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The New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret weaves a lush and engrossing novel of World War II inspired by a true story and perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff.   Paris, 1939: The Nazis think Éliane can't understand German. They’re wrong. They think she’s merely cataloging art in a Louvre museum and unaware they’re stealing national treasures for thei The New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret weaves a lush and engrossing novel of World War II inspired by a true story and perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff.   Paris, 1939: The Nazis think Éliane can't understand German. They’re wrong. They think she’s merely cataloging art in a Louvre museum and unaware they’re stealing national treasures for their private collections. They have no idea she’s carefully decoding their notes and smuggling information to the Resistance. But Éliane is playing a dangerous game. Does she dare trust the man she once loved with her secrets, or will he only betray her once again? She has no way to know for certain . . . until a trip to a stunning home on the French Riviera brings a whole new level of peril.   Present Day: Wanting to forget the tragedy that has left her life in shambles, Remy Lang heads to a home she’s mysteriously inherited on the Riviera. While working on her vintage fashion business, she discovers a catalog of the artworks stolen during World War II and is shocked to see a painting that hung on her childhood bedroom wall. Who is her family, really? And does the Riviera house hold more secrets than Remy is ready to face? Natasha Lester brilliantly explores the impossible choices ordinary people faced every day during extraordinary circumstances, weaving fact with fiction and celebrating women who push the boundaries of their time.


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The New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret weaves a lush and engrossing novel of World War II inspired by a true story and perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff.   Paris, 1939: The Nazis think Éliane can't understand German. They’re wrong. They think she’s merely cataloging art in a Louvre museum and unaware they’re stealing national treasures for thei The New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Secret weaves a lush and engrossing novel of World War II inspired by a true story and perfect for fans of Kate Quinn and Pam Jenoff.   Paris, 1939: The Nazis think Éliane can't understand German. They’re wrong. They think she’s merely cataloging art in a Louvre museum and unaware they’re stealing national treasures for their private collections. They have no idea she’s carefully decoding their notes and smuggling information to the Resistance. But Éliane is playing a dangerous game. Does she dare trust the man she once loved with her secrets, or will he only betray her once again? She has no way to know for certain . . . until a trip to a stunning home on the French Riviera brings a whole new level of peril.   Present Day: Wanting to forget the tragedy that has left her life in shambles, Remy Lang heads to a home she’s mysteriously inherited on the Riviera. While working on her vintage fashion business, she discovers a catalog of the artworks stolen during World War II and is shocked to see a painting that hung on her childhood bedroom wall. Who is her family, really? And does the Riviera house hold more secrets than Remy is ready to face? Natasha Lester brilliantly explores the impossible choices ordinary people faced every day during extraordinary circumstances, weaving fact with fiction and celebrating women who push the boundaries of their time.

30 review for The Riviera House

  1. 4 out of 5

    Karren Sandercock

    Eliane Dufort lives in Paris, her parents run a brasserie or small restaurant, and she has an older brother Luc and four younger sisters. Eliane loves art, she works part time at Louvre and as a waitress. France declares war against Germany in 1939 and the city of Paris falls to the mighty German army in 1940, and Eliane’s world is now full of uncertainty and fear. Rose Valland and Eliane are employed by the Germans to catalog priceless paintings, tapestries and statues at Jeu de Paume. The Germ Eliane Dufort lives in Paris, her parents run a brasserie or small restaurant, and she has an older brother Luc and four younger sisters. Eliane loves art, she works part time at Louvre and as a waitress. France declares war against Germany in 1939 and the city of Paris falls to the mighty German army in 1940, and Eliane’s world is now full of uncertainty and fear. Rose Valland and Eliane are employed by the Germans to catalog priceless paintings, tapestries and statues at Jeu de Paume. The German's are stealing the nation’s treasures and art from rich Jewish people and it makes Eliane furious. They have no idea she can speak German, Eliane and others in the small resistance group are keeping records about the stolen art, decoding notes and passing on information to the resistance. It’s hard to know who she can trust, Xavier Laurent and Ernst Konig are both working for the Germans and they make her feel uneasy. Xavier’s family own a beautiful villa on the French Riviera at Cap Ferrat, and Ernst wants Eliane to attend a Nazi party function with him and stay overnight! Remy Lang, lost her daughter and husband in a tragic accident. Two years later she’s struggling, not sleeping and living in a world full of sadness. She owns a vintage fashion business called Remy’s Closet and she decides to work on her new collection at her villa on the French Riviera. Remy's adopted, included with her paperwork as a baby, are the deeds to the villa and a painting she has hanging in her childhood bedroom in Sydney. Remy discovers a catalog of artwork stolen during WW II by the Germans and she’s stunned to see a picture of her painting included in the booklet. Remy has no idea about her real family, she worried what she will discover and she’s not sure she can deal with decades old secrets. The book has a dual timeline, it seamlessly flows between Paris during WW II, the present time and it's fascinating reading about the following aspects in the story. The Germans easily invading France, ruling the country, taking what they wanted, sending stolen treasure back to Germany, the suffering and deprivation the French people endured for four years and how they resisted. The divine vintage clothes and jewellery Remy sells in her business, how the luxurious villa and the painting ties everything together. The Riviera House is thoroughly researched, beautifully written, rich in detail and reading about the beautiful vintage fashion is always a highlight in Natasha Lester's books. I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review, it's brilliant and five stars from me. https://karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com/

  2. 5 out of 5

    Literary Redhead

    BEST LESTER YET! THE RIVIERA HOUSE is a stunning dual timeline historical fiction novel by New York Times bestselling author, Natasha Lester. I luxuriated in every page, every scene, every word as it revealed the brutal art theft the Nazis did during their Paris occupation in WWII, and the brave Resistance workers who risked all to try to save such great works as the Mona Lisa. The love affair between Éliane, who works at the Louvre, and Xavier, an artist and son of an art gallery owner, adds de BEST LESTER YET! THE RIVIERA HOUSE is a stunning dual timeline historical fiction novel by New York Times bestselling author, Natasha Lester. I luxuriated in every page, every scene, every word as it revealed the brutal art theft the Nazis did during their Paris occupation in WWII, and the brave Resistance workers who risked all to try to save such great works as the Mona Lisa. The love affair between Éliane, who works at the Louvre, and Xavier, an artist and son of an art gallery owner, adds depth and great feeling as readers hope against hope for their survival too. The story moves seamlessly between the war and the present, when Remy, who owns a vintage fashion company, comes to the Riviera after a tragic loss. She has mysteriously inherited a spectacular house there, and by chance, meets and falls in love with a world renown fashion photographer, Adam. The two love affairs have parallels that connect the eras, and Lester entwines them deftly. She writes so descriptively that we’re stunned by the glow of the famous art, hear the thunder of the ocean in the South of France, feel the silk of the amazing vintage clothing Remy wears. It’s a feast for the senses, and expertly draws the reader in. Love, loss, war, betrayal, hope, and new life kept me engrossed ‘til the very last page of this book I did not want to end. A triumph! 5 of 5 Stars Pub Date 31 Aug 2021 #TheRivieraHouse #NetGalley #ReadForeverPub Thanks to Natasha Lester, Forever (Grand Central Publishing), and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

    Éliane Dulac was the eldest child, so spent most of her time mothering her four siblings while their mother ran the restaurant with their father, who was a drunken bully, brutal and unkind. Éliane studied art during her mornings, then worked at the Louvre gallery in the afternoons to earn some money to buy food for her family. With the Nazis close to invading Paris, food was becoming scarcer, and it was a daily struggle to find enough to feed them only a small portion each. When the decision was Éliane Dulac was the eldest child, so spent most of her time mothering her four siblings while their mother ran the restaurant with their father, who was a drunken bully, brutal and unkind. Éliane studied art during her mornings, then worked at the Louvre gallery in the afternoons to earn some money to buy food for her family. With the Nazis close to invading Paris, food was becoming scarcer, and it was a daily struggle to find enough to feed them only a small portion each. When the decision was made for Éliane’s mother and sisters to flee Paris, Éliane decided to stay as she could do more good against the Germans. Luc, her brother, was an artist and part of the resistance; Éliane’s focus was on doing the same. Joining Rose Valland to catalogue priceless artworks at Jeu de Paume that the Germans were bringing together in order to ‘safeguard’ it (read - steal it for their own collections), Éliane didn’t let on that she understood German. And so began her subterfuge of finding out as much as was humanly possible, which she passed on to the Resistance workers of whom there were many. With one of the Nazis, Ernst Konig, offering affection, Éliane shuddered and played the game. The danger was when she was invited (ordered) to go to the French Riviera to a villa called Cap-Ferrat with the Nazis. Could she continue to get away with it? Remy had inherited a villa in the French Riviera – a mystery she wanted to solve – so her journey there was fortuitous as she was still hollowed out with grief. Remy owned a vintage fashion business called Remy’s Closet which she ran online, and her discovery of stolen artworks led Remy to search out details of her biological family, of which she had none. Did Remy really want to delve into the past? Her emotions were all over the place; perhaps she should leave it all in the past… Based on fact, The Riviera House is another exceptional historical novel by Aussie author Natasha Lester, which I loved. I don’t think I’ve read one of this author’s books and not loved it! The characters, as always, were well-written and played their parts well. Angelique, one of Éliane’s sisters, is a strong and determined young woman (not unlike Éliane), and Éliane continually outdid herself with her strength and sheer resolve under extremely difficult circumstances. Highly recommended. With thanks to NetGalley and Hachette AU for my digital ARC to read in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Janelle

    So good!! I think these sorts of books done well are my ultimate comfort read. A bit of history, romance and mystery told in two timelines, good characters and a story told in a believable way, almost impossible to put down. This book is divided into parts alternating between Paris 1939-45 and a modern storyline. The history is based on fact and the theft of art by the Nazis. A fictional character Eliane works at the Louvre then is part of the cataloguing of the art taken from Jewish owners like So good!! I think these sorts of books done well are my ultimate comfort read. A bit of history, romance and mystery told in two timelines, good characters and a story told in a believable way, almost impossible to put down. This book is divided into parts alternating between Paris 1939-45 and a modern storyline. The history is based on fact and the theft of art by the Nazis. A fictional character Eliane works at the Louvre then is part of the cataloguing of the art taken from Jewish owners like the Rothschilds. I was so involved in this story from the start that when it switches to the modern timeline in part 2 I was annoyed but then I got hooked on the modern storyline too. Remy is a widow who also lost her daughter in a car accident 18months earlier. The wrench back and forward between the time periods made me read it faster! I really needed to know what happened and how the stories were connected. The emotional ending is satisfying and perhaps a bit melodramatic (view spoiler)[did Remy really need to nearly die after giving birth? (hide spoiler)] but after such a great read I was willing to forgive this. I think I will have to read more Natasha Lester!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Mandy White (mandylovestoread)

    Natasha Lester is one of my favourite historical fiction writers. Her books are always so well researched, beautifully written and full of emotions. I really do not know how to do this book justice. There is so much that I loved about it and I learnt so much about the French efforts to save their art. Absolutely fantastic and highly recommend to lovers for this genre. Natasha brings her characters to life with her writing. They become people that you would like to be friends with (or kill, depend Natasha Lester is one of my favourite historical fiction writers. Her books are always so well researched, beautifully written and full of emotions. I really do not know how to do this book justice. There is so much that I loved about it and I learnt so much about the French efforts to save their art. Absolutely fantastic and highly recommend to lovers for this genre. Natasha brings her characters to life with her writing. They become people that you would like to be friends with (or kill, depending on the circumstances) As always, we have a dual timeline happening in The Riviera House and I love both parts of the story. In 1939 Paris we meet Elaine Dufort and her family. She works at The Lourve and she finds love with a painter, Xavier. But then the Nazi's take over the city and he flees for England. Elaine send her family away to safety and remains in Paris to help protect the city and the artworks from the Germans. But life for a young woman in Nazi run Paris is hard and she has to do what she has to do to survive, even if she cannot bear to think it. In the present day we meet Remy Lang. She is grieving and travels from Sydney to her home on the French Riviera to take some time away for herself and work on her business. The home was something she inherited but has no idea from who or why. She find a catalogue of artworks and discovers a family connection that she cannot ignore. Both women are incredibly strong and worthy women. I felt for them both and the situations that they were in. I wanted things to work out for them both but always fearful of what the story would unfold. Natasha, I loved it. It will make you cry and it will make you appreciate the freedom of the world that we live in today. Thank you Hachette Australia for sending me this advanced copy. Released in Australia September 1st.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    A building, the Jeu de Paume, filled with stolen paintings during the occupation of France during WWII and a mansion on the Riviera in present day is where we meet Eliane and Remy. WWII…Eliane was summoned to help sort out the stolen paintings and get them prepared to be sent to Hitler and Goring’s private collections. Eliane didn’t want to do this, but she had no choice. She did have the choice to not let the Germans know she spoke their language so she could spy on them and carry on Resistance A building, the Jeu de Paume, filled with stolen paintings during the occupation of France during WWII and a mansion on the Riviera in present day is where we meet Eliane and Remy. WWII…Eliane was summoned to help sort out the stolen paintings and get them prepared to be sent to Hitler and Goring’s private collections. Eliane didn’t want to do this, but she had no choice. She did have the choice to not let the Germans know she spoke their language so she could spy on them and carry on Resistance work. PRESENT DAY…Remy is in her mansion, Cap-Ferrat, in France, meets new neighbors, tries to continue to overcome her grief, and finds a painting in a catalog that lists the paintings Goring had taken for his own. She is shocked to see a painting that she has in her home in Sydney. How can that be? That was 70 years ago. We move back and forth in time and find out the connection between the two time periods and the two women as well as the men they love and the house one had visited and one was living in now. When names from the past started to surface in the present-day story and the connection to the house became apparent, the intrigue ramped up. THE RIVIERA HOUSE pulled me in and didn’t let go. This book is very well written and flows nicely. Ms. Lester’s research is impeccable. THE RIVIERA HOUSE is a beautiful read with authentic, mostly likable characters. And, of course, you can’t have a book set in France without some romance. :) Historical fiction fans, photography fans, vintage clothing fans, and art fans will not want to miss this book. Another book that MUST be added to your summer reading list. 5/5 This book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Theresa Smith

    Natasha Lester has well and truly made her mark when it comes to writing novels about the bravery and determination of women’s efforts at resistance and survival throughout WWII. In her latest release, The Riviera House, she turns her gaze to art, namely, the efforts of a brave few who endeavoured to hide, record, and save from destruction, priceless art that was being stolen and destroyed by the Nazis. And what of the importance of art, when human lives are being lost? ‘Art is all we have when w Natasha Lester has well and truly made her mark when it comes to writing novels about the bravery and determination of women’s efforts at resistance and survival throughout WWII. In her latest release, The Riviera House, she turns her gaze to art, namely, the efforts of a brave few who endeavoured to hide, record, and save from destruction, priceless art that was being stolen and destroyed by the Nazis. And what of the importance of art, when human lives are being lost? ‘Art is all we have when words fail us, when mankind fails us and when we each fail each other. If we don’t save these works, we can’t save ourselves.’ Not only was this a novel about art, but it was also written with such artistry. There were many times where I just lingered over passages, appreciating the way in which I could envisage the entire scene so vividly on account of Natasha’s beautifully descriptive prose. Take this as an example, the way in which her words, quite literally, paint a picture. ‘…his face a stark and sludgy grey, the same wretched shade produced when all the colours – brilliant blues and passionate reds and hopeful yellows and adoring pinks and the golden colour of dreams – were mixed and, rather than a hue more spectacular than each individual shade, what appeared was something ignoble.’ I really appreciate art, although I know nothing about it, technically. I love how this character speaks about the Mona Lisa after seeing it for the first time, and how it makes her realise why it should be saved; this is what I’m talking about when I mention brilliant and Natasha Lester in the same sentence. ‘I asked Monsieur Jaujard to show me the Mona Lisa. You’d always said she was a queen among paintings and I wanted to see; to know why you and Luc were taking so many risks for a painted woman. It was almost evening and when Monsieur lifted the lid off her crate, I saw it: the sfumato, those edgeless shadows you’d often talked about. They were . . .’ She paused, groping for words. ‘Depthless,’ she settled on. ‘As if they went on and on through time and into forever. Then I looked up at Monsieur Jaujard and even though he’s seen the Mona Lisa a thousand times –but maybe never before in the darkness of France’s broken heart –he was crying too. So, I had to do something –and I won’t stop until the Nazis are gone forever.’ The Riviera House is a deeply moving story of love, sacrifice, patriotism and bravery. Heartbreaking and hopeful, and above all, inspiring. I absolutely loved this novel – all the stars! ‘At neither of these next moments do the heavens weep. They pass by unremarked amid the shadow of so much cruelty. Was it all, then, for nothing?’ Thanks to the publisher for the review copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Christine Wells

    A vivid, nuanced and deeply moving depiction of women’s courage in the face of unimaginable danger, sacrifice and loss. The Riviera House is a gripping story of a young woman who risks her life to record the Nazi’s pillage of fine artworks during World War II, and the repercussions of her actions down the years, as her legacy helps another woman in her greatest hour of need. A superlative work of historical fiction—Natasha Lester’s finest yet!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Erika Robuck

    In Hitler's war on civilization, a group of women and men risk everything to protect the art in their care, but it's not until decades later that the profound extent of their sacrifice is discovered. RIVIERA HOUSE is a love letter to art in all its forms. With beautiful prose and immeasurable heart, Natasha Lester shows we must dare to love, in spite of fear, no matter the cost. In Hitler's war on civilization, a group of women and men risk everything to protect the art in their care, but it's not until decades later that the profound extent of their sacrifice is discovered. RIVIERA HOUSE is a love letter to art in all its forms. With beautiful prose and immeasurable heart, Natasha Lester shows we must dare to love, in spite of fear, no matter the cost.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    Another fabulous story from Natasha Lester, one that is based on fact and then told in a way that pulls at the readers emotions as they see the courage and strength that ordinary people possess in times of struggle and need, I have never been dis appointed by one of MS Lester’s stories and this is another one to add to the keeper shelf. Paris 1939 and the Germans have arrived in Paris Eliane Dufort has a hard life caring for her younger siblings while her parents run a brasserie she is also study Another fabulous story from Natasha Lester, one that is based on fact and then told in a way that pulls at the readers emotions as they see the courage and strength that ordinary people possess in times of struggle and need, I have never been dis appointed by one of MS Lester’s stories and this is another one to add to the keeper shelf. Paris 1939 and the Germans have arrived in Paris Eliane Dufort has a hard life caring for her younger siblings while her parents run a brasserie she is also studying art in the mornings and works at The Louvre in the afternoons then in the brasserie at night, she is close to her older brother Luc who is an artist. Everything changes when the Nazi’s arrive at the Louvre to help themselves to the art works. Eliane convinces them that she can help them catalogue the works and here starts her work helping protect the art with the help of Rose Valland, it is a dangerous position to be in and then the man, Xavier who she thought she loved has arrived to help the Germans. The Riviera 2015 Remy Lang has arrived at the house she inherited to try and get on with her life two years after the tragic loss of her husband and child, Remy runs a vintage fashion design business and is here to do a photo shoot then when she meets Adam Henry-Jones, photographer staying with his family next door Remy discovers a book a catalogue of Goring’s artworks from World War two and is shocked to discover that a painting that she inherited is in that book, how does this relate to her, who are her real family and with Adam’s help Remy discovers a lot about her past and this helps her move into the future. This is a gorgeous story over two time lines, so beautifully written with heartfelt emotion courage and strength, MS Lester brings these characters to life and puts the reader in the seat of intrigue, daring and bravery as ordinary people do what they can to save precious artefacts for future generations. It shows what people will do for the people they love in a page turning story that was hard to put down. I loved the fashions that Remy has and the house on the Riviera is just gorgeous in both time lines so many memories there and the characters, there are so many of them that made this story so good, and the romances in both time lines added to the emotions. This is a story that I would highly recommend, clear some time because you are not going to want to put it down as you get to know these people from the past and present. My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Hachette AUS for my copy to read and review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Wendy W.

    You can also read this review on my blog at https://thebashfulbookworm.com/book-r... The Riviera House by Natasha Lester is a beautifully written, historic novel, with dual timelines set in France during WWII and the present. I was entranced and blown away by the beauty of the writing and the stories inside. The first timeline starts in Paris in 1930 and follows Éliane as she struggles to go to school and learn about art and art history and also helps care for her sibling. She also falls in love w You can also read this review on my blog at https://thebashfulbookworm.com/book-r... The Riviera House by Natasha Lester is a beautifully written, historic novel, with dual timelines set in France during WWII and the present. I was entranced and blown away by the beauty of the writing and the stories inside. The first timeline starts in Paris in 1930 and follows Éliane as she struggles to go to school and learn about art and art history and also helps care for her sibling. She also falls in love with Xavier, an Englishman who trades fine art, however, he disappears just before the Nazi invasion and breaks her heart. Once the Nazis invade she works at a museum, cataloging fine art pieces. The Nazis don’t believe she knows understands German and she’s free to pick up information and pass it on to the Resistance. In the present-day timeline, Remy discovers she inherited a stunning villa on the French Rivier from her birth parents that she never knew. Remy is has a vintage fashion business but is also still grieving the loss of her young daughter and husband in a car accident nearly three years ago. Once in the Villa, she meets a boisterous family next door, who all have their own secrets. She also discovers that an old painting she’s had with her since her childhood was once stolen from the Louvre by the Nazis in World War II. How did she get that painting? The Riviera House is a stunning and beautifully written story about unimaginable courage and survival during one of the most horrendous times in our history. The Riviera House is also two of the most enchanting love stories I’ve read in a while. This book is huge at 480 pages, but I zipped through this book in only two sittings because I was enthralled by the story from the very first page. The descriptions of the exotic settings in this book are stunning. Often in dual timeline books, one of the timelines is better than the other, but in The Riviera House, I found both stories equally enthralling, for different reasons. I loved the past timeline and was fascinated with the historical details as well as the courage and bravery of Éliane and her friends and family. In the present timeline, I was drawn to Remy and empathized with her grief and sadness, but I was also interested in her vintage fashion business. The neighbors next door, especially her love interest, Adam, were interesting and realistic. I thought the author did an excellent job at describing the beautiful scenery, the villa, and the vintage clothes. What I also found surprising about this book was the unexpected twists and turns the story takes. I could not guess the ending, nor the relationships between the timelines until the very end. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Shirley McAllister

    Effects of War This book was a heartbreaking story to read, both parts the current and the WWII parts. It is a dual timeline, but easily kept apart. I spent some extra time reading as I wanted to savor the story. I enjoyed reading the whole book...beginning, middle and ending....what a wonderful story. The book is about some brave hero's during WWII that gave everything to save the paintings which were being stolen from the Jewish people. The resistance working right under the noses of the Nazi's. Effects of War This book was a heartbreaking story to read, both parts the current and the WWII parts. It is a dual timeline, but easily kept apart. I spent some extra time reading as I wanted to savor the story. I enjoyed reading the whole book...beginning, middle and ending....what a wonderful story. The book is about some brave hero's during WWII that gave everything to save the paintings which were being stolen from the Jewish people. The resistance working right under the noses of the Nazi's. Then it all turned out bad for them when one of their own turned traitor. I especially liked the characters of Eliane, Rose and Xavier. I loved the descriptions of the clothing and the buildings. It was even interesting to hear how both sides lived, the Nazi's and the Parisians under occupation. The long queue lines for food, the greediness of the Nazi's and their overindulgence while everyone else was starving and freezing to death. How they would just shoot someone for disagreeing with them in any matter. To live with fear in your every waking moment would be even worse than being cold and hungry. In the second timeline Remy who has just lost her husband and daughter in a car accident finds out she has inherited a beautiful house in Paris. When she digs to find out information on why she was left the house she finds much more than she bargained for. There are many secrets concerning her house in Paris. She needed to confront the past in order to live in the future. She does have her new friend and love interest Adam there to help her solve all the mysteries. Was an interesting historical story. I liked that it was based on actual events. This author did her research. It was a very well written story and I would recommend it. Thanks to Natasha Lester, Forever, Grand Central Publishing, and NetGalley for providing me with a complimentary copy of the book for my honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Paris 1939 – 1944 Élaine and Xavier Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 2015 Remy and Adam Élaine is working along with (the real) Rose Valland at great risk to themselves as they try to keep track of the art being stolen by the Nazis. For Élaine especially this means making nice with the Nazis. Just before the war Élaine and Xavier are in love but he goes away on unexplained ‘business’ until later it appears that he may be assisting the Germans with their art theft, but all is not as it seems. Remy is mourning Paris 1939 – 1944 Élaine and Xavier Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat 2015 Remy and Adam Élaine is working along with (the real) Rose Valland at great risk to themselves as they try to keep track of the art being stolen by the Nazis. For Élaine especially this means making nice with the Nazis. Just before the war Élaine and Xavier are in love but he goes away on unexplained ‘business’ until later it appears that he may be assisting the Germans with their art theft, but all is not as it seems. Remy is mourning the loss of her husband and daughter in Australia at which point her adopted parents inform her she has inherited a beautiful home in Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat. When she arrives strangely she does not appear to be terribly interested in finding out how exactly she came by this amazing property. I can’t recall what peaked her interest but she does begin to seek the connection that has brought her to this beautiful villa in France. No surprise when we find it is the property that binds the story together. Remy is operating a vintage clothing business and is in need of a photographer for her lookbook. She meets the family in the neighbouring property and by coincidence there is Adam, a photographer who offers to do the photos. No need to say more. The very essence of this book is about the love of art which was the very best part for me. There are beautiful moments as well as some (Remy) that were a bit too maudlin but all in all I enjoyed it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Kylie

    The Rivieira House is the story of Eliane, she is raised in a large family with five girls in Paris during the 1930's during the time of Hitler. She is studying Art, and working 2 jobs, whilst also trying to take care of her family. Her Mother works hard at the Brasserie they own, her father is a drunk, and is quite aggressive and violent and takes a lot of out on Eliane and her mother. Eliane meets Xavier, an old friend of her brothers who is an Artist, his family run an Art Museum in town and a The Rivieira House is the story of Eliane, she is raised in a large family with five girls in Paris during the 1930's during the time of Hitler. She is studying Art, and working 2 jobs, whilst also trying to take care of her family. Her Mother works hard at the Brasserie they own, her father is a drunk, and is quite aggressive and violent and takes a lot of out on Eliane and her mother. Eliane meets Xavier, an old friend of her brothers who is an Artist, his family run an Art Museum in town and also own a couple in America and England. Eliane and Xavier fall in love, they spend every possible moment together, Xavier is a kind, generous and thoughtful boyfriend to Eliane. Xavier and his father move to England when the Germans invade France, Eliane is on her own. Her Father and Brother have been called up to join the army. Her Mother and her four sisters have fleed Paris in search of safety away from the war. Eliane is left on her own as the eldest daughter to keep working and earning money to support her family. Ellie has been relocated to work at Jeu de Paume, under the supervision of the Germans, she keeps a secret from them and also pretends that she can not speak German. The book then moves to the year 2015, Remy is living in a seaside house she is grieving the loss of her daughter and husband in a car accident two years prior. Remy wakes up one morning to find a stranger sitting in her lounge chair reading a book in the sunshine, she looks outside and the stranger quickly disappears. Remy owns a boutique antique clothing online store, she loans her antique clothing collection to fashion shoots and also sells them. Remy meets her neighbours whilst she is down on the beach reading a book, they all invite her over to dinner, and the friendship she is forming with these strangers, is a great relief to Remy, she is starting to laugh again. She forms a friendship with Adam who is a professional photographer, who assists Remy by doing some photoshoots of her clothing for her Instagram account. Adam and Remy find a book which is a catalogue of lost Art from 70+ years ago, "The Goring Catalogue," which contains Art that Hermann Goring stole during World War II. It is this catalogue that Remy sees a picture of a stolen piece of Art that is hanging on her bedroom wall back home in Sydney. Remy is confused, how did she end up with this particular art piece that was stolen during war 70+ years ago, when Germany invaded France, and why is it in her family's possession. This book is beautifully written by Natasha Lester, the dual time lines make the book very intriguing, and making you want to keep reading, to find out what is going to happen next with both main characters. It is a book I could not put down. This is the first book I have read by Natasha Lester, and I am now a huge fan, I will definitely be looking for more of her books in the future. I received a copy of this book from Better Reading and Hachette Australia in exchange for an honest review, it's brilliant and five stars from me.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Liz

    So good!!! I absolutely love Natasha Lester’s vivid writing style and amazing storytelling ability. The Riviera House was fantastic and I could barely put it down! Two timelines are beautifully woven together to tell a story of strength, resilience, and love. Elaine risks her life to preserve important works of art being stolen from the Nazis during the war but who can she trust when someone starts betraying their efforts. Remy is still reeling from the loss of her husband and daughter 2 years ag So good!!! I absolutely love Natasha Lester’s vivid writing style and amazing storytelling ability. The Riviera House was fantastic and I could barely put it down! Two timelines are beautifully woven together to tell a story of strength, resilience, and love. Elaine risks her life to preserve important works of art being stolen from the Nazis during the war but who can she trust when someone starts betraying their efforts. Remy is still reeling from the loss of her husband and daughter 2 years ago when she escapes to the Riviera House she inherited, but is she prepared for what awaits her there? Thanks to #NetGalley, Natasha Lester, and Forever - Grand Central Publishing for the ARC of #TheRivieraHouse in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer (JC-S)

    ‘Civilisation was more than a mass of people; it was also the beautiful things that came from minds and hands and that touched hearts.’ Paris 1939. Éliane Dufort lives in Paris with her parents and siblings. The family has a small brasserie. Éliane works part time at the Louvre, and as a waitress in the family brasserie. But when Paris falls under Nazi control, lives are changed forever. The Nazis are stealing artworks, and they do not realise that Éliane understands German. Éliane is able to sha ‘Civilisation was more than a mass of people; it was also the beautiful things that came from minds and hands and that touched hearts.’ Paris 1939. Éliane Dufort lives in Paris with her parents and siblings. The family has a small brasserie. Éliane works part time at the Louvre, and as a waitress in the family brasserie. But when Paris falls under Nazi control, lives are changed forever. The Nazis are stealing artworks, and they do not realise that Éliane understands German. Éliane is able to share information about the artworks with members of the Resistance. But this is both courageous and dangerous. And who can she trust? There are spies everywhere. In the present day, following the tragic loss of her husband and daughter, Remy Lang retreats to a home she has inherited on the Riviera. Remy has a vintage fashion business, and in a catalogue of artworks stolen during World War II she discovers in her Riviera house, she is shocked to discover a painting that hung on her bedroom wall as a child. Who owns the painting? The story shifts between past and present, between the heroic activities of Éliane and others during World War II and the puzzles and issues confronting Remy in the present day. Rose Valland was the hero used by Ms Lester as the inspiration for this novel, which took me into a part of World War II history dealing with Nazi art theft and its far-reaching repercussions. Ms Lester brings the two storylines together brilliantly: I was left guessing about some connections until near the end. Both sets of characters came to life for me in this deeply moving story, and I became caught up in both timelines. Highly recommended. Note: My thanks to NetGalley and Hachette Australia for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposes. Jennifer Cameron-Smith

  17. 4 out of 5

    MicheleReader

    Natasha Lester’s latest historical fiction alternates between Paris in the 1940s and 2015 on the French Rivera. Eliane Dufort is working at the Louvre when the Nazis start stealing the country’s most treasured artwork. The Jeu de Paume gallery becomes the transit station for the movement of the pieces to various locations. Pretending to not understand German, Eliane is able to spy on those coordinating the plundering and she secretly catalogs each piece, noting where the artwork is being sent. T Natasha Lester’s latest historical fiction alternates between Paris in the 1940s and 2015 on the French Rivera. Eliane Dufort is working at the Louvre when the Nazis start stealing the country’s most treasured artwork. The Jeu de Paume gallery becomes the transit station for the movement of the pieces to various locations. Pretending to not understand German, Eliane is able to spy on those coordinating the plundering and she secretly catalogs each piece, noting where the artwork is being sent. The second timeline takes place at the villa owned by Remy Lang, who is mourning the loss of her husband and young daughter. Although she was adopted as a baby, the luxurious property was left to her by her birth family. She finds a book at the villa which shows pictures of all the looted artwork during WWII. Included is a painting she immediately recognizes as one that had hung in her bedroom since childhood. The discovery leads Remy to seek the truth about her birth family. Lester’s books are beautifully written. As with her others, she weaves historical figures with fictional characters. The Riviera House is another wonderful, well-researched story that tells of brave people who risked their lives to save France’s masterpieces. While the wartime storyline is the most riveting, as it reflects the unimaginable reality of what was occurring during the Nazi occupation, the modern day story is very engaging. Both periods include some romance. And when the past and the present start to come together, prepare to be deeply moved. Many thanks to Forever / Grand Central Publishing, NetGalley and the author for the opportunity to read this memorable book in advance of its August 31, 2021 publication. Rated 4.75 stars. Review posted on MicheleReader.com.

  18. 5 out of 5

    theliterateleprechaun

    What is the value of a piece of art? Lester’s five-star historical fiction explores the Nazi’s ruthless plunder of precious masterpieces during WW2 and features the brave women who arduously worked to save them. Inspired by the true story of Rose Valland and her daring work as an art saviour at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, Lester spent months in Paris meticulously researching this complicated history. In this dual timeline, the journey of the masterpieces is featured in the wartime narrativ What is the value of a piece of art? Lester’s five-star historical fiction explores the Nazi’s ruthless plunder of precious masterpieces during WW2 and features the brave women who arduously worked to save them. Inspired by the true story of Rose Valland and her daring work as an art saviour at the Jeu de Paume Museum in Paris, Lester spent months in Paris meticulously researching this complicated history. In this dual timeline, the journey of the masterpieces is featured in the wartime narrative while the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild is showcased in the contemporary narrative. This five-star read will have you wanting to find out more about these real people and events. Both timelines will force you to do some introspection, too. “So many things worth preserving have been ruined.” “Instead of saving paintings, we should be saving people.” You’ll need to read to find out if Rose and Eliane’s efforts to save the paintings were worth the danger of spying on the Germans and if there’s a possibility that war might bring out the best in some people. You’ll be moved reading about one woman’s courage to start over and how Rose and Eliane’s sacrifices helps her during the lowest point in her life. Romance, danger, sacrifice, grief and loss lurk around every corner in this spectacular read. We can learn from the tenacity of these women and appreciate the beautiful French setting while concluding that not everything is as it seems. As always, Natasha Lester’s books are eagerly anticipated and sumptuously enjoyed!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Dive Into A Good Book

    The spellbinding words of Natasha Lester, had me completely enchanted from the first chapter. The delicate way that Lester brings forth the true atrocities that the Nazis brought into France during World War II is horrific and barbaric. Their ability to believe anything that they touched, or saw was theirs, and to destroy whatever they liked at a drop of a hat. The Riviera House is a new take on a WWII read. It focuses on the mass stealing and destroying of the important works of art in France, The spellbinding words of Natasha Lester, had me completely enchanted from the first chapter. The delicate way that Lester brings forth the true atrocities that the Nazis brought into France during World War II is horrific and barbaric. Their ability to believe anything that they touched, or saw was theirs, and to destroy whatever they liked at a drop of a hat. The Riviera House is a new take on a WWII read. It focuses on the mass stealing and destroying of the important works of art in France, and the people who tried to preserve it. This masterfully written novel is a work of fiction; however, you can tell that Lester did a deep dive into researching this topic. Even when I was not actively reading, I was mulling over the exquisite words and beautiful details that Lester has created. The Riviera House unfolds as a dual timeline, brilliantly linking the past to the present in a deep mystery. Èliane lives with her family, dreaming of becoming a painter. She works her days in the Louvre and her nights are spent waitressing at her family's brasserie. Her father is a mean drunk, who is drinking away all the profits, and her mother has completely given up. The entire family depends on Èliane and her meager salary to live on. She is strong, determined, passionate young woman who will do anything and everything to take care of her family. In 1939, the war comes to France. All the art is moved out of the Louvre and hidden around the country. Èliane begins to work with the Germans, cataloging invaluable pieces of art that they have taken from Jewish people around the country. Èliane is working closely with Rose Valland, an actual historical hero that helped save countless pieces of art. They are keeping track of where these pieces are being sent and passing on pertinent information to the French Resistance. Present day, Remy Lang is still reeling from the death of her young daughter and husband. Who were tragically taken from her in an automobile accident. She has inherited a villa on the French Rivera, she does not know how she has come into this inheritance. All she knows is that when her parents adopted her, she came with a painting and the deed to the villa. There is no background story on who she actually is and where her family came from. She has started a vintage clothing business, which sends her spiraling back to the past with each astonishing outfit. Through her new love interest Adam, they accidentally stumble upon a book of stolen WWII paintings, and the painting that she came with as a baby is in this book! This leads Remy down a path of self-discovery. Which not only helps her overcome her regrets and depression but allows her to open her heart to a great love. Natasha Lester has created her own work of art in this book. The descriptions speak to all your senses, you can feel the whisper of silk upon her skin, you can feel the layers of oil upon the canvas, you see the endless gray skies that are caused by the bombs that are dropped upon the city, and you can see the intense expanse of ocean from The Riviera House. This book will invoke regret, joy, laughter, and utter heartbreak. The two love stories that she creates makes you believe in love again. The absolute joy and trust you can have in another person is breathtaking. The Riviera House is one of the best books I have read all year. It will make you completely enraptured, enthralled, and enamored. You will be unable to put it down. I have given it all of the stars, because five is just not enough. Thank you to NetGalley and Forever Publishing for allowing me to read this absolutely breathtaking book. Go out and preorder this book today, seriously what are you waiting for!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Veronica ⭐️

    *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp... Narrated in dual time lines The Riviera House is an absorbing read that focuses on the enormous lengths Parisian citizens went to to protect the art works that were being stolen by the German army during WWII. The tension is compelling and the conflict simmers on the page. The German army is unrelenting and many citizens had to comply seemingly collaborating with the enemy. Lester writes about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and quite often I wa *https://theburgeoningbookshelf.blogsp... Narrated in dual time lines The Riviera House is an absorbing read that focuses on the enormous lengths Parisian citizens went to to protect the art works that were being stolen by the German army during WWII. The tension is compelling and the conflict simmers on the page. The German army is unrelenting and many citizens had to comply seemingly collaborating with the enemy. Lester writes about ordinary people doing extraordinary things and quite often I was asking myself what I would do in their situation. I’m not nearly as brave! I really enjoyed Eliane’s story as she put herself in grave danger time and time again to document the famous works of art ensuring that they would not be lost to the world forever. I was so engrossed in Lester’s imagined world that when it changes time lines I initially had a feeling of disappointment. However Remy’s story, set in 2015, is as equally engrossing as we delve into the mystery that surrounds Remy’s ancestors and the beautiful Riviera house she inherited. Lester has written another riveting historical fiction filled with strong, resilient women and swoon worthy men. The Riviera House is rich in sacrifice, loss, perseverance, tenacity and love all wrapped around the world of fine art. I am again holding this book up against A Kiss from Mr Fitzgerald which left big shoes to fill. *I received my copy through Better Reading Preview

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sharah McConville

    Natasha Lester's stories are always such a wonderful read. The Riviera House is another dual-timeline historical fiction set during WWII and the present. Frenchwoman, Eliane Dufort's story is set between 1939 and 1944, and follows her and her sibling’s courageous resistance efforts during the war. The story focuses on the theft of priceless artworks by the Nazi's. In the present day, Remy Lang has always owned a painting connected to the collections stolen by the Nazi's without knowing its origi Natasha Lester's stories are always such a wonderful read. The Riviera House is another dual-timeline historical fiction set during WWII and the present. Frenchwoman, Eliane Dufort's story is set between 1939 and 1944, and follows her and her sibling’s courageous resistance efforts during the war. The story focuses on the theft of priceless artworks by the Nazi's. In the present day, Remy Lang has always owned a painting connected to the collections stolen by the Nazi's without knowing its origin. While on a break in France, Remy discovers some family secrets that can no longer be left hidden. Thanks to Better Reading for my ARC.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kate Murdoch

    In wartime Paris, a woman joins forces with her colleagues and family to save the art treasures of France from the Nazis. The Riviera House is the first Natasha Lester novel I have read, and I very much enjoyed this page turner. It’s a wonderful premise and the story doesn’t disappoint. Éliane Dufort is an innocent at the beginning of this story, her main focus the care of her sisters and family. As violence and brutality erupt in Paris, sending her family away and resulting in her involvement i In wartime Paris, a woman joins forces with her colleagues and family to save the art treasures of France from the Nazis. The Riviera House is the first Natasha Lester novel I have read, and I very much enjoyed this page turner. It’s a wonderful premise and the story doesn’t disappoint. Éliane Dufort is an innocent at the beginning of this story, her main focus the care of her sisters and family. As violence and brutality erupt in Paris, sending her family away and resulting in her involvement in the Resistance movement, specifically recording the destinations and whereabouts of priceless artworks belonging to France, Éliane’s innocence is lost and she becomes embroiled in a situation far larger than herself and her interests. At the same time, she falls deeply in love with Xavier Laurent, who is as determined as she to prevent the theft of France’s cultural heritage. The parallel, present-day storyline of Remy, who is grieving the loss of her family and whose mysterious origins gradually come to light, is a welcome contrast to Éliane’s narrative. I enjoyed the Riviera house as a character in its own right, its gardens and interiors beautifully rendered. The way the author has linked this location to both characters is well done and the question of how their two lives are interwoven is tantalisingly revealed, keeping me hooked and racing through the pages. The writing is elegant, and often emotionally charged. The insights into wartime suffering and the determined mindset of Resistance Parisians are perceptive and well researched. Thank you to Netgalley and Hachette Australia for the digital ARC to read and review.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mari K Eder

    I was totally enchanted by this supremely lush, deeply moving and beautiful - albeit with a thread of tragedy - book. The best term to describe this historical novel with breakthrough romance is: well, delicious. I didn't want to stop reading it. I thought about the characters and their challenges when it wasn't reading it. It drew me in and didn't let me leave. Even when I had finished the story I wanted to go back and reread the last few chapters so I could enjoy the all over again. This was d I was totally enchanted by this supremely lush, deeply moving and beautiful - albeit with a thread of tragedy - book. The best term to describe this historical novel with breakthrough romance is: well, delicious. I didn't want to stop reading it. I thought about the characters and their challenges when it wasn't reading it. It drew me in and didn't let me leave. Even when I had finished the story I wanted to go back and reread the last few chapters so I could enjoy the all over again. This was definitely the best book I will read this year.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    ‘Without art, we’re not truly alive. Take away all the musical instruments and the songs and the sculptures and the books and the sketches and the paintings and it's like taking away food. Nobody would survive.’ Natasha Lester continues to produce spellbinding tale after spellbinding tale. Here again she delivers with another historical showstopper - a dual time narrative that will have you on the edge of your seat until you finally, and regrettably, turn the last page. If you have never read a ‘Without art, we’re not truly alive. Take away all the musical instruments and the songs and the sculptures and the books and the sketches and the paintings and it's like taking away food. Nobody would survive.’ Natasha Lester continues to produce spellbinding tale after spellbinding tale. Here again she delivers with another historical showstopper - a dual time narrative that will have you on the edge of your seat until you finally, and regrettably, turn the last page. If you have never read a Natasha Lester book (historical fiction fan or not) then I am here to tell you, you are missing out. I have loved everything she has written and her latest, ‘The Riviera House’ is no exception. For her latest lavish escapade, Natasha transports her readers back to when the Nazis were categorically undertaking major art theft during WWII and where brave Resistance fighters risked much to try and preserve and keep safe remarkable works of art. I cannot even begin to imagine the ENORMOUS amount of research that Natasha so obviously undertook in the writing of this book. The details are incredible as once again her artistic weaving of both facts curated around a fictional tale is sublime and leaves the reader in no doubt … no doubt whatsoever … that Natasha is a phenomenal writer of historical fiction. To be treated to a dual time narrative is exciting and with each of her novels I continue to be gobsmacked at how cleverly Natasha lays the foundation for both tales knowing that, eventually, they will intertwine and leave her readers in awe. Her storytelling ability is next level, whether you are in war-torn Paris or basking in the sun on the French Riviera, you get all the ‘feels’ through Natasha’s writing. To open a page of Natasha’s book is to be transported back in time or stepping into the shoes of the internal struggles Remy faces in the present day. There are moments where Natasha has you feeling the depths of hunger or the pain from chilblains, where characters are cutting up clothes for repurposing or laying in front of the fireplace in a vintage gown, Natasha takes you there. If it were at all possible I would give this book more than five stars as it is so heartbreakingly beautiful. I have to hold myself back from rushing to consume it all in one sit, devouring prose as one would refreshment on a hot day. Natasha will always spoil her readers through her love of fashion and vintage clothing which is once again on display. This time, of course, there is focus on some incredible works of art and any story that has you rushing to visually see for yourself through Google is well done. I am not referring here to not only the likes of the Mona Lisa, but also The Astronomer by Vermeer or the enchanting village of Eze on the French Riviera. ‘Art is the daughter of freedom … When we stood together watching the Winged Victory we were all connected by something beyond ourselves. Art is all we have when words fail us, when mankind fails us and when we each fail each other. If we don’t save these works, we can’t save ourselves.’ This novel is so powerful and beautifully written, each and every character brings something to the story. Through pain and loss, sacrifice and sorrow Natasha takes you on a journey where seemingly impossible decisions will have to be made with the ramifications transcending through the years to come. Do yourself a favour, walk the streets of Paris with Eliane in war torn France, then start putting all the pieces together with Remy in the present day. I challenge you not to be shocked as secrets are revealed at just the right points throughout the story, or feel triumphant when your heartfelt hopes are realised. This is historical fiction, indeed storytelling, at its finest. I simply cannot wait to see what Natasha will come up with next as she is now an author one buys without even turning to read the book blurb - she is that good. ‘Love is watching me go and saying nothing, doing nothing.’ This review is based on a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The quoted material may have changed in the final release.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenn (burlingtonbibliophagist)

    Book Review The Riviera House by Natasha Lester - I cried at the end….. this book will pull at your heart - Slower start but once I started the present day storyline I was hooked - Writing was so descriptive, I could picture the landscapes, the old buildings; the fashion - I want to see the “pink house” - Made me want to put on a gown and get “glammed” up- not for anyone else but myself- because it makes you feel good - As always with Lester I appreciate the research that goes into her books, from the Book Review The Riviera House by Natasha Lester - I cried at the end….. this book will pull at your heart - Slower start but once I started the present day storyline I was hooked - Writing was so descriptive, I could picture the landscapes, the old buildings; the fashion - I want to see the “pink house” - Made me want to put on a gown and get “glammed” up- not for anyone else but myself- because it makes you feel good - As always with Lester I appreciate the research that goes into her books, from the garments, to the landscapes, the events, the places and the people- ALL are rooted in truth inspired by history - For a historical fiction/romance this book also included a lot of family drama Trigger warnings: serious illness, child death, adoption, sperm donation A powerful story of love, and the sacrifices one makes to to protect it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Rose

    How do you stop at just five stars for a book that is so enchanting and heartbreaking and beautiful all in one? Part of me wanted to devour every single word at once and another part of me wanted to savor every single bit of it for as long as possible. Inspired by a true story, the Germans think Elaine cannot speak or understand German as she assists them in cataloging art in the Louvre that they intend to steal for themselves. She is actually coding each and every piece of art she gets her hand How do you stop at just five stars for a book that is so enchanting and heartbreaking and beautiful all in one? Part of me wanted to devour every single word at once and another part of me wanted to savor every single bit of it for as long as possible. Inspired by a true story, the Germans think Elaine cannot speak or understand German as she assists them in cataloging art in the Louvre that they intend to steal for themselves. She is actually coding each and every piece of art she gets her hands on so that one day someone will be able to get the art back to its correct owners. Her story is weaved in with the story or Remy in the present day, who escapes the recent tragedy in her life to the house she inherited on the Riviera. After discovering a catalog of the artworks, she realizes one of the paintings is hung on her own wall, and begins to dive into who her family is and what this piece of art means. It’s hard to find words for how beautiful this story was. The amount of detail written on every page made it hard not to easily be transcended into Paris in the 1940s or along the coast helping Remy discover her past. Each character has admirable traits you just can’t help to smile at, but they all also came with their relatable flaws that made you want to shake them. A book written with characters as exquisite as that is hard to come by. Everyone should pick up this book, and be prepared to transport to Paris during the middle of World War II alongside Eliane as she forms the most beautiful and heart-shattering bonds, and also alongside Remy as she works through her internal struggles and discovers who she really is - a timeless novel that will never be outdated, this one will be released on Aug. 31 and I highly recommend preordering now.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Sometimes I think that every older French woman was in the Resistance but that takes nothing away from this story of love, intrigue, art and betrayal. It is told in the timeline of Eliane during the war in Paris. She works in the Louvre and is part of a group trying to protect the major art works from being taken by the Germans. The second timeline is Remy in 2015. She lost her husband and daughter in an accident and after two years is still grieving and protecting her heart. It took me a while Sometimes I think that every older French woman was in the Resistance but that takes nothing away from this story of love, intrigue, art and betrayal. It is told in the timeline of Eliane during the war in Paris. She works in the Louvre and is part of a group trying to protect the major art works from being taken by the Germans. The second timeline is Remy in 2015. She lost her husband and daughter in an accident and after two years is still grieving and protecting her heart. It took me a while to figure out how the two were connected but that is part of what kept me reading along with the descriptions of beautiful clothes, the house in Cap Farrat and the love story of Remy and Adam and Eliane and Xavier. The Paris during the war felt dismal and grey. Eliane and her brother, Luc, and sister, Angelique, run a brasserie which allowed them a bit more food and a chance to the spy on the Germans. The characters were pretty well developed and I was so rooting for Eliane and Xavier. My only downside was I wanted to know more about Adam's relationship with his brother, Matt. I would like to thank Netgalley and Forever (Grand Central Publishing) for providing me a copy of this very moving tale of WW2.

  28. 4 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    Natasha Lester has given us another exquisite story with The Riviera House. Told during both WW2 and the current day, she weaves a heartbreaking, beautiful story of love and loss - not just of the human kind. Told by Eliane in WW2 and Remy in the current day, their lives interweave in ways that no one would have expected back in the 1940s, and the heartbreak of back then is still alive today. Ms Lester always does so much research into her stories, and as I am reading along, I am Googling the thing Natasha Lester has given us another exquisite story with The Riviera House. Told during both WW2 and the current day, she weaves a heartbreaking, beautiful story of love and loss - not just of the human kind. Told by Eliane in WW2 and Remy in the current day, their lives interweave in ways that no one would have expected back in the 1940s, and the heartbreak of back then is still alive today. Ms Lester always does so much research into her stories, and as I am reading along, I am Googling the things she is telling us about. It is like homework, but with things that I really am interested in. My heart hurt as the story moves along, but the last chapter or so really brought on the tears. There were a few twists and turns that surprised me along the way. I was swept away with this story, and you will be too;

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    Natasha Lester amazes me with her historical details intertwined with tragic yet hopeful love. My heart is full! All the stars, definitely in my top favorites for the year! There are so many wonderful details in this book - clothing, places, and artwork - that create such a vivid and visceral image of the story. I felt like I was in a movie while I read! The intertwining storylines between German-occupied Paris in the 1940 and the French Riviera in 2015 added so many layered dimensions to the st Natasha Lester amazes me with her historical details intertwined with tragic yet hopeful love. My heart is full! All the stars, definitely in my top favorites for the year! There are so many wonderful details in this book - clothing, places, and artwork - that create such a vivid and visceral image of the story. I felt like I was in a movie while I read! The intertwining storylines between German-occupied Paris in the 1940 and the French Riviera in 2015 added so many layered dimensions to the story, and interwove romance with family drama, political upheaval and devastation, as well as mystery. The story and characters will burrow right into your heart, and leave you with a big ol' book hangover. I. LOVE. THIS. BOOK. Thank you to Forever for my gifted copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Margot Frye

    I received this book as an ARC and this is my review. This book is truly remarkable and I loved it! The setting is France during World War II and there are villains and heroes and resistance leaders and they are all striving to save or steal great paintings housed in the Louvre and other French museums. The story switches periodically to the French Riviera in current times. There are mysteries and historical questions throughout. This is fiction but based on colorful French history. I totally re I received this book as an ARC and this is my review. This book is truly remarkable and I loved it! The setting is France during World War II and there are villains and heroes and resistance leaders and they are all striving to save or steal great paintings housed in the Louvre and other French museums. The story switches periodically to the French Riviera in current times. There are mysteries and historical questions throughout. This is fiction but based on colorful French history. I totally recommend this book to any reader fascinated by the tapestry of war and its victims and survivors.

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