Pam Jenoff takes readers to the Paris of 1919. Still recovering from the Great War, world leaders have gathered at a peace conference. Young Margot Rosenthal accompanies her absent-minded father, a German diplomat, to the conclave. She is bored, frustrated by the strange, crowded city, but determined to enjoy a bit of freedom before returning to Germany to marry her wounded fiancé, Stefan. She feels that she hardly knows him anymore. Seeking a bit of adventure, she meets Krysia Smok, a Polish woman who is a gifted musician and a radical with a secret. She also discovers Georg, a German naval officer who makes her question her choices and loyalties. Margot finds herself involved in a dangerous political game. The freedom that she wanted has suddenly turned into a series of harrowing alternatives. Historical romance readers will enjoy the story set during a major historical event, filled with intrigue, and mixing the casualties of war with those of the heart.
The Ambassador’s Daughter
Barbara M. Bibel is a librarian at the Oakland Public Library in Oakland, CA; and at Congregation Netivot Shalom, Berkeley, CA.
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