The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Harmel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Hauntingly heartbreaking. That is The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel. This novel takes the reader to the heart of the savagery and destruction of Paris during World War II. Ruby is an American whose marriage to a Frenchman is falling apart. He is later executed for being part of an escape line. Ruby decides to continue his work as she craves a purpose after having recently lost a baby. This includes taking care of and hiding fallen soldiers in a secret room. She meets Thomas, an RAF pilot whom she helps to escape. They fall in love but Thomas must return to the fight. Ruby and her ward, Charlotte, continue with their efforts until tragedy strikes and Ruby is arrested. This novel was superb at portraying the emotions of the characters--love, hate, sorrow, and patriotism. Readers of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale will appreciate this novel, as will Rosamunde Pilcher fans.
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