Book Recommendation: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict

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Book Recommendation: The Only Woman in the Room by Marie Benedict


The Only Woman in the Room (2019) tells the story of Hedy Kiesler, better known as Hedy Lamarr by The New York Times bestselling American author Marie Benedict. Dolores and I enjoyed this novel and recommend it for your reading list. Click on the links to learn more about the author and her books.

Marie Benedict’s “The Only Woman in the Room” is the remarkable story of an equally extraordinary woman. It is a made-up account of Hedy Lamarr, a screen siren that was better known for her beauty though she had made significant contributions to science. At the beginning of the novel, an aspiring actress in pre-World War II Austria has been forced to marry a disreputable arms dealer. As the trophy wife to one of the most powerful men in Austria, she was privy to many clandestine meetings and dinner parties between powerful members of the government. While most of her guests dismiss her as an airhead, what they do not realize is that she takes in more than they would have wanted to reveal. She finally decides to run away from her abusive marriage and leaves the country. Hedy goes to the US and lands in Los Angeles, where she makes her name as a famous actress though she is always guilty about the pain of the Austrian people during the Second World War. She believes that she could have done more to help them out before she fled to the United States. She uses the knowledge she had gathered when she was a trophy wife and makes a weapon, she hopes will help bring a quick end to the war.


Marie Benedict

Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator at two of the country's premier law firms, who found her calling unearthing the hidden historical stories of women. Her mission is to excavate from the past the most important, complex and fascinating women of history and bring them into the light of present-day where we can finally perceive the breadth of their contributions as well as the insights they bring to modern day issues. She embarked on a new, thematically connected series of historical novels with THE OTHER EINSTEIN, which tells the tale of Albert Einstein's first wife, a physicist herself, and the role she might have played in his theories. The next novel in this series is the USA Today bestselling CARNEGIE'S MAID -- which released in January of 2018 -- and the book that followed is the New York Times bestseller and Barnes & Noble Book Club Pick THE ONLY WOMAN IN THE ROOM, the story of the brilliant inventor Hedy Lamarr, which published in January of 2019. In January of 2020, LADY CLEMENTINE, the story of the incredible Clementine Churchill, was released, and became an international bestseller. Her next novel, the Instant NYTimes and USAToday bestselling THE MYSTERY OF MRS. CHRISTIE, was published on December 29, 2020, and her first co-written book, THE PERSONAL LIBRARIAN, with the talented Victoria Christopher Murray, will be released on June 1, 2021. Writing as Heather Terrell, Marie also published the historical novels The Chrysalis, The Map Thief, and Brigid of Kildare.


Books by Marie Benedict


Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Other Einstein (2016)            

Carnegie's Maid (2018)  

The Only Woman in the Room (2019)     

Lady Clementine (2020)

The Mystery Of Mrs. Christie (2021)        

The Personal Librarian (With: Victoria Christopher Murray) (2021)


Goodreads Review of The Only Woman in the Room

She was beautiful. She was a genius. Could the world handle both? A novel about Hedy Lamarr.

Hedy Kiesler is lucky. Her beauty leads to a starring role in a controversial film and marriage to a powerful Austrian arms dealer, allowing her to evade Nazi persecution despite her Jewish heritage. But Hedy is also intelligent. At lavish Vienna dinner parties, she overhears the Third Reich's plans. One night in 1937, desperate to escape her controlling husband and the rise of the Nazis, she disguises herself and flees her husband's castle.

She lands in Hollywood, where she becomes Hedy Lamarr, screen star. But Hedy is keeping a secret even more shocking than her Jewish heritage: she is a scientist. She has an idea that might help the country and that might ease her guilt for escaping alone—if anyone will listen to her.




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Comments (13)

Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... I've read Carnegie's Maid and loved it. So have a feeling I'll love this book, too!

Apr 15, 2021 03:51 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. You and Delores are reading machines. My list of your recommendations will soon be long enough to publish. Enjoy your next read.

Apr 15, 2021 05:39 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, sounds like a good book, but right now, no time to read.  Can barely keep up with all my buyers right now.

Apr 15, 2021 06:32 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Good morning Roy,

I knew these facts about Hedy Lamar.  I will add it to my list that keeps growing like a weed thanks to you.  A

Apr 15, 2021 07:40 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy,

YOu always give us great detail on your book reviews.  This sounds like an intriguing book and Marie Benedict is a very interesting author.

Apr 15, 2021 08:52 AM
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Oh fun. I have a feeling this would be an enjoyable read. Thank you for sharing.

Apr 15, 2021 09:30 AM
Mark Don McInnes, Sandpoint-Idaho
Sandpoint Realty LLC - Sandpoint, ID
North Idaho Real Estate - 208-255.6227

Thx Roy,  this sounds like a good read as well as a good author to follow.  Mark

Apr 15, 2021 01:58 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

"The Only Woman in the Room" sounds like an interesting biographical read about Hedy Lamarr, Roy.

Apr 15, 2021 06:43 PM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Roy,  Thanks for another great books recommendation.  This ones sounds very intriguing to me.  I may shoot this one up to the top of my list.

Apr 15, 2021 09:01 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Your feedback is always appreciated. Have an outstanding week.

Apr 19, 2021 04:51 AM