Mistress of the Ritz

Mistress of the Ritz

A captivating novel based on the story of the extraordinary real-life American woman who secretly worked for the French Resistance during World War II--while playing hostess to the invading Germans at the iconic Hotel Ritz in Paris--from the New York Times bestselling author of The Aviator's Wife and The Swans of Fifth Avenue. Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its...

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Title:Mistress of the Ritz
Author:Melanie Benjamin
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Edition Language:English

Mistress of the Ritz Reviews

  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4.5 stars! A mesmerizing and atmospheric tale centered around the Hotel Ritz in Paris during WWII.Claude Auzello is the director of the Hotel Ritz where he and his wife, Blanche, reside. They have a tumultuous relationship, Blanche constantly feeling Claude’s attention is focused on everything ...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Oh, how I love love love a Melanie Benjamin book! ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ I’m sure many of us knew that the Nazis claimed hotels in their occupied areas, but have you heard about the Auzellos?The Ritz is a glorious hotel in France where the rich and famous stay. Blanche, an American...
  • Debra
    4.5 stars"How can you recognize a Semite?" Throw her in the back of a Nazi truck with her hands tied too tightly behind her back, and point a German gun at her head."Ahh, the Ritz. A grand and glamorous hotel which hosts Coco Chanel, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald to name a few. It is the...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Captivating, affecting, & illuminating!MISTRESS OF THE RITZ by MELANIE BENJAMIN is an engaging, suspenseful, and hauntingly beautiful historical fiction novel that totally captures something extraordinary here as well as fully capturing my heart. I was immediately taken with this story and found mys...
  • Liz
    I expect three things from historical fiction:•A good story•The ability to paint a picture so true I feel immersed in the time and place•To learn something I previously didn’t know. The Mistress of the Ritz manages all three. Based on true events, the Auzellos are the “maste...
  • JanB
    Ah, the Ritz Paris. Doesn’t it bring to mind glitz, glamour and opulence? The iconic hotel is as much a character in this book as are Claude and Blanche Auzello, the hotel director and his American born wife. In the pre-WWII years, the hotel was in its glory and the Ritz was a symbol of the fin...
  • Tammy
    When the Nazi’s occupied Paris the Luftwaffe (including Hermann Goering) took over half of the Ritz as their headquarters. The other half was inhabited by civilians among them Coco Chanel. The director of the hotel (Frenchman Claude Auzello) and his American wife (Blanche) are forced to continu...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    This novel takes place during the Nazi’s occupation of Paris. I was quite aware of this part of history but this book talks pretty specifically about the Ritz. It’s a very interesting piece of history which is “inspired” by true events. Quoting the author “So I would say tha...

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