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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 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. . . .


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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 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. . . .

30 review for All the Ways We Said Goodbye

  1. 4 out of 5

    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 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, Edelweiss, and HarperCollins for a copy. Opinions are my own.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bkwmlee

    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 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. I’m familiar with each of these 3 author’s 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 me), and seeing how much I enjoyed this one, I am definitely grateful for the opportunity. The story opens first in the year 1964, with recently widowed Barbara “Babs” Langford at a crossroads trying to figure out her life after the death of her beloved husband Kit. When Babs receives a letter from an American lawyer named Drew Boudoin seeking her help with locating a Resistance fighter whom her husband possibly knew while working in Nazi-occupied France during World War II, she agrees to join him in a search that finds them traveling to Paris and the famous Ritz hotel. We are then taken back to the year 1914, at the onset of the Great War, where Aurelie, the daughter of the Comte de Courcelles, decides to leave her mother, who has been residing at the Ritz hotel in Paris, to accompany her father at their ancestral estate in Picardy, France. Not long after she arrives, the estate is taken over by German troops who requisition the home as well as its surrounding area for their headquarters. During this time, Aurelie discovers that she actually knows one of the German officers – Max von Sternburg – from her debutante days in Paris and despite being on opposite sides, they strike up a friendship that later develops into something more. The timeline then switches to 1942, where Marguerite “Daisy” Villon lives with her Nazi collaborator husband Pierre and their 2 children in Paris, a few blocks from the Hotel Ritz where she grew up and where the grandmother who raised her still lives. After some persuasion, Daisy agrees to assist in her grandmother’s Resistance efforts by helping to deliver identity papers created by a skilled forger named Legrand, to Jewish refugees. Eventually, Daisy gets pulled deeper into the Resistance network, where working closer and closer with Legrand with change her life in ways she never expected. The first thing that struck me about this novel was the seamlessness of the writing in that, to me at least, there was really no way to tell that 3 different authors were involved with writing this -- this is significant given that, in their individual works, each author has her own distinct style of writing, yet here, those different styles were pretty much indistinguishable. Given the way the story was structured – with three alternating timelines anchored by three women with distinctly different personalities – I was impressed by how cohesively the narratives flowed together. In addition to some clever transitions thrown in that linked the end of each chapter to the beginning of the next one (which I actually didn’t catch on to until about a third of the way through the novel), the various plot points were also well-crafted in terms of joining the timelines together in a way that still left room for each character’s individual stories to be told. Speaking of the characters – one of the things I liked most about this book was the character development aspect, especially with regard to the 3 female protagonists, all of whom I found myself rooting for. Even the male characters were written well, which isn’t always easy to do when the female characters in the story are strong and at the forefront of driving each of the narratives forward – I felt that the authors were able to strike a good balance in this aspect in terms of giving us strong, well-developed characters on both sides. With all that said however, I did struggle a little bit with the rating on this one, as there were a few things about this book that I had a problem with, which is why, in the end, I chose to rate this 4 stars instead of 5. One of the biggest issues was the emotional depth of the story, which I found surprisingly lacking given the setting against the backdrop of 2 World Wars -- I was expecting to be more moved by the story and even shed a tear or two, but that didn’t happen. Perhaps the reason for this is, while there were plenty of historical elements, all of which were incorporated well into each of the narratives, the focus of the story overall seemed to lean more heavily toward the romance aspect and the relationships between the characters. Of course, nothing wrong with this per se, but since I’m more of a historical fiction fan and less keen on romance, it makes sense that this would impact my reading experience a bit. Another thing was that the plot elements were largely predictable in that, from the first chapter, I kind of already knew the direction that the story would be headed (and it turns out I was spot-on in terms of how all 3 narratives tied together), so there ended being no surprises or “gut-punch” moments for me. Overall, I did enjoy reading this one, as it had many of the things I expect in a good book: a compelling, well-written story that kept me turning the pages; well-developed, complex characters that I felt invested in (to different extents); a relatively fast-paced plot that flowed well; and of course, a well-incorporated historical setting. I think fans of the 3 authors will love this one and while it wasn’t necessarily a “favorite” in my book, I liked it well enough to want to go back through all 3 authors’ backlists as well as read the previous two ‘Team W’ works that they did – hopefully some time in the near future, I will have time to do so! Received ARC from William Morrow (HarperCollins) via NetGalley.

  3. 4 out of 5

    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 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!

  4. 5 out of 5

    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 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 HF a try! *Thank you William Morrow for this gifted copy for review. All opinions are my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    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 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 did enjoy reading the book and did it need to be so long? I gave the book four stars, I have shared my review on Goodreads, Edelweiss, Twitter, Barnes & Noble, Australian Amazon and my blog. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    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 A magnificent hotel, an intricately woven plot, three strong women characters written by three eloquent authors. SUMMARY France, 1914. Aurelie is at her family’s 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 Max’s friendship soon deepens into a love, that will shatter them both. France, 1942. Daisy was raised by her indomitable grandmother in the glamorous Hotel Ritz. She continues to live in Paris with her two children and her husband Pierre, who becomes a Nazi collaborator after France falls to Hitler. Daisy agrees to act as a courier for a skilled English forger, who creates identity papers for the resistance and for Jewish refugees. As Daisy is drawn deeper into the underground network, she uncovers secret information, and commit the ultimate betrayal. France, 1964. Babs was haunted by a mysterious woman known by her husband, Kit, as La Fleur. After Kit’s death, American lawyer Andrew “Drew” Bowdoin appears at Bab’s door. He was hired to find the Resistance fighter turned traitor known as “La Fleur,” Curious to know more about 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…. REVIEW Three strong women characters, three eloquent women authors, an intricately woven story and a magnificent hotel. What could be better? The writing was superb and the story was mesmerizing. I enjoyed following the alternating chapters of Aurelie, Daisy and Babs and discerning their role in the story and their connections to one another. One of my favorite parts of this beguiling story was the transitions between chapters which take place decades apart. While perhaps just a little thing, I very much looked forward to these skillfully-crafted transitions which referenced to an item, for example, a scarf, at the conclusion of one chapter and then picks up on a scarf reference in the opening scene of the next chapter. This simple connection between the chapters captivated me. The attention to details such as this, makes this a treasure of a book,. If you like historical fiction, strong women characters, and a little romance thrown in this is the book for you. I also appreciated the reference to the Scarlet Pimpernel and to the French Revolution. Thanks to authors Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig for a delightful experience. I listened to the audible version of the book and felt the narrators also helped bring the story to life. Publisher William Morrow Published January 14, 2020 Narrated Helen Sadler, Nicola Barber, Saskatchewan Maarleveld Review www.bluestockingreviews.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    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 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 father’s 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 1942 who was raised by her grandmother at the Ritz and who eventually helped her grandmother with the resistance. Then we meet Babs in 1964 whose husband had been in the war and had befriended La Fleur who was a resistance fighter. Babs wants to find out who La Fleur was since her husband called out her name a number of times before his death. She also meets at the Ritz with an American lawyer who is also looking for La Fleur. There are quite a few characters to keep straight, but the main characters are strong, brave, and very likeable. Babs was my favorite...her story had me laughing at some of the things she did and said. Aurelie’s story was the most interesting because of her situation but was the most upsetting. I admired Daisy for what she was doing for the French Resistance, and enjoyed reading about another way things were secretly done. The 3W's did it again!! ALL THE WAYS WE SAID GOODBYE is another marvelous, well-researched, difficult-to-put-down tale. We readers are again treated to their detailed writing, terrific story line, and smooth transition from one author to the next, but have a notebook handy to keep all the characters straight. Do not miss reading this gem. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

  8. 5 out of 5

    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 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ / 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 periods. I loved Aurelie, Marguerite and Babs all so very much and I was equally interested in all three of their stories which doesn't always happen for me. I really loved the way all of them ended up being tied to each other, and there were a lot of surprises that I didn't see coming. I can scarcely believe this book was written by three different authors, and I thought it flowed as if only one person had written it. I loved the writing, the plot, the tears, the happiness, and the romance. I honestly can't think of a single bad thing to say about All the Ways We Said Goodbye because I loved it so much. I don't really want to touch on the plot too much to keep the secrecy, and I think the synopsis tells you all you need to know. Final Thought: If you love historical fiction and like at least one of these authors then I highly recommend checking out All the Ways We Said Goodbye, especially on audio. The audio really brought the book to life for me and there was more than once I was ugly crying in my car. The story was very moving, and I hope everyone loves these characters as much as I did! I can't wait to read more from this collaboration of authors. Thank you to the publisher for providing me with an advance review copy of this book, all opinions and thoughts are my own.

  9. 5 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    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 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 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. January 14 is right around the corner. Many thanks to Edelweiss, William Morrow/Harper Collins and The Three W’s for an advance copy. Review also posted on my blog MicheleReader.com

  10. 4 out of 5

    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 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 between. Can they still maintain their friendship (and possibly something more?) amidst the face of war, especially since the German soldiers are downright horrible to not only Aurelie's family, but the entire village? Then there's Daisy Villon who lives in Paris in 1942. Her world is changing rapidly as France falls to Hitler, but her Nazi sympathizing husband says they have nothing to worry about. Daisy's grandmother says otherwise and convinces Daisy to help her work for the Resistance. Before Daisy knows it, she is in too deep, but how can she not help these desperate people? While working for the Resistance, Daisy meets a man who will change her life forever. Lastly, there's Barbara Langford, otherwise known as Babs, and she is newly widowed. When her husband, Kit, returned from the war, he was never the same and often mentioned a mysterious woman known as La Fleur. Meanwhile, an American, Drew Bowdoin, has contacted her after he husband's death about La Fleur. He is trying to track her down and the path led straight to Babs. Who is La Fleur? How does this mysterious Resistance member involve Kit? Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White expertly weave all three women's stories together in All the Ways We Said Goodbye; historical fiction fans will love this tale filled with heartache, family secrets, war, hope, and new beginnings. Read the rest of my review here: http://www.confessionsofabookaddict.c...

  11. 5 out of 5

    Mellie Antoinette

    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!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tracy

    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 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 read to have fun and that other stuff upsets me deeply. This book captured the stress and uncertainties of war time and did it so tastefully that I enjoyed the experience! As to the story itself, you read about 3 different girls who in the end their stories are all intertwined and connected in ways you start to unravel as you go. There were a few parts of the story I felt were too contrived or not realistic and then there were some other parts that weren't fairytale perfect enough for my tastes! So, who am I to complain and nitpick? I'm not the one sitting there trying to make all 3 stories work and make sense! All in all I think it was a fabulous book and I motored through it rapidly because it held my attention so thoroughly. Several characters are very witty and made me laugh out loud which is always a good sign if a book can do that! Especially one about war... I can't wait to see what Team W have up their sleeve next. They are certainly a great Team!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    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.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    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.

  16. 4 out of 5

    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 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 parts, but I liked it. In 1942 there is Daisy, who clearly married the wrong man. I wanted more of her rise to a resistance fighter. She was so cowed, and then she was a spy. There is also a German officer around that was also around in 1914... Again, I do not know who narrated her either, but whoever it was did a good job with this too,. And then in the 60s Barb goes to find out what her husband did in France during the war. Her part was fine as brief, cos looking for the past is never as interesting as being in the past. She was a good interlude. But oh Barb, I had a hard time with her. Her husband, on to be, got a letter while recuperating and she never showed it to him! So not cool. But then he could just have gone back too... Again, whoever narrated did well. I did like the story as a whole, they are all connected, and it is obvious how. Not one aha moment, but maybe it was meant to be like that. And yes the earlier stories could have been longer and more fleshed out, but the thing is if they had been then the book would have been too heavy. I did like that there were 3 distinct narrators too so that every woman got to shine in her own light.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tammy

    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 All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a sweeping family saga of three strong females and their heroic men that’s centrally located in different time settings at The Ritz of Paris Hotel and a beautiful century’s old French Chateau. This book easily transported me back in time to each different era. I didn’t 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 style and mini skirt era of 1964, this book is not to be missed. I really enjoyed it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    The Nerd Daily

    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 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 father’s side and feels out-of-place in her mother’s world of poets and academics. Through a little bit of trickery and more than a little bit of stubbornness, Aurelie finds herself back at her father’s ancestral estate, and on the wrong side of the front lines. As the Germans move in and begin requisitioning everything from the estate, Aurelie realises she has met one of the German officers before – at one of her mother’s debutante events. While they are on different sides of the war, they grow to see just how much they have in common. But this is wartime, and betrayal seems far more likely than a happy ending. Daisy was raised by her free-spirited Grandmother in the Paris Ritz, but it is now 1942 and she is married to a French diplomat who is working for the German occupiers. Through her grandmother’s insistence, Daisy begins to help the resistance at great risk to her family and herself. She and the skilled English forger that she begins working with develop deep feelings for each other, but when Daisy is forced to confront dark secrets from her family’s past, she is not left with many choices of what to do next. Babs is a young widow in the 1960s’. She married her childhood sweetheart, Kit, after he returned from World War II, where he spent time in a German camp. When he came home he had no desire to talk about those days and Babs, afraid of causing him more pain, does not ask for information. She even hides a letter that comes for him from a mysterious woman called “La Fleur.” But shortly after Kit’s death, Babs receives a letter from an American man named Drew whose father also fought in World War II and is now in extremely poor health. His father worked with the resistance and was supposed to meet La Fleur, but when she did not show, Drew’s father was branded a traitor. Drew wants Babs to help him uncover the secrets behind La Fleur and clear his father’s name. So they decide to meet in Paris. At the Ritz Hotel. All three stories are beautifully told, and the book takes you back and forth between the stories so that they all unravel together. With this storytelling style, sometimes the reader is left wishing for more of one story or skipping ahead to get back to what is going on in one particular timeline, but NEVER in this book! All three tales are so uniquely told and fascinating that I never even thought of skipping ahead to get back to one particular woman’s story. I loved every minute of each woman’s adventure. Just walking through a bookstore, I don’t think I would ever have picked this book up. I might even have rolled my eyes a little and thought, “ugh…another romance about war time.” But I would have missed out on something incredible! It makes me sad to think I might have missed out on this beautifully written, heart breaking, touching, fulfilling, magnificent book. I am so excited to read more from Team W!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Davida Chazan

    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...

  20. 4 out of 5

    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 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 reading. Having three different main characters in three different time periods is always a bit confusing at first, but I sorted this one out pretty quickly. Luckily, I liked all of the story lines and enjoyed going back and forth between them as I tried to piece everything together while patiently waiting to see if all of my hunches were correct (they were!). Yes, this is a long book, but since it's like getting three stories in one, it is well worth your time. As always, with Team W, I was in awe of the seamless writing! If I hadn't already know, I never would have guessed it was co-authored by three separate (brilliant) minds. Never say goodbye, darling, so au revoir until the next book! Location: Paris, France at the Ritz and Devonshire, England I received an advance copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Merry

    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 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 husband. Sounds like a great story, doesn’t it? Yes, the plot was terrific, but IMHO the book didn’t live up to its potential. So what went wrong? I’ve read the other books by this trio and loved them, but honestly it’s like someone else wrote this book. It read like the script of a B-rated movie. Very trite in places and it got perilously close to being not much more than a bodice ripper. Additionally there were things that seemed too unbelievable. For instance: - Upon checking into the Ritz, Babs meets another guest and within one minute this other woman has scheduled Babs for a shopping trip to buy an entirely new wardrobe. And yes, they do go shopping. - A German officer tells Aurelie not to pay attention to his superior because he’s a bully. Really? Maybe I’ve seen too many war movies but that doesn’t seem likely to me. Of course this was shortly after Aurelie abandoned her car on the road and shrugged it off as “oh well, it’s wartime” and then hikes miles to get to her home. I realize I’m in the minority as this book enjoys 4+ ratings all over the web, but honestly I was disappointed. Great plot, poor execution.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Tammy

    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 All The Ways We Said Goodbye is a sweeping family saga of three strong females and their heroic men that’s centrally located in different time settings at The Ritz of Paris Hotel and a beautiful century’s old French Chateau. This book easily transported me back in time to each different era. I didn’t 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 style and mini skirt era of 1964, this book is not to be missed. I really enjoyed it! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I received an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley for an honest review.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    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. 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. There are so many characters to keep track of and lots of "gotcha" reveals that I hated. This isn't really a traditional mystery, but it kind of takes that angle in that the book is like, "here's so much stuff you don't know and I'm going to show you how smart I am for revealing it to you." Someone says a certain name and we're supposed to gasp because now it makes sense. All of the women were also heavily defined by their romantic partners. It varies depending on the protagonist, but the ratio of "feminism means women can fight" to "I am going to talk about how much I love my significant other" leans more heavily on the latter. There was also some girl-on-girl hate that was resolved, but pushed a lot of the story. This was so confusing and unfun to read and I wish I hadn't, but I was being petty and finished it. Definitely wouldn't recommend unless you're like, starved for half-feminist ideas in a vague intergenerational wartime romance.

  24. 4 out of 5

    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 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 periods—World 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 anything else. Go into the story knowing that and you'll enjoy it more.

  25. 5 out of 5

    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 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 were woven together with mastery to keep me guessing until the end. I enjoyed all three stories equally and there was not any chapter that I wanted to end so I could get to the other stories. This was a story about three strong and independent women. There was some romance in each of the timelines, but that did not overwhelm the stories of the women. It is hard to believe that this book was written by three different authors, the stories were all strong, and well-written with great characterization. I do not want to give away this story, so will not share anymore of the plot except to say there is a talisman that also features in each of the POVs. This story had me racing through it in just over a day and I was disappointed that it was all over when I reached the end. I definitely recommend this Historical Fiction story to anyone who enjoys HistFic or to someone who wants to give it a try. I listened to the audiobook of this story narrated by Helen Sadler, Nicola Barber, and Saskia Maarleveld. Just like the authors, each of these narrators brought life to one of the timelines. I thoroughly enjoyed the performance of this book, with the unique voices, great expression and intonation. I have enjoyed other books narrated by Saskia Maarleveld, but Helen Sadler and Nicola Barber were new to me. I will definitely listen to other books narrated by any of these three voice actresses. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Carli

    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/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. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. Three women’s 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.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    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 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 heroines—with dashes of mystery, romance, and espionage. I’ll 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 each was primarily responsible for one of the three POV characters. The way the three fit together so seamlessly is a testament to all three authors (such a sense of continuity is no small feat), though I do detect some differences in character quality. I assume Aurelie belongs to Beatriz Williams. She was my favorite of the lot, though I also loved Daisy. Babs was a tougher sell for me. She’s dowdy! She’s insecure! She’s not French but—gasp—British! I’m sure she was intended to be “relatable,” but to me she came off more like a rube. I didn’t dislike her, but I did pity her, which was a stark contrast from the admiration the other two heroines evoked in me. Regardless, her story is still good, and in fairness, she didn’t (fortunately for her) have the opportunity to be a war heroine. In all, a compelling read that is both light and uplifting but also meaningful and moving. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    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.   _ There 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.   _ There is plenty of romance, drama (I am such a sucker for any spy or rebellious activity) a bit of mystery and some quite tender moments.  I fell in love with each woman equally, which for me personally is a rare feat in a multi-POV story.  I was always both disappointed to leave one women and excited to catch up with the next.  The jumps between time were just seamlessly woven together. _ If you love historical fiction then this one is absolutely for you.  Taking place during both world war's it was interesting to glimpse the similarities between each for the two French women, even though at first glance their circumstances seem so different.  I love the way each of the three women in the book are connected, and not how you might suspect.  And how the Paris Ritz was sort of a grounding pin that brought these women together in space, if not in time.  This little detail really helped weave the story more tightly together.  _ I especially love Grandmere and how she is interwoven into each story. I also say bravo for the men in this book.  They do not treat the women like helpless pawns; they want to protect the women yes, but also recognize how strong each is. They are dreamy men without needing hero complexes added._Thank you to the publishers for a copy of this book; I was happy to give my honest thoughts!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    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. 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 that’s mostly because it’s 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gail

    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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