I Loved It!
The Room on Rue Amélie is a book completely out of the genre’s I would normally read, but something I am extremely happy I was able to get my hands on. This book is about bravery, strength, and beating the odds in a time where so many gave up, and my heart broke for these characters, and I found myself fearing for my life with these characters, bonding with these characters, and crying with these characters.
When this book first starts, it’s before World War 2 has started, and Ruby is still in New York and has just met Marcel, she’s fallen in love and has agreed to be his wife and move to Paris, against the protests of her parents and the unrest in Europe. Once she’s in Paris and has fallen in love with the city, rumors of unrest and has started and the war has begun. She’s befriended her young neighbor Charlotte, and has seen her husband pulling away from her now that Paris is starting to be overtaken by Nazi’s. She refuses to go back to America as she’s made up her mind to stay with her husband, but she feels so hopeless with everything that is going on.
As the story continues we see Ruby’s struggles, as well as Charlotte’s being a part of a Jewish family in the middle of a city that is overrun by Germans who hate who she is. Seeing the things Charlotte and her parents go through will make anyone who reads this book have their heart broken, but I loved how Ruby tried to make her see past the evil that was surrounding them and see that things would get better. When tragedy strikes, and Ruby takes over helping pilots, she meets a RAF pilot Thomas, and even though their time together was short, there was a connection there that was in-explainable. Throughout the year after Thomas was gone Ruby continued to think of him as Charlotte and Ruby continued to be in danger and never once did she forget about him as their lives continued to get worse. Seeing how strong Ruby and Charlotte were in the face of adversity made me proud to know that there were people during this time that did the things that they did (if you read the author’s note at the end of the book you’ll see that Ruby was based off of a real person during the war).
When Thomas appears back in Ruby’s life, I really was like YES, but I knew things were going be much worse since now the city was overrun and the things were much more dire now in Paris. Through all of it Ruby and Charlotte stood out and made sure they did their part in helping, as small as their part was, in trying to help the Allie’s win the war. Everything goes from bad to worse, and this book tells the story of four amazing characters facing adversity, war, tragedy, and also falling in love and finding hope when everything around them is going to hell.
This book is definitely heartbreaking, but also gives you hope that there is good in humankind. It’s definitely not one that I would have thought I would have enjoyed since it’s out of my normal reading genre’s but once I picked it up, I found myself drawn to these characters, the writing, and the story. I felt empowered by the story and as much as I hated what was going on and what happened to these characters, I loved how they dealt with the circumstances that where thrown their way. Ruby and Charlotte are definitely some of the strongest female characters I have ever read, and I definitely fell in love with them.
I can’t recommend The Room on Rue Amélie enough. Definitely pre-order your copy of this book today, so when it releases in March you have it on your e-reader!
I have received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review.