The Parisians

The Parisians

Marius Gabriel / Aug 22, 2019

The Parisians Paris The Nazis have occupied the city and the Ritz The opulent old hotel so loved by Parisians is now full of swaggering officers their minions and their mistresses For American Olivia Olsen

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  • Paris, 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city and the Ritz The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.For American Olivia Olsen, working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie, every day bringing the danger of discovery closer When Hitler s right hand man moves Paris, 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city and the Ritz The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.For American Olivia Olsen, working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie, every day bringing the danger of discovery closer When Hitler s right hand man moves in and makes her his pet, she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance and draw closer to Jack, her contact, whose brusque instructions may be a shield for something Within the hotel, famed designer Coco Chanel quickly learns that the new regime could work to her benefit, while Arletty, one of France s best loved actresses, shocks those around her and herself with a forbidden love.But as the war reaches its terrible end, all three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy For in the shadow of war, is anyone truly safe Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 366 pages Published January 17th 2019 by Lake Union Publishing More Details ASIN B07DN8RWCS Other Editions 3 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about The Parisians, please sign up

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    Lists with This Book Historical Fiction 2019 280 books 274 voters Historical Fiction France 376 books 271 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Jan 12, 2019 Kylie D rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves annual challenges, atwi80b 2019, historical fiction, netgalley 2019 An interesting look at Paris during World War 2, concentrating on the guests and staff at the plush Ritz hotel It has a mixture of real and fictional characters, including icons such as fashion designer Coco Chanel and French actress Arletty We also follow the life of fictional character Olivia Olsen, an American chambermaid at the Ritz, hiding her identity behind a Swedish passport We explore their stories during the Nazi occupation, and the ways each individual handles the oppressive regime An interesting look at Paris during World War 2, concentrating on the guests and staff at the plush Ritz hotel It has a mixture of real and fictional characters, including icons such as fashion designer Coco Chanel and French actress Arletty We also follow the life of fictional character Olivia Olsen, an American chambermaid at the Ritz, hiding her identity behind a Swedish passport We explore their stories during the Nazi occupation, and the ways each individual handles the oppressive regime As the Nazi s take over one wing of the famed hotel we find our ladies risking their lives as the war drags on and on.I did enjoy this book, and some of the characters are memorable, but not really fleshed out too much This is a very believable tale, we get the lowdown how the Nazi s treated those in a position of privilege My only real gripe is we don t really get a sense of time It seems like characters have only just met, then suddenly two years have passed All in all it s not a bad novel, it just doesn t have what it takes to stand out in a very popular genre.My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review flag 107 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Jan 20, 2019 Sandy The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019, 4 star, author i want to read of, historical faction, netgalley arc, new to me author, romance EXCERPT the eve of war had come as a shock It was here suddenly, the thing they had all dreaded but not wished to look at, like the monster that lurked under the beds of children Now, with terrifying purpose, it had clambered out and proved itself real after all ABOUT THIS BOOK Paris, 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city and the Ritz The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.For American Olivia Olsen, worki EXCERPT the eve of war had come as a shock It was here suddenly, the thing they had all dreaded but not wished to look at, like the monster that lurked under the beds of children Now, with terrifying purpose, it had clambered out and proved itself real after all ABOUT THIS BOOK Paris, 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city and the Ritz The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.For American Olivia Olsen, working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie, every day bringing the danger of discovery closer When Hitler s right hand man moves in and makes her his pet, she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance and draw closer to Jack, her contact, whose brusque instructions may be a shield for something Within the hotel, famed designer Coco Chanel quickly learns that the new regime could work to her benefit, while Arletty, one of France s best loved actresses, shocks those around her and herself with a forbidden love.But as the war reaches its terrible end, all three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy For in the shadow of war, is anyone truly safe MY THOUGHTS What began as a fairly average read about a young American woman in Paris to make her name as an artist, slowly morphed into a gritty novel of surviving the war, and the German occupation of Paris, by whatever means possible I particularly liked how the author contrasted the lives of these three women, whose lives intersect at times, to give different perspectives I also liked how he contrasted the grim reality, the melancholy of everyday life under the occupation, with rare moments of unadulterated joy, the spark that lit the desire to survive, no matter what The book is peppered with real people I learned a lot about Coco Chanel I had never known her background, nor that she was a Nazi sympathizer I had, in the past, simply admired her style And I had never heard of Arletty, the French film star At the end of the book, the Author s Note provides a lot of information about the people in the book who were real and what happened to them after the war, as well as further information about the history of the Ritz Hotel in Paris It, like the book itself, is well worth reading Although one of the categories I have assigned The Parisians is romance, don t let that put you off There is no schmaltzy romance, of an awakening, and nothing that is inappropriate to the story If anything, the love story enhances the overall realism This is not a book to be rushed through It is a book to be lingered over, one that may challenge your previous perceptions about the people on both sides of the war I would like to read by this author THE AUTHOR Marius Gabriel is an international thriller and mystery writer.Under the pseudonym Madeleine Ker, he wrote over 30 romance novels in the 1980s.As Marius Gabriel he has written several mystery best sellers, some of them historical novels.He has three grown up children and currently lives in Cairo and London.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via Netgalley for providing a digital ARC of The Parisians by Marius Gabriel for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions Please refer to my profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress for an explanation of my rating system This review and others are also published on my sandysbookaday.wordpress page flag 56 likesLike see review View all 22 comments Jan 26, 2019 Erin rated it really liked it Shelves kindle, netgalley 3 5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Readers choose books for all sorts of reasons and I am no exception I chose this book specifically for its title because Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world I may have mentioned this in other reviews, but I cried the very first time I saw that city and if the Eiffel Tower had been a person, well it most likely asked me to stop taking pictures of it The fact that it was also sur 3 5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Readers choose books for all sorts of reasons and I am no exception I chose this book specifically for its title because Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world I may have mentioned this in other reviews, but I cried the very first time I saw that city and if the Eiffel Tower had been a person, well it most likely asked me to stop taking pictures of it The fact that it was also surrounding the WWII era was a plus Juggling characters can be difficult, in the case of The Parisians, we have three very interesting characters a chambermaid, a French actress, and Coco Chanel and one intriguing setting the Ritz hotel Since this was the main place of entertainment and rest for the main players in the Nazi regime, our plot is driven by plenty of wartime intrigue While young Swedish American Olivia is driven to spy on Herman Goering after her lover dies at the hands of the Gestapo, French actress Arletty balances a fine line between the France she knew and what it has become, and Marius Gabriel leaves little doubt about designer Coco Chanel s collaboration with the Nazis I enjoyed this story, reading it in one sitting, and despite one foolish sex scene in which both genders sexual organs were described as particular flowers, I felt this was a good addition to the WWII era library flag 36 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Erin Angela M wrote Nice review, Erin On my list Thanks, Angela I look very forward to your thoughts Jan 28, 2019 05 06AM Erin JanB wrote Your last paragraph made me laugh Otherwise this sounds very good Thanks, Jan His was compared to a tulip, in the event that you we JanB wrote Your last paragraph made me laugh Otherwise this sounds very good Thanks, Jan His was compared to a tulip, in the event that you were wondering Jan 28, 2019 05 06AM Dec 26, 2018 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves read 2018 I will say this about this book, thank God for Coco Chanel and Arletty Those two women made the book worthwhile reading I found the beginning of the book very hard to get into thanks to Olivia Olsen, this young artist who has come to Paris to paint She s just the kind of character I have a problem with, a young naive thing that on the very first pages of the book meets a young anarchist that will take her by storm I was not amused, I found Olivia to be boring to be very frank However, I kep I will say this about this book, thank God for Coco Chanel and Arletty Those two women made the book worthwhile reading I found the beginning of the book very hard to get into thanks to Olivia Olsen, this young artist who has come to Paris to paint She s just the kind of character I have a problem with, a young naive thing that on the very first pages of the book meets a young anarchist that will take her by storm I was not amused, I found Olivia to be boring to be very frank However, I kept on reading because as I wrote before there were two bright spots in this book Coco Chanel and the French actress Arletty Personally, I wouldn t have minded that Olivia had been cut out of the picture and the book had been just about Coco Chanel and Arletty Although I have to admit Olivia role become interesting after the Germans occupied France and she started to help the Resistance.At first, I gave the book 4 stars, but after some considerations did I lover the rating to 3 stars And, that s because I ve read two books previously by Marius Gabriel that I really enjoyed, The Ocean Liner and The Designer The Parisians can t really measure up to them It s just not as interesting, unfortunately Still, there are some really good parts in the book, well everything concerning Coco Chanel and Arletty I felt that Olivia personality was truly bland and I felt it the most when she interacted with them She grew a bit better towards the end, but still, the stars of this book were Coco Chanel and Arletty I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review flag 15 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 18, 2018 The Just About Cocky Ms M rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommends it for WWII fans who Loathe Romance Recommended to The Just About Cocky Ms M by I took a chance Shelves a real keeper, atmospheric in a good way, emotionally satisfying, finally at last a good read, good history good story, historically pitch perfect, i really really really liked this, wow who knew Got this from NetGalley, which is sometimes as much a crapshoot as First Reads But I was surprised this time and delighted a good, gritty, urbane, accurate, practical, frightening, realistic, and generally pitch perfect novel of a little slice of Paris during the war And no smarmy, over the top, twee, treacly Romance anywhere.Review to follow.Oh, if anyone read that horrible gossipy, inaccurate, and poorly written National Enquirer version of the Ritz Hotel during the war by an alleged histor Got this from NetGalley, which is sometimes as much a crapshoot as First Reads But I was surprised this time and delighted a good, gritty, urbane, accurate, practical, frightening, realistic, and generally pitch perfect novel of a little slice of Paris during the war And no smarmy, over the top, twee, treacly Romance anywhere.Review to follow.Oh, if anyone read that horrible gossipy, inaccurate, and poorly written National Enquirer version of the Ritz Hotel during the war by an alleged historian, Tilar Mazzeo, read The Parisians instead Even though it is historical fiction, it is far better and definitely accurate flag 8 likesLike see review View all 3 comments Jan 21, 2019 Martin rated it it was amazing review of another edition I very much enjoyed this trip to WW2 where real and fictional characters do a cross over in a plush hotel in Paris From Coco Chanel to famed French actress Arletty, not to mention a bunch of other well drawn fictional characters, all are faced with the invasion of the Nazis and all yearn to survive the best possible way This of course is far from being simple, especially for the central heroine who longs to save her boyfriend who is at the hands of the Gestapo One thing s for sure, though, si I very much enjoyed this trip to WW2 where real and fictional characters do a cross over in a plush hotel in Paris From Coco Chanel to famed French actress Arletty, not to mention a bunch of other well drawn fictional characters, all are faced with the invasion of the Nazis and all yearn to survive the best possible way This of course is far from being simple, especially for the central heroine who longs to save her boyfriend who is at the hands of the Gestapo One thing s for sure, though, simple or not, their many problems do make for a fine read The narrative, as the plot and subplots, is solid, and I found myself totally invested in the denouement of these complicated but oh so fascinating people Marius Gabriel has a knack for re imagining true moments in time, and I look forward to read of his stuff in the future Thumbs up to NetGalley and the publisher for this reviewed title.Full review flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 14, 2018 Sherry Chiger rated it liked it review of another edition If you re looking for an effortless read that juxtaposes the lifestyles of rich Nazi sympathizers and struggling Resistance workers in Paris during World War II, you ll enjoy this It really made my commute zip along If, however, you like your books with some depth and writing that rises above the workmanlike, this will disappoint The characters never blossomed into three dimensional Their motivations seemed pat and superficial For instance, did Arletty, one of the biggest French film stars If you re looking for an effortless read that juxtaposes the lifestyles of rich Nazi sympathizers and struggling Resistance workers in Paris during World War II, you ll enjoy this It really made my commute zip along If, however, you like your books with some depth and writing that rises above the workmanlike, this will disappoint The characters never blossomed into three dimensional Their motivations seemed pat and superficial For instance, did Arletty, one of the biggest French film stars of the time, really plunge so deeply in love with a Nazi officer that she didn t give than a passing thought to how she was betraying her audience and her country And there s a lovemaking scene that I think qualifies for the Bad Sex Writing Award All that said, as escapism that introduces you to the role of the Paris Ritz and the sumptuousness of the hotel itself and the attitudes of French society types during the war, this will please flag 4 likesLike see review Dec 20, 2018 Amy Layton rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult lit, historical fiction, set in france In the end, this book left me breathless and aching This is a powerful story about love, World War II, and just what it means to do your duty With a mixture of fictional characters and real, Gabriel depicts women s struggles during this war The story revolves around Olivia Olsen, an asset to the Resistance, Arletty, a Nazi sympathizer, and Coco Chanel, a Nazi One thing that I really appreciated about this book is that it took women s struggles seriously, regardless of their political aff In the end, this book left me breathless and aching This is a powerful story about love, World War II, and just what it means to do your duty With a mixture of fictional characters and real, Gabriel depicts women s struggles during this war The story revolves around Olivia Olsen, an asset to the Resistance, Arletty, a Nazi sympathizer, and Coco Chanel, a Nazi One thing that I really appreciated about this book is that it took women s struggles seriously, regardless of their political affairs There s pregnancy, abortion, miscarriages, double standards, threats, and the inevitable being told to smile Each woman made their decision, and they stood by it until the end, even if they didn t necessarily like the consequences Though at times this book seemed strangely catered to the male gaze warning there s a failed lesbian rape scene in the later half of this book , it overall did a good job resisting that notion and critiquing the positions women were put into when Nazi men were making the rules To smile is to survive, to lie about your identity is to survive, to continue working at a hotel that now serves the enemy in order to be able to eat is to survive One other thing that I really enjoyed about this book is the notion of female solidarity When Olivia, Coco, and Arletty had scenes together, there was an unspoken sense of trust between them They helped each other get abortions, allowed for one moment for a facade to drop Regardless of their choices, they were still women, and as women, they needed to stick together I also learned quite a bit about WWII I m not a very big history buff, but it was really fun to be able to learn about names and places and be able to look them up for reference and additional learning It helped me contextualize this story a little better Not only that, but it also helped me learn a lot about French culture which is saying something considering I lived in France But again, not knowing much about history, there s always so much to learn Overall, this book was an engaging ride, filled with intrigue, and at times, horror At times I wanted to sit back and appreciate the detail, and others, I needed to rush through to discover what would happen next Just wonderful, absolutely wonderful.Review cross listed here flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 31, 2019 Jypsy rated it liked it review of another edition The Parisians is a story of WWII The Nazi occupation of Paris includes the Ritz hotel The story is three different perspectives of women within the Ritz It s interesting to see how each one unfolds because of social class and station and nationality This is a fascinating time period Readers of historical fiction will enjoy this book Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 05, 2019 Sherri Lewis rated it it was amazing review of another edition I received an advanced e copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewIn Paris, the Ritz was the place everyone wanted to be during WWII, including the Nazi s They took over half of the hotel at a 90% discount, and expected the same lavish treatment as everyone else The book concentrates the story around 3 women at the Ritz, and how they all dealt with the invasion Coco Chanel decides to put it to her advantage and gets a lover high up in the regime Arletty is a French actress wh I received an advanced e copy from Net Galley in exchange for my honest reviewIn Paris, the Ritz was the place everyone wanted to be during WWII, including the Nazi s They took over half of the hotel at a 90% discount, and expected the same lavish treatment as everyone else The book concentrates the story around 3 women at the Ritz, and how they all dealt with the invasion Coco Chanel decides to put it to her advantage and gets a lover high up in the regime Arletty is a French actress who falls deeply in love with a Nazi officer and it ruins her name in society and her career Then there is Olivia Olivia was a struggling painter before the war, but took a job at the Ritz as a chambermaid because she needed the money Her Swiss beauty played to her advantage and she became doted on by one of the top Nazi s She turned that to her advantage and became an informant for the resistance.I could not put this book down It was fascinating seeing everything from their viewpoint There was some romance, and lots of intrigue and moments where I sat on the edge of my seat I can not recommend begin to recommend this book enough is definitely a must read flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Sarah MacIntyre rated it really liked it review of another edition A fascinating insight into how different women handled life in occupied Paris during WW2 It is fiction but based on real characters during this period Those unwilling to give up their privileged lives that they have worked hard to achieve so enjoy the best of the Nazi s occupation Others who see the horrors of the Nazi s and SS and join the resistance and a German living in Paris who is gleeful in joining the Gestapo Set with the background of the Ritz Hotel the book is full of bravery, deca A fascinating insight into how different women handled life in occupied Paris during WW2 It is fiction but based on real characters during this period Those unwilling to give up their privileged lives that they have worked hard to achieve so enjoy the best of the Nazi s occupation Others who see the horrors of the Nazi s and SS and join the resistance and a German living in Paris who is gleeful in joining the Gestapo Set with the background of the Ritz Hotel the book is full of bravery, decadence and pure evil I read over a weekend and enjoyed it immensely I have read other books from Marius Gabriel and really enjoy his writing flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Michelle Champ rated it it was amazing I won this book in a Giveaway and I was thrilled because I had wanted to read this one There is a lot going on in The Ritz hotel during WWII For most of the book, the Nazis have taken over the hotel, leaving the regular residents either out of a home or in different quarters It was odd to see a side of a famous designer, Coco Chanel that I had never seen We also see a middle aged actress, Arletty and her lovers We see a chambermaid, Olivia, find love and risk everything for someth I won this book in a Giveaway and I was thrilled because I had wanted to read this one There is a lot going on in The Ritz hotel during WWII For most of the book, the Nazis have taken over the hotel, leaving the regular residents either out of a home or in different quarters It was odd to see a side of a famous designer, Coco Chanel that I had never seen We also see a middle aged actress, Arletty and her lovers We see a chambermaid, Olivia, find love and risk everything for something she truly believes in I hate to give away the plot because I am a person that hates spoilers, but I will tell you that some of the things are shocking The way the Germans could treat people will forever shock me no matter how many WWII books I read.I enjoyed this book My only issue with it is that it kept me up too late because I did not want to put it down flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 20, 2019 Jeanette rated it it was amazing review of another edition I do enjoy reading historical fiction and especially enjoy reading books where WW2 is concerned This is the first time that i have read any books by Marius Gabriel and have a few which shall be reading soon I am not going to write what this story is about, as i prefer one to read the story for themselves Recommended.My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers This is my honest review flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 01, 2019 Kathleen Gray rated it really liked it review of another edition Another take on women in Paris during WWII that will appeal to fans of historical fiction where real women play a role In this case, Gabriel has merged the stories of Olivia, who is working with the Resistance, with Leonie Bathiat aka Arletty , a sympathizer and well, Coco Chanel, who has somehow managed to escape from her collusion Look at them as women and this is a better read than if you think about the politics and ethics Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 Kim rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgally read Paris, 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city and the Ritz The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.For American Olivia Olsen, working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie, every day bringing the danger of discovery closer When Hitler s right hand man moves in and makes her his pet, she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance and draw closer to Jack, her contact, whose brusque Paris, 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city and the Ritz The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.For American Olivia Olsen, working as a chambermaid at the hotel means denying her nationality and living a lie, every day bringing the danger of discovery closer When Hitler s right hand man moves in and makes her his pet, she sees an opportunity to help the Resistance and draw closer to Jack, her contact, whose brusque instructions may be a shield for something Within the hotel, famed designer Coco Chanel quickly learns that the new regime could work to her benefit, while Arletty, one of France s best loved actresses, shocks those around her and herself with a forbidden love.But as the war reaches its terrible end, all three women learn the true price of their proximity to the enemy For in the shadow of war, is anyone truly safe The Parisians focuses on the story of Olivia who dreams of becoming an artist Unfortunately, during her early days in France, World War 2 breaks out The story was very well written and explains the devastating effects of World War II and how the city has been affected, which puts a spotlight on the lives of the workers and the guests of The Hotel Ritz The story follows how the Nazi s occupied and took over the city, as well as the high end hotel The Parisians does an excellent job at painting the events and the hardships the Parisians faced during World War II As you progress further into the story, you are able to gain a stronger understanding of just how bleak things had become for the county and its citizens As the reader, it was hard to not feel sympathy and at times, I even felt anger for what these people experienced at the hand of Hitler and the Nazi s It was nice to have non fictional characters such as Coco Channel involved in the novel, as for me, it added to the realism of the story and the experiences that people from all walks of lives faced, including the rich and famous The story has three narrators which I found to be a strength of the novel as it meant you weren t losing interest on one character s point of view However, I felt the change in perspectives, which could have been made clear by using headings for each character The story felt long winded at times, but as you near the end of the book, I realized the story in whole would have suffered without the extra detail The Parisians has an abundance of characters to keep the reader well entertained It would almost feel wrong to select a favourite character, however, I felt the story whose was the most captivating was Olivia s as she glued everything together I was also very fond of whenever Olivia and Jack s relationship was mentioned as it gave a nice break between all the chaos The book at times was so intense with the events of the wartime period, I felt as if some characters jumped off the page than others in times of their authenticity I had no way of guessing how this was going to pan out as there were so many things going on at once.If I had to change or improve anything, I would make The Parisians have an epilogue as I wanted to know about the characters after the chaos of World War II Overall, I was satisfied enough with how the story panned out Calling all adult Historical Fiction readers, with a particular interest in France and WW2, anyone who read and enjoyed James Moloney s 2018 The Love I Have , will find a spot for Marius Gabriel s The Parisians 5 5With special thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an Honest review flag Like see review Jan 06, 2019 Jasmine Emma rated it it was ok review of another edition I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review For the first half of this book, I was ready to give it a one star review I actually considered abandoning it which I never do But it really picked up in the second half and by the end I was gripped So I don t really understand why the first half of the story exists if the book had started where the plot did, with Nazi occupation underway and Olivia deciding to use her position as a Chambermaid in the Ritz to I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review For the first half of this book, I was ready to give it a one star review I actually considered abandoning it which I never do But it really picked up in the second half and by the end I was gripped So I don t really understand why the first half of the story exists if the book had started where the plot did, with Nazi occupation underway and Olivia deciding to use her position as a Chambermaid in the Ritz to help, it would have been action packed and fascinating Instead, we have to deal with a lot of unconvincing romance and slow chapters to get there I think Marcus Gabriel perhaps tried to do too much with this book At its heart, we have Olivia, a purely fictional character whose story includes romance, tragedy and a real sense of purpose But then we also have chapters about Arletty and Chanel, both fascinating women from history, but completely unconnected to Olivia s story except for passing each other by in the Ritz and occasionally having conversations Moving between each woman s story means that none of them have a chance to fully develop, and I wished we could have stayed with each for longer to better understand them I would love to read a book about any one of these three women, but I didn t understand why this one was about all three of them.At times, I also felt uncomfortable about the way sexuality was presented in The Parisians Three of the female characters are either bisexual or lesbians One of these women shows sympathy towards the Nazis, one has what seems to be a mental breakdown, and the third is violent and terrifying, at one point attempting to rape a female colleague While all three of these women are based on historical figures so the author was presumably limited in what he felt he could do with them, the combination of their stories and the way they were presented didn t sit well with me The strengths of this book lie in its historical setting I learnt a lot about the role of the Ritz in the war and was fascinated by the author s note at the end of the book Lots of the characters in this story are either real historical figures or are based on people from history, and that makes this story feel important even when the plot doesn t feel like it s going anywhere I love that this is a story trying to tell the war through the eyes of women in different positions There is interesting discussion of the different standards women are held to in wartime, and the way women are punished by society for the acts they rely on to get by And despite the frankly terrible sex scenes, women are generally quite empowered in this book, so I m grateful for that.Overall, this is a book worth reading if you re interested in this era or in one of the historical figures featured However, as a story it s quite slow and it s difficult to feel attached to the characters flag Like see review Jan 13, 2019 Cassandre rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves 2019 The next installment in my unintentional historical fiction journey this month brings me to Paris in the 1940s, just as Hitler and the Nazis have taken over France The Parisians follows three women who do what it takes to survive in the city they love during the tumultuous World War II Olivia Olsen is a Swedish American who moved to Paris as a young adult to become a painter and be inspired by the most beautiful city in the world Penniless and desperate, she gets a job at the Ritz hotel as a The next installment in my unintentional historical fiction journey this month brings me to Paris in the 1940s, just as Hitler and the Nazis have taken over France The Parisians follows three women who do what it takes to survive in the city they love during the tumultuous World War II Olivia Olsen is a Swedish American who moved to Paris as a young adult to become a painter and be inspired by the most beautiful city in the world Penniless and desperate, she gets a job at the Ritz hotel as a chambermaid in order to pay her rent The Ritz is soon taken over by high ranking Nazi officers, and Olivia finds herself not only favoured by Hitler s right hand man but helping the Resistance try to put an end the horrors around them.Other women staying at the hotel include Coco Chanel, the much loved fashion designer, who uses the new regime to her advantage, and Arletty, a famous French actress, who finds love in the most unusual of places Can their careers and they, themselves survive Nazi occupation This the first book I ve read by Marius Gabriel, and I ve got to say The man really does his research While there were a few fictional characters in this novel, a large number of the cast was inspired by true events and real people and we got the imagining of how their stories concluded the way they did Although I really wasn t interested in Coco Chanel s story in the slightest it really didn t seem like she worked very hard to get where she was or keep what she had , I was not at all familiar with Arletty, and find myself wanting to delve a little deeper into her biography Chanel and Arletty were not as three dimensional as I would have liked their motivations were not as clear as the third and most exciting woman of the novel The fictional Olivia is where my heart and interest was held the most She s an ordinary woman of little means who stepped up to try to end a war she could have easily escaped by going home She s the real hero of this story Though a lot of the plot centres on the love lives of these three women, I wouldn t consider it a romantic book, necessarily These women had to do what they needed to survive and sometimes that means falling in love with men they shouldn t The story is really what s at the heart of this novel, and if the subject matter interests you in the slightest, I would definitely recommend it I thought it started a little slowly, though, so make sure you give it time before you make your final decision.3 stars.Thank you to NetGalley and Publishing UK for the advanced copy flag Like see review Jan 27, 2019 Candy rated it liked it review of another edition The Parisians by Marius Gabriel 3 Stars Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.This is a book of historical fiction, yet with a lot of reality thrown into the mix The book follows three main characters, Olivia, Arletty and Coco, all within the context of their relationship to Olivia.Let s start with Olivia, the fictional character Just before World War II, Olivia is an American in Paris studying to be an artist, albeit a starvi The Parisians by Marius Gabriel 3 Stars Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for an advance copy of this book in return for an honest review.This is a book of historical fiction, yet with a lot of reality thrown into the mix The book follows three main characters, Olivia, Arletty and Coco, all within the context of their relationship to Olivia.Let s start with Olivia, the fictional character Just before World War II, Olivia is an American in Paris studying to be an artist, albeit a starving one at the moment She meets Fabrice, an anarchist, falls in love, and goes to work at the Ritz Hotel The Nazis soon occupy Paris and commandeer the Ritz Hotel Fabrice is killed, and her anger over his death leads Olivia to become a spy for the Resistance As a chambermaid at the Ritz, she has access to the Nazis living quarters and any papers they may have.Based on reality, the French actress Arletty has an affair with the German officer Hans J rgen Soehring Arletty and Olivia become friends, which I just totally did not understand Arletty is branded a collaborator and marked for death by the Resistance, yet Olivia tries to see the gray areas and feels benevolent toward her.Also based on reality is the story of Coco Chanel, who lived at the Ritz for most of her life It is well known that not only was she was a collaborator, she initiated schemes to rid herself of her Jewish partners Once again, Olivia feels some compassion for her.I tried to like the book, and will say that I learned a lot about the real life people portrayed as it led me to do some research But the characters just seemed hollow, especially Olivia For a woman who is a spy in the Resistance, she lackssomething Passion Drive Anger Hate At some points it felt like I was reading a Harlequin novel It just didn t click for me, and didn t add to the story I would have preferred some grittiness of the Resistance and less of the debauchery and opulence of the wealthyndysplanet.wordpress flag Like see review Jan 31, 2019 Renee Baldi rated it really liked it review of another edition I really felt Marius Gabriel captured the spirit of Paris and The Ritz in this and even , he was historically accurate than most others out there I was so impressed with this book and I read it as if I were needing air haha I couldn t put it down I will say that at some parts Oliva s chapters were too flowery for me, but, on the whole, I went from being a bit annoyed with her character to admiring her I wasn t sure what type of ending it would be as the novel did go quite dark, which I really felt Marius Gabriel captured the spirit of Paris and The Ritz in this and even , he was historically accurate than most others out there I was so impressed with this book and I read it as if I were needing air haha I couldn t put it down I will say that at some parts Oliva s chapters were too flowery for me, but, on the whole, I went from being a bit annoyed with her character to admiring her I wasn t sure what type of ending it would be as the novel did go quite dark, which was reasonable given the plots, but it was a really satisfying one Coco and Arletty were very dynamic and I wasn t sure what I was going to get reading this book, maybe just some fluff, but it turned out to be than that You were allowed to feel sympathy and revulsion at some parts, to look at the darker parts of the human soul and still allowed some hope The writing is eloquent, the shift of the characters lets you know the author has thought greatly on how each perspective will be laid out for the reader and I look forward to reading by Marius Gabriel.I was allowed to read a free e copy from NetGalley of this in exchange for my honest opinion I m not paid, I m poor, a hobo really who just happens to like lovely books and this is one of them.Trigger Warning This contains brief instances of sexual assault near sexual assault, it is not a heavy theme in the book but felt it needed warranting for those who would be put off flag 1 likeLike see review Jan 28, 2019 BranDee Wenzl rated it liked it review of another edition The Parisians was a new take on looking at what happened I m France during World War 2 Here you are seeing the war and occupation through those that work and live at the Ritz hotel Yoi get to see how the rich we re affected by the Nazi s as well as those with less There are characters within the story that are real people, which I found fascinating It brought them to life for me I struggled a little with getting into the story I love all things World War 2 and was really excited to read th The Parisians was a new take on looking at what happened I m France during World War 2 Here you are seeing the war and occupation through those that work and live at the Ritz hotel Yoi get to see how the rich we re affected by the Nazi s as well as those with less There are characters within the story that are real people, which I found fascinating It brought them to life for me I struggled a little with getting into the story I love all things World War 2 and was really excited to read this book It was an enjoyable read and did open my mind to some things I had not thought of before But I felt like the characters could have been added to a little bit I was left wanting from some of them, feeling they were not completely flushed out I have never read Marius Gabriel before, but I did enjoy this novel It is an interesting take on a time when many books are written It was nice to find something that wasn t just the same old story that we know flag Like see review Jan 08, 2019 Shaylee Bookswithshayydeniece_ rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley Big thank you to Netgalley for the review copy of this wonderful book I really enjoyed this novel It was a great book to fall asleep to every night The ending was by far the best thing I could have imagine for this story I was starting to wonder for awhile but everything was tied up nicely and I finally felt a connection to the characters about halfway through The beginning was good but I didn t really care but the author really turned it around in the second half and I grew to love Olivia Big thank you to Netgalley for the review copy of this wonderful book I really enjoyed this novel It was a great book to fall asleep to every night The ending was by far the best thing I could have imagine for this story I was starting to wonder for awhile but everything was tied up nicely and I finally felt a connection to the characters about halfway through The beginning was good but I didn t really care but the author really turned it around in the second half and I grew to love Olivia I am very happy to have had the opportunity to read this before it s release date flag Like see review Feb 01, 2019 Neelam Babul rated it it was amazing review of another edition A fascinating and delightful book portraying different women living in Paris during the second world war It is a fictional narrative based on real characters during this period The story showcases women who lost their loved ones and resort to spying to avenge their death, some who were unwilling to give up their privileged lives and others who experienced the horrors of the Nazis It is set in the background of the glorious and majestic Ritz Hotel It is a story of hope, love, sacrifice and mo A fascinating and delightful book portraying different women living in Paris during the second world war It is a fictional narrative based on real characters during this period The story showcases women who lost their loved ones and resort to spying to avenge their death, some who were unwilling to give up their privileged lives and others who experienced the horrors of the Nazis It is set in the background of the glorious and majestic Ritz Hotel It is a story of hope, love, sacrifice and most of all the abuse of power by those holding influential positions flag Like see review Jan 30, 2019 Jean Boddy rated it it was amazing 5 Stars only because I can t give This is a must read book for anyone who enjoys reading novels about WWII One of the best books I have read in months I could not put this book down I didn t want it to end but I couldn t stop reading either Fascinating story of the privileged French, the famous Ritz Hotel and the Nazi s who billitted there Wonderful insight into the staff and the French Resistance Highly recommend flag Like see review Jan 16, 2019 Debra rated it it was amazing review of another edition I really enjoyed reading this book,I.love reading about this time in history especially France,Germany because of my ancestry.I like Olivia s character the best,you feel like your right there watching her paint.I definitely recommend you read this book soon,you won t regret it.I will be looking out for books by this new author to me flag Like see review Jan 26, 2019 Barbara A Mattison rated it it was amazing Once I started reading this book I couldn t put it down I hated to see this book end I m an avid reader and haven t had a book grab my attention as much as this one in many years He brought the terrors of WWII to life and showed how brave the men and women were in fighting the Nazis flag Like see review Jan 17, 2019 Andi Miller rated it it was amazing review of another edition I thought that this was a great story, the book totally encapsulated me I enjoyed the use of the Ritz Hotel.I thought that Marius Gabriel told the history of how life was in Paris in the occupation was very good.I felt moved, dismayed, nervous, excited and thrilled Such use of emotion in a book makes it a fantastic book in my opinion flag Like see review Jan 29, 2019 Patricia Manville rated it it was amazing A read hard to put downI loved reading the stories of each character This book is well written and jumping between stories was never confusing just very interesting Love stories to drama is what this is all about I truly love stories set in time of WWII and especially in Paris This hits all my reading wishes flag Like see review Jan 28, 2019 Denise Levendoski rated it liked it Shelves electronic, won on 2019 thank you Thank you to Marius Gabriel and I won this book in a Giveaway.Another interesting perspective on WWII but with fiction and non fiction parts I liked the discrepancy in two lives that he wrote about One struggling artist and one very famous actress and how each navigated their personal lives through the war and how each was considered a spy flag Like see review Jan 31, 2019 Debbie Trammell rated it it was amazing Lived this bookSeem to have the right amount of fiction and truth It was a very interesting story And it was very sad at times just like all the WW 2 books I will recommend this book flag Like see review Jan 25, 2019 noreen stephens rated it it was amazing Can t stop reading, loved itThe author kept you involved while describing Paris during WW2 and the lives of characters intertwined by the Ritz hotel and the various situations that kept them involved with each other I read this in 2 days, loved it flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 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      • Marius Gabriel

        Marius Gabriel is an international thriller and mystery writer.Under the pseudonym Madeleine Ker, he wrote over 30 romance novels in the 1980s.As Marius Gabriel he has written several mystery best sellers, some of them historical novels.He has three grown up children and currently lives in Cairo and London He is 59.


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    1. An interesting look at Paris during World War 2, concentrating on the guests and staff at the plush Ritz hotel It has a mixture of real and fictional characters, including icons such as fashion designer Coco Chanel and French actress Arletty We also follow the life of fictional character Olivia Olsen, an American chambermaid at the Ritz, hiding her identity behind a Swedish passport We explore their stories during the Nazi occupation, and the ways each individual handles the oppressive regime An [...]


    2. EXCERPT the eve of war had come as a shock It was here suddenly, the thing they had all dreaded but not wished to look at, like the monster that lurked under the beds of children Now, with terrifying purpose, it had clambered out and proved itself real after all ABOUT THIS BOOK Paris, 1940 The Nazis have occupied the city and the Ritz The opulent old hotel, so loved by Parisians, is now full of swaggering officers, their minions and their mistresses.For American Olivia Olsen, worki EXCERPT the [...]


    3. 3 5 stars Thanks to Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for an e ARC in exchange for an honest review Readers choose books for all sorts of reasons and I am no exception I chose this book specifically for its title because Paris is one of my favorite cities in the world I may have mentioned this in other reviews, but I cried the very first time I saw that city and if the Eiffel Tower had been a person, well it most likely asked me to stop taking pictures of it The fact that it was also sur 3 5 s [...]


    4. I will say this about this book, thank God for Coco Chanel and Arletty Those two women made the book worthwhile reading I found the beginning of the book very hard to get into thanks to Olivia Olsen, this young artist who has come to Paris to paint She s just the kind of character I have a problem with, a young naive thing that on the very first pages of the book meets a young anarchist that will take her by storm I was not amused, I found Olivia to be boring to be very frank However, I kep I wi [...]


    5. Got this from NetGalley, which is sometimes as much a crapshoot as First Reads But I was surprised this time and delighted a good, gritty, urbane, accurate, practical, frightening, realistic, and generally pitch perfect novel of a little slice of Paris during the war And no smarmy, over the top, twee, treacly Romance anywhere.Review to follow.Oh, if anyone read that horrible gossipy, inaccurate, and poorly written National Enquirer version of the Ritz Hotel during the war by an alleged histor Go [...]


    6. I very much enjoyed this trip to WW2 where real and fictional characters do a cross over in a plush hotel in Paris From Coco Chanel to famed French actress Arletty, not to mention a bunch of other well drawn fictional characters, all are faced with the invasion of the Nazis and all yearn to survive the best possible way This of course is far from being simple, especially for the central heroine who longs to save her boyfriend who is at the hands of the Gestapo One thing s for sure, though, si I [...]


    7. If you re looking for an effortless read that juxtaposes the lifestyles of rich Nazi sympathizers and struggling Resistance workers in Paris during World War II, you ll enjoy this It really made my commute zip along If, however, you like your books with some depth and writing that rises above the workmanlike, this will disappoint The characters never blossomed into three dimensional Their motivations seemed pat and superficial For instance, did Arletty, one of the biggest French film stars If yo [...]


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