Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Review: The Ambassador's Daughter by Pam Jenoff

The Ambassador's Daughter
By: Pam Jenoff
Pub. Date: January 29, 2013
Publisher: Harlequin MIRA
Pages: 336
Source: Netgalley

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.
When I started The Ambassador's Daughter, I didn't realize that it was a prequel to Pam Jennoff's series, The Kommandant's Girl. Like the idiot I am, while I was still reading, I looked up the other two books and because I did that I got a sense of what was going to happen, and it ended up ruining the rest of story for me!

I love historical stories. There is just something so romantic about a story written during or after a World War, and this one is set in 1919 Paris! I was hooked after seeing the cover! Margot Rosenthal thought she had her life figured out, but when her fiancé comes home from the war disabled, and she has to move to Paris with her dad for a little while, her life starts to unravel. With the help of some unlikely allies, including Krysia and Georg, Margot will decided who she really is meant to be.

While The Ambassador's Daughter is well written, I found some parts to be dragging on and on, and I eventually just ended up skipping some of those parts. I especially loved the parts between Margot and Georg. I thought they had a very interesting connection.

Overall I enjoyed The Ambassador's Daughter. I haven't decided if I want to read The Kommandant's Girl series yet. Though it is set during World War II, which is my favorite time period ever!


  1. I didn't know that either, so I will stay away until I've read this one. Great review!

  2. i really love historical romance type books its one of my most favorite things to read.


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