This captivating novel is based on the true story of Blanche and Claude Auzello, who ran the Ritz Paris during the Nazi occupation of WWII. A tale of love and loyalty, courage and survival, and the cost of long-held secrets set during a period of history that was glamorous as well as terrifying.
Nothing bad can happen at the Ritz; inside its gilded walls every woman looks beautiful, every man appears witty. Favored guests like Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Coco Chanel, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor walk through its famous doors to be welcomed and pampered by Blanche Auzello and her husband, Claude, the hotel's director. The Auzellos are the mistress and master of the Ritz, allowing the glamour and glitz to take their minds off their troubled marriage, and off the secrets that they keep from their guests -- and each other.