned an MBA in finance from Columbia University. She lives with her husband and four children near the Connecticut shore, where she divides her time between writing and laundry.

Lauren Willig is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty novels, including The Summer Country, The Ashford Affair, and The English Wife, as well as the RITA Award–winning Pink Carnation series. An alumna of Yale University, she has a graduate degree in history from Harvard and a JD from Harvard Law School. She lives in New York City with her husband, kindergartner, toddler, and vast quantities of coffee.

Karen White is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of twenty-five novels, including Dreams of Falling and The Night the Lights Went Out. She currently writes what she refers to as “grit lit”—Southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. She is a graduate of the American School in London and has a BS in management from Tulane University. When not writing, she spends her time reading, singing, and avoiding cooking. She has two grown children and currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia, with her husband and two spoiled Havanese dogs.

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All the Ways We Said Goodbye: A Novel of the Ritz Paris 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
paigereadsthepage 5 days ago
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 the death of her husband, Babs decides to find someone code-named “Le Fluer” who was part of the resistance during WW2 but had an alleged relationship with her husband. Historically: The focus is not on the resistance, their fight, or the war. The reader does see a bit of resistance occur, but it is short-lived because the focus always turns back to the budding romance. The story revolves around their relationships. It very briefly mentions a few things that other novels have included such as Coco Chanel and the Velodrome. The Jews and their suffering are not detailed. The setting is historical, but historically nothing new is learned. Chapter Organization : Each chapter alternates between three main characters: Aurelie, Daisy, and Babs. This takes adjusting on part of the reader. Each chapter is not short; so when a new chapter started, I often found myself having to internally remind myself which character that was and their background before beginning. Rating Explained : There were a lot of scenes in Babs chapters that I found hard to believe. The story moved at a moderate pace until around 83% when the missing pieces of the lineage and relationship puzzle start to come together. However, it was easy to predict most of these pieces. This is a romantic mystery that takes place in the past. Overall, I kept reading to confirm my suspicions about the mystery concerning the relationships set in the past. Thank you to NetGalley and HarperCollins for a copy. Opinions are my own.
Dedee1 11 hours ago
4 stars but would have been 5 If the beginning hadn't been so slow. It takes a while to understand who the players are and in what time period you are seeing them Although the authors start the beginning of each chapter with the character name and date, it takes a few chapters to keep them straight. After you figure out who the characters are and what time period they fall into, it flows nicely and for the most part, it is difficult to tell that there are three authors involved with this book. The historical influences were quite interesting. It makes one appreciate what our grandparents and great grandparents experienced during war times. Even though the European landscape and population experienced much more loss and destruction than in the US, ,most of the world felt the economic impact.. There is excellent descriptions of day to day life in those times, Even though you can guess at the outcomes, it still keeps you reading long into the night. Make plenty of time to read this book as you won't want to miss the details and experiences of that time and be thankful !its of us have not had to live in those circumstances . I received this book as a complimentary copy for an unbiased review.The opinions expressed are my own. Thanks to NetGalley,publisher and authors for the ARC.
marongm8 3 days ago
This book was received as an ARC from HarperCollins Publishers - William Morrow in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. I have read a lot of Historical Fiction novels focusing on the German Nazis and all the countries they have invaded during the Holocaust. But this one was a time traveler and a romance story as well as some history influence of Paris in 1914, 1942, and 1964 and all leading up to discovering secrets of one of Paris' famous landmarks. Each woman had a different story and a different point of view of the incidents and landmarks that it brought a lot of perspective throughout the story leading to 1964 with Babs and Drew and how an unlikely pair becomes a pair that might be crucial to it all. Such an enticing and rewarding book to read and our community will really grow to love the story and the History lessons the book has to offer. We will consider adding this title to our Historical Fiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
TJReads 5 days ago
I have read many books with dual timelines, but I do believe this is the first book I’ve read that covers three different time frames, the 1914’s with Aurelie, the 1940’s with Daisy, and then we go into the 1960’s, with Babs. I will say right up front, Babs was by far my favorite storyline. On a positive note, the chapters are clearly marked as to who is speaking and which years they are covering, this makes a difficult situation much easier to follow, it does still require a little concentration to keep the characters and the timelines straight, but in the end the authors tidy it up with a neat little bow. On the downside, with multiple characters and the stories switching back and forth between years, I needed to jot down and keep track of who was who in what timeframe they were in. This helped keep it all straight, using this system as a visual aid, the story made a lot more sense, easier to follow. There is a lot going on with this story but it has humor, love and a lot of historical settings and certainly gives us a lot of education on the Ritz. A very pleasurable read. I was given an advance copy from HarperCollins Publishers/William Morrow through Net Galley for my honest review, this one gets 4 stars… Well worth the read.
LouiseFoerster 5 days ago
In ALL THE WAYS WE SAID GOODBYE, the accomplished team of Williams, Willig, and White have once again offered a compelling, entrancing, complex story about courageous women making difficult choices and risking their lives for what they believe and who and what they love. Three different time periods (1910s, 1940s, and 1960s) provide myriad perspectives on conflict, war, and the aftermath-- and the way the stories of people linked through familial and love relationships is superb, delightful, so rich and convincing I felt transported to the different time periods, in the company of fascinating characters. Nothing is as it seems--the human heart is twisty and complicated and this wonderful story lays it all out in the kind of read that keeps you up too late, too deeply involved to want to stop reading! I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review from NetGalley and the publisher.
Foxlady99 5 days ago
I always worry when a book has more than one author. Will the story flow and not be choppy? You hope that it will be seamless and that you won't be able to tell the difference in who wrote what part of the book. Well in this case, this book worked!! This is a story of three women, in three different periods of time. World War 1, World War 2 and the 1960's. These women are all strong women, often times they have more strength than they know and they each find themselves capable of so much more than they ever knew possible. I absolutely loved this book! And those that love stories of strong women and historical fiction will love this book! Thank you Edelweiss, William Morrow and Harper Collins for this ebook! I think you have an amazing book that many will love!
Foxlady99 5 days ago
I always worry when a book has more than one author. Will the story flow and not be choppy? You hope that it will be seamless and that you won't be able to tell the difference in who wrote what part of the book. Well in this case, this book worked!! This is a story of three women, in three different periods of time. World War 1, World War 2 and the 1960's. These women are all strong women, often times they have more strength than they know and they each find themselves capable of so much more than they ever knew possible. I absolutely loved this book! And those that love stories of strong women and historical fiction will love this book! Thank you Edelweiss, William Morrow and Harper Collins for this ebook! I think you have an amazing book that many will love!
Rachel_Denise01 5 days ago
All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a three- part historical fiction, romance, mystery piece all wrapped into one spectacular package. It is cowritten by Willig, Williams, and White. This is a delicious piece that alternates between main female characters each during a different time (1914, 1942, 1964). I loved the intrigue and the mystery, and how the authors were able to impressively intertwine their stories together to create a riveting and satisfying end. I loved all three women and felt that they were all realistic, imperfect, and strong women. I enjoyed reading from the viewpoint of different authors, as I have never read a book like this before. It was harrowing, gripping, romantic, bittersweet, and a breath of fresh air amongst the current selections of HF. I highly recommend this gem. 5/5 stars
Katie__B 5 days ago
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 are a fan of any or all of the authors. This story alternates between different characters and timelines which I always enjoy although I did have trouble keeping track of all the characters near the beginning. Aurelie is an heiress living in France back in 1914 just as the war is breaking out. The German military has taken over her family's estate and despite being on different sides, she forms a friendship with one of the soldiers. Switching over to 1942, Daisy was raised by her grandmother at the Ritz in Paris. Her husband is a Nazi collaborator and Daisy secretly starts helping her grandmother's Resistance efforts. And finally there is Barbara, "Babs" Langford who is a widow after the recent death of her husband Kit. The year is 1964 and Babs has traveled to Paris to meet with an American lawyer who wants her help tracking down the identity of a Resistance fighter and perhaps traitor with the mysterious nickname "La Fleur". How do these 3 storylines connect? This isn't a book in which the main goal is have the reader super shocked at how everything ties together. You do have a fairly good idea of the general direction of the story way before it is all revealed. However, because the female characters are written as strong women, whether they necessarily realized it or not, you feel invested in them and want to see how everything plays out. And there actually did manage to be one or two small surprises along the way which was nice. As for my criticism of the novel, I thought Aurelie got lost in the shuffle a bit in the first half of the book. I had the most trouble remembering the things going on with her storyline compared to the other two characters. She became distinct in my mind eventually and was an important part of the story, but I really wish it hadn't taken quite so long to get there. I also wouldn't say this is the most memorable historical fiction book when compared to some of the other books about the war in that genre. A few touching moments here and there but I wasn't moved to tears like I have been with other World War 1 and 2 historical fiction novels. I enjoyed reading this book and liked how the story highlighted some of the Resistnace efforts by women but I wouldn't place this in the must read category. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review!
MicheleReader 5 days ago
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 historical fiction during these periods. I was fully transported into this novel in which the Ritz Hotel provides its central location across the decades. In addition to the three lead women, the men in the book were well developed and admirable and the supporting women characters were wonderful. (Fans of Beatriz Williams will enjoy the appearance of a member of the Schuyler family.) Put this one on your must read list. Many thanks to Edelweiss, William Morrow/Harper Collins and The Three W’s for an advance copy.
jjthor 5 days ago
A family lineage book. Written by three different authors This book follows the lives of three different women over the years 1914,1942 and 1964 all set in a hotel in France and tells the story of them and lost loves. Very well written and emotional. It was a good storyline and fast and smooth to read. Really enjoyed it.
Anonymous 6 days ago
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 are being deployed to the front to stop the Germans taking Paris and she's soon finds herself stuck behind German lines. Aurelie has to make it to safety, she starts the long walk to her fathers ancestral estate and she eventually makes it home. The next morning the Germans arrive, they take over the estate, she's shocked to discover a familiar face and she knows one of the officers. They met before the war, while she was making her debut in Paris, he's the handsome Maximilian Von Sternburg and she has always been very attracted to him. In 1942, France has again been invaded by the Germans, Paris has fallen and the Nazis have total control. Marguerite or Daisy is stuck in a very unhappy marriage, her husband is a collaborator, she was a silly naive girl when she married him and she now has two young children to look after. Daisy is Aurelie’s daughter, she grew up living in the Ritz and she's soon drawn into helping the French resistance by her American grandmother. She agrees to become a courier, she meets a man, his code name is Legrand he forges documents to help Jewish people escape France, soon they begin having a dangerous and very risky affair. In, 1964, Babs is a English widow, a American lawyer called Drew Bowdoin, contacted her, he's trying to find a resistance fighter and he asks her to meet him in Paris. She's of course staying at the Ritz, she's hopeful he might be able to help her solve the mystery of what happened to her husband during WW II and help her to find some closure. Babs loved her husband Kit, she kept a secret letter from him and she feels very guilty. During her husbands final days he kept muttering the name La Fleur, she must be her husbands first love and she's a French spy? The book has multiple timelines, it starts in 1914, it continues in 1942 and it ends in 1964. It spans two world wars and the rather modern times of mini skirts in the 1960's. All three women are of course connected, it's a long and very complicated story. It's a saga really about war, love, tragedy and secrets. I enjoyed the book and I gave it fours stars.