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The Riviera House


Thank you to my dear friend LeighEllen @mommaleighellensbooknook for gifting me @librofm credit to listen to The Riviera House by Natasha Lester for our September Historical Fiction pick for #mommaleighellensbookclub The audiobook was phenomenal and really brought the book to life for me. I listened to it in a day in a half because I could.not.stop. listening too it! Also, I sometimes struggle with narrators with accents, but in this case I was listening at a 2.2 speed which is faster than my norm! It was really well done.

Author, Natasha Lester has a unique and engaging way of telling a story. Lots of historical fiction authors tell their stories in a back and forth dual timeline format, but Natasha shares her stories in parts. She will immerse you in several chapters of a part of a timeline before shifting back and forth to a new part. The WWII history, the art, the romance, the mystery, the french restaurant, the vintage boutique, and French Riviera. I was captivated by it all.

Paris, 1939: The Germans think Eliane can’t understand German. The think she is merely cataloging art while they are stealing it. They have no idea she is decoding their notes and smuggling information to the Resistance.

Present Day: Wanting to forget tragedy in her life, Remy, heads to the French Riviera where she has mysteriously inherited a home. While working on her vintage fashion business she stumbles upon a catalog of artworks stolen during WWII and she shocked to see a painting that has hung on her bedroom wall since she was a child. Who is her family really?

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book has it all! History, romance, mystery, strong main characters and secondary characters and oh boy the atmosphere. I felt like I was right there in a french bistro, shopping the markets, and in the French Riviera. Don’t misinterpret my review as all sunshine, though. This one is definitely filled with your typical WWII sadness and will tear at your heart strings a little. But isn’t that the point of book’s sometimes? To make you feel something? I highly recommend this one!

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