Review: The Ambassador's Daughter by Pam Jenoff
Author: Pam Jenoff
Publisher: Harlequin Mira
Published: January 29, 2013
Paperback, ARC, 336 pages
Genre: Historical Fiction
Paris, 1919.The world's leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly.
Brought to the peace conference by her father, a German diplomat, Margot Rosenthal initially resents being trapped in the congested French capital, where she is still looked upon as the enemy. But as she contemplates returning to Berlin and a life with Stefan, the wounded fiancé she hardly knows anymore, she decides that being in Paris is not so bad after all.
Bored and torn between duty and the desire to be free, Margot strikes up unlikely alliances: with Krysia, an accomplished musician with radical acquaintances and a secret to protect; and with Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who gives Margot a job—and also a reason to question everything she thought she knew about where her true loyalties should lie.
Against the backdrop of one of the most significant events of the century, a delicate web of lies obscures the line between the casualties of war and of the heart, making trust a luxury that no one can afford.
Pam Jenoff is a new-to-me author. She has written several books including The Diplomats's Wife and The Kommadant's Girl. Just like the books I aforementioned, The Ambassador's Daughter occurs during a tumultuous time in history. This book deals with events surrounding World War I. Margot and her father are living in France attending a peace conference. While there Margot meets an intriguing woman named Krysta. Through Krysta she gets involved with some unsavory characters that try to use Margot for their own political purposes. Margot also meets Georg who is a handsome, young German soldier. Margot is strongly attracted to him, but she's engaged to her childhood sweetheart, Stefan. Stefan has been badly injured in the war, but is anxiously awaiting Margot's return so that they can get married.
It took me about half way through this book to get invested in the plot and characters. I wish I could name a specific reason why, but I can't. I thought the author did a good job of trying to portray what it must have been like for Germans who didn't support the war during this time period. Margot is young, and not at all interested in the things a girl her age would be interested in. She's a likable character, but a bit naive. She's torn between her duty and what her heart wants. I admire how the author portrays Margot's inner turmoil, and the struggle with the conventions of the time.
Overall I like this book. I recommend it to anyone who likes historical fiction books with a little bit of romance and mystery. The romance isn't too heavy, and I'd rate it about PG-13 for those who are concerned. This book did have a slow start for me, but it did pick up. I would absolutely read more by this author.
Thanks to Booktrib I have a finished copy of The Ambassador's Daughter to give away to a lucky reader. You must be at least 13 years old to enter. Giveaway is open to US/Canada addresses only.