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    Amazing book! Must read!!

    I always worry when a book has more than one author. Will the story flow and not be choppy? You hope that it will be seamless and that you won't be able to tell the difference in who wrote what part of the book. Well in this case, this book worked!! This is a story of three women, in three different periods of time. World War 1, World War 2 and the 1960's. These women are all strong women, often times they have more strength than they know and they each find themselves capable of so much more than they ever knew possible. I absolutely loved this book! And those that love stories of strong women and historical fiction will love this book! Thank you Edelweiss, William Morrow and Harper Collins for this ebook! I think you have an amazing book that many will love!
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    Three Eras in one wonderful story

    From three wonderfully talented authors comes a story of three women who live in different times but somehow their stories intertwine. From 1914 we meet Aurelie, who is stuck living with the enemy in her own house while WWI was happening all around her. In 1942 we meet Daisy, who does what she must to keep her family safe during WWII. 1964 introduces us to Babs, who travels to Paris to find answers to her husband’s secrets. All three stories have their own paths, all three women are incredibly strong, and all three stories tie together in amazing ways. I am in awe of how strong Aurelie, Daisy, and Babs are. They are living in times that are not easy, searching for ways to keep their families safe, yet continue to put themselves out there to help others while trying to get a grip on all that life is throwing at them. I kept reading looking for the clues as to how it would all come together and putting the pieces together bit by bit, I did have it mostly figured out before the end. Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White are all authors that I have read before. Writing as one, there are no gaps in the story and the book flows perfectly from one character to the next. The chapters alternate between the three main characters and are not short, but they are easy to follow. The storyline pulls you into three wonderful eras and the world as it was happening at that time. I could picture the characters and hear their voices, I could see the places they were visiting and living, and I could feel their emotions as their worlds were changed by the lives they were living.
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    Romance And the Ritz: With Significant Predictabil

    3.5 is more accurate to my rating. Definitely short of four. I admit when I first saw this book -- written by three bestselling authors --two of whom I have read many times and admire -- I was put off. It smacked of gimmickry. (Was this just an easy way for successful authors to make an extra buck?) But as the book progressed, I mostly got passed that. Mostly. It's an historical novel that spans half of the 20th century, made up of three distinct narratives, with parts of each story taking place at the prestigious Ritz Hotel in Paris. (I assume each of the three authors penned one of the three stories, but that's pure conjecture.) The Stories (no spoilers): 1914 - During World War I, a centuries-old noble French family (de Courcelles) with a castle in the countryside find their daughter (Aurelie) caught between her loyalty to family and country and her attraction to an occupying German solider. 1942 - While French housewife (Daisy) and her two young children benefit from her husband's collaboration with the occupying Nazis, Daisy increasingly finds her loyalty to her husband at odds with her desire to help her country. 1964 - a dowdy and recently widowed Brit, with three nearly-grown children, heads to France to try to discover the truth behind a woman her late husband loved during World War II. Naturally, the three stories turn out to be linked, though it takes a bit to figure out how. In each there is budding romance (of course), a few family secrets, women coming into their own, and children working out issues with parents. Unfortunately, I found I was able to accurately predict where each story would lead and how the secrets, once exposed, would impact each storyline. So there were very few surprises for me. This is another one of those novels where chapters jump around from story to story, from time period to time period -- a structure so many contemporary authors use, which I often find annoying and unnecessary. These story threads could just as easily have been three sequential stories, which would have been much easier to follow. Instead I had to track three separate plots with three distinct sets of characters. And instead of building suspense (I assume that is what authors using this technique are trying to do), all that jumping around just makes it harder for me to immerse myself into each. Overall, it's a quick read with plenty of drama. But I don't expect I'll pick up another book collaboration by Beatriz Williams, Lauren Willig, and Karen White. (There are two others.)
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    All the Ways We Said Goodbye

    Another fantastic book by these three ladies! Thank you!
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