The Riviera House
A lush and engrossing novel of one woman’s quest to keep Nazis from stealing priceless art during WWII, perfect for fans of The Rose Code.
Paris, 1939: The Nazis think Éliane can't understand German. They’re wrong. They think she’s merely cataloging art in the Louvre and unaware they’re stealing national treasures for their private collections. They have no idea she’s carefully decoding their notes and smuggling information to the Resistance. But Éliane is playing a dangerous game. Does she dare trust the man she once loved with her secrets, or will he only betray her once again? She has no way to know for certain . . . until a trip to a stunning home on the French Riviera brings a whole new level of peril.
Present Day: Wanting to forget the tragedy that has left her life in shambles, Remy Lang heads to a home she’s mysteriously inherited on the Riviera. While working on her vintage fashion business, she discovers a catalog of the artworks stolen during World War II and is shocked to see a painting that hung on her childhood bedroom wall. Who is her family, really? And does the Riviera house hold more secrets than Remy is ready to face?
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Praise for The Riviera House
“The Riviera House is a poignant meditation on loss and the courage it takes to start over. A stark reminder of how the past influences the present, the novel kept me up at night, turning the pages faster and faster, in order to be with its heroine Remy as she solved the mystery of an enigmatic painting and learned what happened to the Résistants who risked their lives to help others.”—Janet Skeslien Charles, New York Times bestselling author of The Paris Library
"Beautifully written and intimately researched, The Riviera House weaves an intriguing and wonderfully imagined path between WW2 Paris and modern-day French Riviera. Lester handles the darker aspects of war sensitively, while effortlessly drawing the reader into a powerful tale of art, passion and secrets. Like the masterpieces she writes about, Lester adds rich layers and real depth to her characters, and fans of historical fiction and dual timeline novels will be mesmerised as connections are slowly revealed, building toward a heart wrenching finale. Magnifique!"—Hazel Gaynor, NYT bestselling author of When We Were Young & Brave
"In Hitler's war on civilization, a group of women and men risk everything to protect the art in their care, but it's not until decades later that the profound extent of their sacrifice is discovered. The Riviera House is a love letter to art in all its forms. With beautiful prose and immeasurable heart, Natasha Lester shows we must dare to love, in spite of fear, no matter the cost.”—Erika Robuck, national bestselling author of The Invisible Woman
"Suspense, intrigue and self-sacrifice are at the heart of this fascinating story about artwork stolen by the Nazis, based on real people and true events."—Ruth Druart, Sunday Times bestselling author of While Paris Slept
"Delectable and daring, The Riviera House takes readers from wartime Paris to the sun-soaked French Riviera and beyond, populating its world with fabulous fashion, unforgettable characters, vibrant masterpieces — and intrigue at every turn." —Bryn Turnbull, author of Woman Before Wallis
“A vivid, nuanced and deeply moving depiction of women’s courage in the face of unimaginable danger, sacrifice and loss. The Riviera House is a gripping story of a young woman who risks her life to record the Nazi’s pillage of fine artworks during World War II, and the repercussions of her actions down the years, as her legacy helps another woman in her greatest hour of need. A superlative work of historical fiction—Natasha Lester’s finest yet!"—Christine Wells, author of Sisters of the Resistance
“A gripping and heartbreaking tale sweeping from Nazi-occupied Paris to the sun-kissed coast of southern France, The Riviera House is a story that will stay with me for a long time.”—Posy Lovell, author of The Kew Gardens Girls
"Art lovers and fashionistas alike will be glued to this emotional page-turner about the women who safeguarded Paris’s treasures during the German occupation."
—Kaia Alderson, author of Sisters in Arms
"As you would expect from Natasha Lester, this is a meticulously researched novel with a perfectly woven dual timeline. The richly drawn characters will stay with me for a long time. The Riviera House is her best book yet."—Kathryn Hughes, the million-copy bestselling author of The Letter
"Will delight fans of Kate Morton or anyone in need of a gorgeously wrought ... tale of love, loss, courage, and compassion."—Booklist, starred review, on The Paris Secret
"Lester is a master storyteller. "—The Daily Telegraph on The Paris Secret
"Gripping from the first page, a compelling story of mystery and intrigue, and I couldn’t put it down."—Tania Blanchard, author of Letters from Berlin
"Lester’s story casts its spell."—Christian Science Monitor