The Girl from the Grand Hotel : A Novel

Camille Aubray

Mozhan Navabi (Narrator)

04-30-24

9hrs 19min

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Fiction/Historical

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04-30-24

9hrs 19min

Abridgement

Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Historical

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“The Girl from the Grand Hotel is right up my alley. I love French history, the Cote d’Azur, and old Hollywood, so what’s not to love about this delicious novel inspired by true events and set in one of the most beautiful, most romantic places in the world? Camille Aubray captures the era in vivid and memorable detail.” Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

A Barnes & Noble Favorite Indie Book
A Rap Sheet Pick for Spring
A Guest of a Guest Book Club Pick
A BookBub Editors' Pick of New Books
A Hasty Book List Pick  of the Week
A Booklist Queen Pick of the Month's Book Releases
A Historical Novel Society Pick of Forthcoming Historical Novels
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The #1 bestselling author of Cooking for Picasso and The Godmothers returns with The Girl from the Grand Hotel, a dazzling historical novel that brings readers into the glamorous world of the first (and doomed) Cannes Film Festival and the deadly atmosphere of Europe on the brink of war. 

Summer 1939. The glittering Côte d’Azur is having a particularly brilliant season, as the world’s wealthiest vacationers collide with Hollywood’s illustrious movie stars for the first-ever film festival on the French Riviera.

Into this hothouse playground comes an American named Annabel Faucon. Having left a dead-end job and a broken heart back in New York, she’s escaped to a summer stint at the fabulous Grand Hotel, where her uncle is the manager. But when a major movie studio brings its flock of stars to stay at the hotel, Annabel is handpicked to “keep an eye on” two of the mysterious arrivals: a screenwriter who’s been “in his cups” and a renegade actor who keeps luring the studio’s female star into his independent productions.

The arrival of Nazi guests only intensifies the situation. Suddenly everyone is watching everybody else during this feverish last summer before the outbreak of World War II. Faced with international spies who will stop at nothing to get what they want, Annabel finds herself embroiled in murder, intrigue, and a race against the clock to disrupt a secret Nazi communications system.

Inspired by true events and the histories of three great hotels on the Côte d’Azur—with appearances by such real-life luminaries as Marlene Dietrich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Cagney, and Mae West—The Girl from the Grand Hotel is a brilliant page-turner that is not to be missed.

Book discussion questions are available here: Click here to view or download

Praise

“The Girl from the Grand Hotel is right up my alley. I love French history, the Cote d’Azur, and old Hollywood, so what’s not to love about this delicious novel inspired by true events and set in one of the most beautiful, most romantic places in the world? Camille Aubray captures the era in vivid and memorable detail.” Kristin Hannah, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Huge congrats to Camille Aubray for a terrific read! The Girl from the Grand Hotel is a delicious romp through the South of France, filled with a cast of Hollywood legends and wrapped in a tense spy thriller. I loved her dead-on depictions of bold-faced names of the day, like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Charles Laughton, and was swept away by the fast-paced story and canny twists. An exhilarating ride!” Fiona Davis, New York Times bestselling author

“A group of deeply complex and beautifully written women…Aubray marries history, suspense, and womanhood in a story perfect for devouring.” Newsweek on The Godmothers

“Fun and surprising…Readers will be swept away.” Publishers Weekly

“With sparkling characters and a riveting plot, Aubray’s latest will appeal to fans of old Hollywood and historical fiction in general.” Booklist

“This is a great historically based novel that looks at the first Cannes film festival, has well-written characters, and a story you want to keep reading. Historical fiction readers will enjoy this one.” Red Carpet Crash

“Hollywood movie stars mingle with Nazi spies in a feverish atmosphere combined with a touching love story. An intense page-turner you won’t want to put down!” Jacques Pepin, celebrity chef and New York Times bestselling author of Cooking My Way

“A tasty blend of romance, mystery, and French cooking…Read on!” Margaret Atwood on Cooking for Picasso

“A delicious, atmospheric novel. You’ll be glad you’re along for the ride.” People magazine’s “People Picks the Best Books” on Cooking for Picasso

“Aubray portrays her strong characters as intelligent, brave, and even ruthless women. This is historical fiction at its best.” Booklist on The Godmothers

“Reminiscent of Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola…A fast-paced, drama-filled portrait of a family dynasty.” Kirkus Reviews on The Godmothers

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Language English
Release Day Apr 29, 2024
Release Date April 30, 2024
Release Date Machine 1714435200
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Women's Fiction, Genre Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Suspense, Historical Fiction, World Literature, War & Military, Historical, Coming Soon
Author Bio
Camille Aubray

Camille Aubray is the IndieBound bestselling author of Cooking for Picasso and The Godmothers. Her novels made the “best books” lists of People, Newsweek, BuzzFeed, Parade, the Boston Globe, Cosmopolitan, Fodor’s Travel, Veranda, the Indie Next List for Reading Groups, and Amazon’s Celebrity Picks. Aubray was an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship winner, a writer in residence at the Karolyi Foundation in the South of France, and a finalist at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and she has written television drama and documentary. To hear about her novels, recipes, and the locales that inspired her, visit her website at www.CamilleAubray.com.

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Overview

A Barnes & Noble Favorite Indie Book
A Rap Sheet Pick for Spring
A Guest of a Guest Book Club Pick
A BookBub Editors' Pick of New Books
A Hasty Book List Pick  of the Week
A Booklist Queen Pick of the Month's Book Releases
A Historical Novel Society Pick of Forthcoming Historical Novels
See All +

The #1 bestselling author of Cooking for Picasso and The Godmothers returns with The Girl from the Grand Hotel, a dazzling historical novel that brings readers into the glamorous world of the first (and doomed) Cannes Film Festival and the deadly atmosphere of Europe on the brink of war. 

Summer 1939. The glittering Côte d’Azur is having a particularly brilliant season, as the world’s wealthiest vacationers collide with Hollywood’s illustrious movie stars for the first-ever film festival on the French Riviera.

Into this hothouse playground comes an American named Annabel Faucon. Having left a dead-end job and a broken heart back in New York, she’s escaped to a summer stint at the fabulous Grand Hotel, where her uncle is the manager. But when a major movie studio brings its flock of stars to stay at the hotel, Annabel is handpicked to “keep an eye on” two of the mysterious arrivals: a screenwriter who’s been “in his cups” and a renegade actor who keeps luring the studio’s female star into his independent productions.

The arrival of Nazi guests only intensifies the situation. Suddenly everyone is watching everybody else during this feverish last summer before the outbreak of World War II. Faced with international spies who will stop at nothing to get what they want, Annabel finds herself embroiled in murder, intrigue, and a race against the clock to disrupt a secret Nazi communications system.

Inspired by true events and the histories of three great hotels on the Côte d’Azur—with appearances by such real-life luminaries as Marlene Dietrich, F. Scott Fitzgerald, James Cagney, and Mae West—The Girl from the Grand Hotel is a brilliant page-turner that is not to be missed.

Book discussion questions are available here: Click here to view or download