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The Riviera House Kindle Edition
Beautifully written and intimately researched, The Riviera House weaves an intriguing and wonderfully imagined path between WW2 Paris and modern-day French Riviera. Lester handles the darker aspects of war sensitively, while effortlessly drawing the reader into a powerful tale of art, passion and secrets. Like the masterpieces she writes about, Lester adds rich layers and real depth to her characters, and fans of historical fiction and dual timeline novels will be mesmerised as connections are slowly revealed, building toward a heart wrenching finale. Magnifique!-- "Hazel Gaynor, New York Times bestselling author" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
About the Author
Barrie Kreinik is an actor, singer, playwright, and voice-dialect coach based in New York City. Her audiobook narrations have earned an AudioFile Earphones Award. A graduate of the Brown/Trinity MFA acting program, she is a proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- ASIN : B093WP97JS
- Publisher : Hachette Australia (1 September 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 1346 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 481 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 153871731X
- Best Sellers Rank: 927 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Your knowledge & insight is amazing.
Paris 1939. Éliane Dufort lives in Paris with her parents and siblings. The family has a small brasserie. Éliane works part time at the Louvre, and as a waitress in the family brasserie. But when Paris falls under German control, lives are changed forever. The Germans are stealing artworks, and they do not realise that Éliane understands German. Éliane is able to share information about the artworks with members of the Resistance. But this is both courageous and dangerous. And who can she trust? There are spies everywhere.
In the present day, following the tragic loss of her husband and daughter, Remy Lang retreats to a home she has inherited on the Riviera. Remy has a vintage fashion business, and in a catalogue of artworks stolen during World War II she discovers in her Riviera house, she is shocked to discover a painting that hung on her bedroom wall as a child. Who owns the painting?
The story shifts between past and present, between the heroic activities of Éliane and others during World War II and the puzzles and issues confronting Remy in the present day.
Rose Valland was the hero used by Ms Lester as the inspiration for this novel, which took me into a part of World War II history dealing with German art theft and its far-reaching repercussions. Ms Lester brings the two storylines together brilliantly: I was left guessing about some connections until near the end.
Both sets of characters came to life for me in this deeply moving story, and I became caught up in both timelines.
Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes.
Natasha brings her characters to life with her writing. They become people that you would like to be friends with (or kill, depending on the circumstances) As always, we have a dual timeline happening in The Riviera House and I love both parts of the story.
In 1939 Paris we meet Elaine Dufort and her family. She works at The Lourve and she finds love with a painter, Xavier. But then the Nazi's take over the city and he flees for England. Elaine send her family away to safety and remains in Paris to help protect the city and the artworks from the Germans. But life for a young woman in Nazi run Paris is hard and she has to do what she has to do to survive, even if she cannot bear to think it.
In the present day we meet Remy Lang. She is grieving and travels from Sydney to her home on the French Riviera to take some time away for herself and work on her business. The home was something she inherited but has no idea from who or why. She find a catalogue of artworks and discovers a family connection that she cannot ignore.
Both women are incredibly strong and worthy women. I felt for them both and the situations that they were in. I wanted things to work out for them both but always fearful of what the story would unfold.
Natasha, I loved it. It will make you cry and it will make you appreciate the freedom of the world that we live in today.
There is so much to love about this book that it’s hard to know where to start. Of course the horror of the Nazi occupation of Paris, the beauty of the Mediterranean and the exquisite elegance of the House at Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat provide stunning backdrops to the stories unfolding here but there is so much more to this book. The emotional stories of both Éliane during WWII and Remy in 2015 along with their respective love interests are utterly engaging. I felt the fear that Éliane felt as she spied on the Nazis. I felt the suffering Remy experienced as she dealt with the death of her daughter. The exquisite beauty of Remy’s vintage clothes was beautifully detailed on the page as was the emotion invoked by the art that Éliane catalogued in the Jeu does Paumes. This story made for compelling reading. It is a book that I feel privileged to have read and can highly recommend.
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Let me say you will not be able to put this book down. It has love deceit lies mystery cheating murder that will keep you turning page after page after page. If it's so good you are probably wondering why I gave it 4stars and not 5. The reason is this book is set in the past present format. You know a few chapters are in the past then the next few are in the present. The present was not as good as the past and the main present character REMY took away from the flow of the story. Having said that this book is still absolutley worth your money and time !
Also Lester has written another book called THE PARIS SECRET that book is fantastic don't pass it up !
This dual time line novel connects the life of Elaine in Paris during the war and Remy in present day who is fighting to recover from a terrible personal tragedy. Many times in a dual time line novel, I like one story better than the other but in this book, both times lines and both characters were so interesting that I enjoyed them both.
Paris, 1939. Eliane works at the Louvre cataloging the art collection. She also works at home to help her younger siblings because her parents spend all of their time at a restaurant they own and her father spends much of his time drunk. As the German Army grew closer to Paris, she worked with other people to help remove many of the important paintings and statues from the Louvre to put into hiding in various estates throughout France. When the Germans start to confiscate art from the museums, it quickly becomes apparent that the masterpieces are being sent to the private collections of Goering and Hitler. They continue to get more art work from the rich Jewish families who are being sent to camps. Elaine continues to work with the Germans and since they have no idea that she can understand German she is able to get valuable information about what paintings are being removed and where they were sent. She's playing a dangerous game but believes that this information needs to go to the Resistance so that once the war is over, the art can be returned to the rightful owners.
Present Day - Remy comes to a home on the Riviera that was mysteriously given to her to help herself recover from a personal tragedy. When she finds a catalog of the art works that were stolen from France during WWII, she's shocked that one of them hung on her childhood bedroom walls. She was adopted and knew very little about her birth parents but she begins to wonder how they became the owners of this painting. As she starts a personal investigation into the painting, she finds out family secrets that shock and dismay her.
This wonderful written, well researched novel is based on a real woman who risked her life to save the art in Paris during the war. Other characters were also based on real people of the time. I think it's great that we can learn more about women who worked with the resistance because these stories have stayed hidden until now. This was a book that I couldn't put down and I'm still thinking about the characters days after I finished reading it. It's a real testament to the women who fought to make a difference in the world and to overcome their oppressors during the war. I shed a few tears while reading it but left the book with feelings of gratitude for these women as well as awe at their bravery