Mistress of the Ritz (by Melanie Benjamin) … the Ritz and the explosive relationship of Claude and Blanche

This was a wonderful book that provided a lot of information about the Claude and Blanche Auzello and their experience with the Ritz in Paris during World War II. The secrets kept from others, their explosive relationship, and the intense situation during the Nazi occupation of Paris provides an historical view. As the author provides at the end of the book, this is one of the more information books about the Auzellos.

From glamour and glitz to the gruesome experiences during this time period, you will find yourself holding your breath. While there is some crude language and experiences, the story itself makes it worth struggling through the inappropriate portions.

I am definitely interested in going back and reading some of Benjamin’s earlier works and will be reading her future publications.

Thank you to NetGalley and Delacorte Press for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.

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