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The Ambassador's Daughter [Kindle Edition]

Pam Jenoff
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Paris, 1919

The nation’s leaders have gathered to rebuild the world from the ashes of The Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbours dark secrets and dangerous liaisons Brought to the peace conference by her German Diplomat father, Margot resents being trapped in Paris where she is still looked upon as the enemy.

Yet returning to Berlin means a life with the wounded fiancé she barely knows. Torn between duty and the desire to be free, Margot strikes up unlikely alliances: with Krysia, a musician who protects a secret; and with Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who makes Margot question 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.


‘Wonderfully written and utterly compelling, this is a must-read’ – The Sun

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sensitively written and gripping....this is a thought-provoking and surprising story with a fascinating historical backgrop Take a Break

A beautifully wrought coming-of-age story about a young woman deciding her destiny in a world that is redefining itselfCornflower Books Blog

A gripping first novel. on The Kommandants Girl

An insightful portrait of people forced into an untenable situation Booklist on The Kommandants Girl

A breathtaking debut...This is historical romance at its finest. Publishers Weekly starred Review on The Kommandants Girl

Fast paced and full of plenty of twists. --The American on The Diplomats Wife

About the Author

Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including the international bestseller The Kommandants Girl and The Diplomats Wife.
Pam has a bachelor degree in International Affairs from George Washington University and Masters degree in History from Cambridge University. She has served as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department in Europe, as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3630 KB
  • Print Length: 330 pages
  • Publisher: MIRA (20 Dec. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,733 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Pam Jenoff is the internationally bestselling author of Kommandant's Girl, The Diplomat's Wife, The Officer's Lover and A Hidden Affair. She received her Bachelor's Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University, her Masters Degree in History from Cambridge University and her Juris Doctor Degree in Law from the University of Pennsylvania.

Pam served as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army and as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department. She presently teaches on the legal writing faculty at Rutgers School of Law.

Pam lives near Philadelphia with her husband and children. She would love to skype with your book club!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By Megan ReadingInTheSunshine TOP 100 REVIEWER
I was very much looking forward to starting The Ambassador's Daughter as soon as it came through my letterbox. The cover especially is BEAUTIFUL! It is very eye-catching and the scene that was pictured immediately had me intrigued about the plot line and keen to discover more!

I really enjoyed this story! It captivated me from the beginning and I was hooked! I found it very difficult to put the book down, even for things such as a cooking, and my mind constantly strayed back to the story and what was happening.

One thing I particularly enjoyed about The Ambassador's daughter was the time period that it was set in. Usually there are a lot of books set during the war, but I liked that this one was set after World War One during the peace negotiations. Another thing that interested me was that Pam Jenoff cast Margot as the daughter of a German Ambassador, and so as a reader we were able to see how Margot and her father were perceived after the war, and see the world from their points of view, as well as their thoughts and feelings in regards to the war and everything around them.

Pam Jenoff excelled in creating very-well written and carefully thought out characters. I warmed to Margot straight away, as a girl trying to find her place in a constantly changing world with an uncertain future ahead of her. I felt very protective over her as a character in the beginning, and Margot especially kept me reading as I was desperate to follow her on her journey, throughout the challenges she faced, and into her future. I liked how the romance was written. Margot and Georg had a very strong connection, and I enjoyed the way that they were with each other.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disjointed, and carelessly put together 27 Nov. 2012
By Roman Clodia TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Set against the background of the Versailles peace conference in 1919, this seems to have aspirations beyond `romance' but generally fails to rise beyond the genre. The plot shoots off in multiple directions bringing in Margot's romance, her relationship with her wounded fiancé, her involvement with anarchists, socialists and communists, her embroilment in political espionage - none of which is treated with much depth or realism.

I found the tone, language and background of the book irritating as the author doesn't bother to make her characters think or talk as people would in 1919: everyone says `gotten' (when will US authors wake up to the fact that we just don't say that in Europe?); Margot is given a present for her `sweet sixteen'; a pre-war dance in Germany is depicted like a high-school prom; and Margot `has feelings for' a man.

Beyond the historical howlers, the story feels quite disjointed and a bit incoherent, and sudden `twists' are thrown in as if the author has just suddenly come up with them because they're convenient for the plot.

This isn't completely terrible (hence the 3 stars) but it feels careless and thrown together in a rushed and slipshod manner. Frankly, I expected more from an author with a master's in History - disappointing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to her previous novels! 11 May 2013
By jojo
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read all Pam Jenoff's previous books and when I saw this one advertised I had to buy it! However, I have found it is not up to her usual standard of writing and got rather bored with it - needless to say, I abandoned it having much better books to read.
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We meet Margot Rosenthal and her father in London, and follow them to Paris in 1919, where her academic Papa Professor Rosenthal is assisting in an advisory capacity as a diplomat with the conference where the world's leaders have come together to try and move forwards after World War I. The bulk of the story is set in Paris and Versailles, and the final part is set back in Berlin, where Margot's Jewish family is from.

It is her days in Paris that will change Margot's life and her view of the world. There she meets Krysia, an enigmatic pianist who Margot is drawn to, feeling lonely and seeking friendship in this unfamiliar city where she is still regarded by many as the enemy. She also meets Captain Georg Richwalder, a handsome young naval officer who served in the war and is now working with the German delegation at the conference. There is an immediate and strong mutual attraction between Margot and Georg, but Margot holds back, feeling guilty that back home, her wounded fiancé Stefan is waiting for her. She is torn between her duty and commitment to him, made in haste pre-war, and the newfound, more passionate emotions she feels for Georg. She spends many hours working with him, assisting with translating some key documents.

Through the changes in Georg, as observed by Margot, Pam Jenoff writes perceptively of how innocent young men were irrevocably changed by their experiences in the war:

'"I was studying at university when the war broke out." His eyes have a faraway look and his voice sounds like mine when I speak of travel. I see him then as a boy, wide-eyed and bright with a future in front of him. He is so broken now, like so many others. I am seized by the urge to take him into my arms. Can he be healed or is he too far gone?
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