I’ve always enjoyed World War II fiction, so when I read the synopsis of Kristin Harmel’s Room on Rue Amelie, it caught my attention right away.
It follows American Ruby Benoit as she follows her husband to Paris. But soon after, war comes and the Nazis invade and take over.
Ruby befriends her young neighbor girl, Charlotte, who is Jewish, and when the police begin rounding up Jewish families, their lives become inextricably linked.
Finally, RAF pilot Thomas Clarke enters the picture when he is shot down over France. In saving his life, Ruby and Charlotte are drawn down a dangerous, but purposeful new path.
While it was an enjoyable story of family, friendship and love, this book read more like a Hallmark story than I had expected, or wanted. With the potential to be a moving drama, I feel like it fell a little flat, written very simply and without the depth of character I look for in this kind of book.
The ending, however, was very different thank I would have expected.
While I wouldn’t recommend it as historical fiction, for those looking for an easy read or a romance story, this would certainly fit the bill.
Keep an eye out for it when it hits the shelves in March.