MY REVIEW OF “THE ROOM ON RUE AMELIE” BY KRISTIN HARMEL
Kudos to Kristin Harmel, Author of “The Room on Rue Amelie” for weaving a fictional story and colorful characters with Historical Fiction. The time period is during World War Two. and goes to the past and the future only as the situation pertains to the story. This is a heavier emotional read with espionage, hardships, devastation, love, despair and hope.
The characters are complex and complicated, perhaps due to the circumstances. The characters were also courageous and brave. Ruby is an American woman who falls in love with a Frenchman, Marcel and marries and moves to Paris with him. Ruby’s parents live in California and are disappointed, because it appears that Europe is headed to war. Ruby’s neighbors are a Jewish couple with a young daughter Charlotte. When the Germans arrive in Paris and start rounding up the Jewish people, the couple begs Ruby to take care of Charlotte.
Thomas Clarke is a flyer for the British Royal Air Force. His mother was killed in the Blitz by the Germans, and Thomas feels he is doing his duty.
When fate brings the three together, there is danger, as they try to fight the Nazis. Kristin Harmel has written an intense, captivating, suspenseful, and intriguing novel. Be sure to have plenty tissues on hand. I would highly recommend this Historical Fiction novel for those readers that appreciate the genre. I received an ARC from NetGalley for my honest review.