Book Review: The Room on Rue Amelie

35297316This review is going to be rather short. I still haven’t come to terms with everything I’m feeling.

The Room on Rue Amelie is the survival story of Ruby Benoit and Charlotte Dacher. Ruby is an American born wife living in Paris with her husband. When World War II arrives in France, Ruby’s husband Marcel joins the resistance. But when Marcel is caught and killed, Ruby is left to continue what her husband started.

With help from Charlotte, Ruby assists Ally fighter pilots along the underground escape line. When Germans enforce strict regulations on the Jews, Charlotte begins to worry about her family. The deportations soon begin and Charlotte is left in the care of Ruby. Together they are determined to complete their job and help end the war.

Things get interesting when British Pilot Thomas Clarke arrives unexpectedly on Ruby’s door step. Thomas’s time in Paris is short, but he takes to the skies again with a renewed purpose in fighting the Nazis.

I cried. I cried so hard in this book. My heart was brutally torn to pieces in the best way possible.

I read The Alice Network last month and I loved it for its brutal reality of the women spy network. I loved The Room on Rue Amelie because of the emotional levels the war brought to so many people.

Told in the perspectives of Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas the story was that of love, loss, and healing. My own heart ached and rejoiced with each of these characters. This story is so beautiful.

The Room on Rue Amelie by Kristin Harmel receives 5 heart wrenching stars.

Thank you to NetGalley for providing me with a free eARC in exchange for a review.

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