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 gave the book fours stars.
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins - US (20 January 2020)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062931091
- ISBN-13: 978-0062931092
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.5 x 22.9 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 590 g
- Customer Reviews: 57 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)