Tracy Safron Suggests....

Are you looking for a good book?  Look no further.  Tracy Safron, reader extraordinaire and congregant member, has created a list of books from our library that she recommends.  

Click on the book below to find the complete review so that you can find a book that suits your taste.

 Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin 

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Mistress of the Ritz by Melanie Benjamin is a captivating novel based on the true story of Blanche and Claude Auzello. Benjamin’s unique story brings World War II into the luxurious Hotel Ritz on the Place Vendome in Paris. It is 1923 when Blanche Ross, a stunning American woman and aspiring actress, travels to Paris with a friend. There she meets debonair Frenchman Claude Auzello. Claude is immediately taken with the beautiful blond and soon they are married.  When Claude is hired as hotel director of the Ritz the couple is allowed to reside there. Blanche spends her days holding court with the many famous hotel guests and becomes known as the Mistress of the Ritz. Her marriage is troubled, but the lavishness of Blanche’s lifestyle keeps her mostly content. In June 1940 the German army sets up their headquarters at the Ritz. The Auzellos find themselves living among and serving Nazis. Claude’s job is in jeopardy and he must walk a fine line between pleasing the Nazis and aiding them. Without each other’s knowledge Blanche and Claude become immersed in separate clandestine activities. Yet it’s the one secret they alone share that threatens to destroy them both. Mistress of the Ritz is carefully crafted by juxtaposing the glamour of the Ritz with the despair of World War II. It is the depth of Benjamin’s fascinating plot that illuminates the Auzellos were much more than hotel fixtures.                                 

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