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The Lost Girls of Paris [PDF / EPUB] The Lost Girls of Paris From the author of the runaway bestseller The Orphan s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II , ManhattanGra From the author of Girls of PDF/EPUB é the runaway bestseller The Orphan s Tale comes a remarkable story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II , ManhattanGrace Healey is rebuilding The Lost MOBI :ß her life after losing her husband during the war One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, she finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens Lost Girls of Epub Ý the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs each of a different woman In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the stationGrace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayalVividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war, and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances.

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  • Paperback
  • 384 pages
  • The Lost Girls of Paris
  • Pam Jenoff
  • English
  • 09 August 2019
  • 0778330273

About the Author: Pam Jenoff

Pam is the author Girls of PDF/EPUB é of several novels, including her most recent The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan s Tale, both instant New York Times bestsellers Pam was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia She attended The Lost MOBI :ß George Washington University in Washington, DC and Cambridge University in England Upon receiving her master s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army The position provided a unique opportunity Lost Girls of Epub Ý to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and CorregidorFollowing her work at the Pentagon, Jenoff moved to the State Department In she was assigned to the US Consulate in Krakow, Poland It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish Jewish relations and the Holocaust Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Jenoff developed close relations with the surviving Jewish communityHaving left the Foreign Service in to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenoff practiced law at a large firm and in house for several years She now teaches law school at Rutgers.



10 thoughts on “The Lost Girls of Paris

  1. says:

    And now go set Europe ablaze Winston Churchill to Hugh Dalton, first director of the Special Operations ExecutiveIt has been awhile since I read a book with a wider gap between idea and execution The concept of Pam Jenoff s The Lost Girls of Paris is excellent a World War II thriller based on the missions of the real life women of the Special Operations Executive Unfortunately, this great idea is squandered in a book of such mediocrity I hesitate to say anything further But I will, with And now go set Europe ablaze Winston Churchill to Hugh Dalton, first director of the Special Operations ExecutiveIt has been awhile since I read a book with a wider gap between idea and execution The concept of Pam Jenoff s The Lost Girls of Paris is excellent a World War II thriller based on the missions of the real life women of the Special Operations Executive Unfortunately, this great idea is squandered in a book of such mediocrity I hesitate to say anything further But I will, with regrets The Lost Girls of Paris is focused on three women operating in two different timelines, a needless convolution that insistently strips what little drama emerges organically from the narrative These three women are characters in only the loosest sense of the word They all have names, and each are given exactly two attributes, with one of those attributes the fact that they have two X chromosomes Eleanor is in charge of the female operatives, and aside from being a woman, she is outspoken Maria is one of her agents, and her secondary attribute is and there is really no other word for it stupidity Eleanor and Maria share the same timeline, operating mostly in 1944, in the weeks leading up to the D Day landings in Normandy Grace exists in 1946 Her secondary attribute is widow, a circumstance that defines her Things begin with Grace in postwar New York City She is on her way to work and is very flustered because she has just slept with her dead husband s best friend In fact, she cannot get the delicious but wrong smell of Mark s aftershave out of her head Typically, when I read a line like that, on literally the second page of the book, I quit reading I probably should have followed that instinct.Anyway, Grace wanders into Grand Central Station and sees an abandoned suitcase For inexplicable reasons, she opens up the suitcase and finds some pictures of women in uniform For inexplicable reasons, she takes those pictures For further inexplicable reasons, she embarks on a crusade to find out who those women are The ridiculous absence of motivation for any of these actions is a hallmark of The Lost Girls of Paris Grace has no good reason for doing any of the things that she does her actions are dictated by plot mechanics, which is too bad, because Grace s plot is entirely needless More than that, it is a lame distraction Eleanor and Marie are in London and Occupied France respectively, in a life and death situation That is drama or at least it would be, in a better book Grace is in postwar New York, getting the vapors every time she thinks about Mark That is boring This is not to say that the chapters concerning Eleanor and Marie are any better the book is split into viewpoint chapters shared between the three women , because they certainly are not They share the same slapdash plotting and reason free decision making that mar our time with Grace.The problem is the central conceit that Eleanor would be put in charge of secret agents, and that Marie would be allowed to be one of those agents.None of it makes sense Eleanor recruits Marie to be an agent Why Good question Apparently she speaks excellent French Beyond that, she is nothingthan a vessel of impulsive and bizarre decisions To paraphrase the movie Home Alone, Marie is what the French call les incompet nts. At almost every inflection point in the novel she does something so baffling that it utterly destroys any sympathy you might have for her For example view spoiler While in Occupied Europe, with the Nazis closing in, she is supposed to destroy her radio and leave her safe house Instead, she does not destroy her radio Then she leaves the safe house, with the radio in it And just to make sure that we have no lingering doubts about her complete lack of instinct, she returns to the safe house You will not be surprised how that bit of inspired genius turns out hide spoiler It is hard to know who to blame Eleanor, for her lack of perception Marie, for her inability to ever be right, even by accident Me, for expecting some internal logic that is not at odds with an ordinary understanding of the universe.Of course, it would be unfair to make Marie carry the entire burden of unfathomable judgment Indeed, she apparently exists in a world in which common sense and reason have been banished At one point, Eleanor becomes frustrated with Marie during training, because Marie is terrible at being a secret agent In a fit of temper, Eleanor destroys Marie s radio, and then orders her to put it back together Subsequently, despite Marie s total lack of fitness for the job, Eleanor taps her for insertion into Occupied France What s , she sends Marie to France with the exact same radio she destroyed, and forced Marie to put back togetherThis has repercussions Jenoff has an extensive and laudable resume, including a master s in history from Cambridge, a juris doctorate, and experience working with the State Department Yet, in spite of this, nothing in The Lost Girls of Paris feels the least bit realistic or authentic.For example, even though the SOE operates in the shadows, in putative confidentiality, no one knows the first thing about secrecy which is not to tell everyone everything the first time you are asked When Marie gets to training, she starts asking questions A woman named Josie tells her to stop, since their mission is classified It s good advice However, after a couple seconds have elapsed, Josie immediately answers all of Marie s questions The same thing happens with Eleanor, who tells Marie to stay in her lane, and then proceeds to fill her head with operational intelligence When Marie gets to France, she meets with her circuit led by a man who does not speak French , and again, is told everything about the operation This is nuts, and not how intelligence operations actually work You don t allow a person to marinate in secrets, and then put them in a position where they can be captured and tortured This basic field craft is ignored by everyone Marie s purpose in going to France is to bomb a nameless bridge for vague reasons This should have been the narrative focus, since this is supposed to be a thriller and as tired as it is, I m always up for the old we gotta bomb a bridge mission Unfortunately, it is treated as an afterthought Almost immediately, Marie is sidetracked by a man Frankly, I found this insulting, and part of a larger problem with The Lost Girls of Paris You have three major female characters, and two thirds of them can t think straight in the presence of a male When Marie meets Julian, the non French speaking leader of a French based circuit of saboteurs, she immediately reverts to a twelve year old Her literal thoughts Some might call Julian good looking, including herself, if she hadn t disliked him from the start Like any good romantic comedy, Marie instantly gets over her dislike Julian made her sleep in a shed, which is apparently a privation that Eleanor s training failed to prepare her for and falls instantly, implausibly in love with him There is no reason for these feelings, as the two do not share any chemistry or exchange any meaningful thoughts or words Nevertheless, Marie is entirely ready to betray her mission, her country, and her comrades for this puddle shallow relationship Her lack of agency in this regard is astounding Apparently, she can t be in Occupied France five minutes before getting knock kneed over the first cute boy she meets It would have been nice to have one female character who was brave, clever, and goal oriented Instead, in a book full of women who are caricatured as impulsive, shortsighted, and lacking in accountability, Marie stands out The portrait Jenoff paints is disappointing The Lost Girls of Paris is filled with leaden dialogue, tired clich s, and sloppy writing Several examples stood out, and I made note of them, but I feel like I m already a step past belaboring my point However, I would be remiss if I did not offer this view spoiler A character is shot in the head with a bullet fired with deadly accuracy Despite having a bullet in the head fired with deadly accuracy, remember , this character is able to say I love you We should have been together This combination of sub soapy dialogue with an absence of any realization of what a well fired bullet actually does to the human skull, is so bad as to be almost parodic hide spoiler I never pick up a book expecting it to be bad except when I occasionally hate read Norman Mailer This was no exception I picked it up with high hopes Whenever I dislike something this intensely, I try to ask myself Am I the problemThere are times when, yes, I can admit I am probably not the target audience Here, though, we are dealing with a historical thriller set during one of my favorite time periods More than that, I think it s a fantastic idea to find different voices in this case women to tell well worn stories Yet, this did not work Indeed, it has left me searching for something nice to say Recently, my wife and I been looking for a new house During one visit, our realtor who dabbles in house flipping kept excusing the various cosmetic deficiencies by assuring us that the house has good bones The Lost Girls of Paris has good bones It is based on a really good idea, one that is bursting with possibilities Moreover, it shines a light on a mostly forgotten sacrifice by a small group of women, a sacrifice that gets lost in general histories of World War II There really were women who gave the last full measure for a cause in which they believed For instance, Noor Inayat Khan upon whom Josie seems based was captured and executed at Dachau with a bullet to the back of her head, her last word reportedly LibertUnfortunately, this novel does no credit to the women of the SOE About the only thing I got out of it was a desire to knowof the actual history, and a hope that someday better use will be made of this material

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    I wish I had a better experience with andpositive things to say about this book I went in worried about it being another Girl in the title book or just another entry in the oversaturated Girl living through WWII genre While it was definitely both of these things, it was neither of those that led to this being a frustrating read.The book was way too cheesy If a book is supposed to be fun, silly, or light hearted, cheesiness is a thing to be celebrated and embraced This book was supp I wish I had a better experience with andpositive things to say about this book I went in worried about it being another Girl in the title book or just another entry in the oversaturated Girl living through WWII genre While it was definitely both of these things, it was neither of those that led to this being a frustrating read.The book was way too cheesy If a book is supposed to be fun, silly, or light hearted, cheesiness is a thing to be celebrated and embraced This book was supposed to be a dark, WWII era mystery so I was not expecting dialogue leading to eye rolling or scenarios causing me to audibly groan I feel like the biggest offender in this case was bizarre insta love While the following is not exactly what happened, it would be like the main character was getting shot at, some random guy shows up to save her, and then the next page they are kissing and have declared their undying devotion to each other The book was way too convenient Oh, silly me, I accidently tripped over something What is it Oh look, a major plot point Goodness, I just parachuted into Europe and need to be careful of who I meet out here in the middle of nowhere Why hello there, who are you The exact person in all of Europe I need to find Excellent There are a few other scenarios like this and, I know in fiction there sometimes have to be convenient turns of events to keep the plot moving But, in this case, the conveniences started as a snowball at the top of the mountain and quickly became an avalanche The book had way too many giant plot jumps One of the best parts of many stories is meeting the characters and watch them develop Or, you learn of a key goal in the story and you watch as everything progresses to a climax Several times in this book, we met a person as a rookie and at the beginning of the next chapter, they were the MVP Another time, you learn what the main characters are attempting to do and it sounds very complicated and like it will involve a lot of planning and organizing moving parts Next thing you know, it is done This is another case where at times you may need to move events along by making a jump, but I just kept feeling like giant chunks of story were missing I seriously several times looked back through what I had read to see if I had missed something I liked the story okay, but in the realm of WWII fiction it is not in the upper echelons Maybe you will enjoy itthan I did and can look past the issues I mentioned above But, for me, it is a bit of a dud.Many thanks to Park Row for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review I am sorry that this honest review could not have been a better one in support of the book

  3. says:

    4.5 stars This is a historical fiction novel about women working with the SOE as spies during the World War II The setting takes place in France and is inspired by true events There are girls who are recruited and trained One of the girls who are recruited is Marie, who is a single Mom.Eleanor Trigg is the leader of a ring of female secret agents who are deployed out of London during the war There were twelve woman that were sent to Occupied Europe as radio operators and couriers to aid the 4.5 stars This is a historical fiction novel about women working with the SOE as spies during the World War II The setting takes place in France and is inspired by true events There are girls who are recruited and trained One of the girls who are recruited is Marie, who is a single Mom.Eleanor Trigg is the leader of a ring of female secret agents who are deployed out of London during the war There were twelve woman that were sent to Occupied Europe as radio operators and couriers to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery Grace Healey had lost her husband during the war She finds a suitcase that was abandoned, hidden beneath a bench She decides to open it and she finds lots of photographs of different woman She decides to take the photographs with her Grace then discovers that the suitcase belongs to Eleanor Trigg Grace then is drawn to Marie, a young single mother, turned agent whose very brave and courageous mission overseas, reveals a remarkable story of friendship and betrayal I loved this book Usually books of World War II are so graphic and dark and it was nice to have a change, since this one wasnt that way at all I am enjoying the historical fiction genreandbecause they usually are inspired by true events We need books like this so that are history will be remembered and not forgotten It is so great to read a book that gives you knowledge I felt that I was back in the 1940 s with all of these characters The author did a great job in the development of the characters and I loved the dynamics My favorite character was Marie She was so daring, brave and courageous This book was also so beautifully written.I am looking forward to reading her book, The Orphan s Tale and have it on hold on Overdrive.This was a Traveling Sister read and I always love reading with them because it always is a great and fun discussion I want to thank Edelweiss, Park Row Harlequin and the author for the copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Available Now

  4. says:

    4.5 stars Another outstanding novel by Pam Jenoff This fascinating and unforgettable story, inspired by true events, revolves around a handpicked group of British female spies sent to France by a top secret government division during WWII Weeks of rigorous training aim to prepare these young women to venture into unknown territory, planting themselves as everyday French citizens, intending to smoothly transition into society Putting their lives largely at risk, they plan to connect with the l 4.5 stars Another outstanding novel by Pam Jenoff This fascinating and unforgettable story, inspired by true events, revolves around a handpicked group of British female spies sent to France by a top secret government division during WWII Weeks of rigorous training aim to prepare these young women to venture into unknown territory, planting themselves as everyday French citizens, intending to smoothly transition into society Putting their lives largely at risk, they plan to connect with the local resistance members, send back critical information and complete various goals of sabotage This book was exceptional Extremely engrossing storyline Beautiful and brilliant writing Endearing and unforgettable characters Smooth and seamlines timeline transitions Suspense surrounding every chapter The presentation, pace and flow of the story was perfection It is a deeply affecting novel that explores a shocking and largely unknown piece of wartime history, bringing to light the immense bravery and determination these women had in being able to step up and immerse themselves in this opportunity As always, the fact that this was based on true events made the book evenpowerful for me If you enjoy historical fiction, you do not want to miss this My one tiny critique was that I could have done without the romance This was a Traveling Sister read To find this review, please visit our blog at you to Edelweiss, Park Row Books and Pam Jenoff for providing me with an ARC to read and review Expected date of publication February 5, 2019

  5. says:

    4.5 stars I wasn t planning on reading this book I had previously read two books by Pam Jenoff, and while I thought they were important books on the Holocaust, I just didn t connect with the characters I was offered an advanced digital copy by the publisher but didn t immediately accept it Then a lovely Goodreads friend sent me a paper version of the advanced copy Then I saw some rave reviews by some of my trusted Goodreads friends Those were enough things to convince me to read it and I m 4.5 stars I wasn t planning on reading this book I had previously read two books by Pam Jenoff, and while I thought they were important books on the Holocaust, I just didn t connect with the characters I was offered an advanced digital copy by the publisher but didn t immediately accept it Then a lovely Goodreads friend sent me a paper version of the advanced copy Then I saw some rave reviews by some of my trusted Goodreads friends Those were enough things to convince me to read it and I m really very glad I did If I hadn t read it I would have missed learning about such admirable women, courageous women who played an active and important role during WWII I found this to be a fast paced, tension filled story that had me hooked enough to read it in two days because I came to care about the characters.The focus of the story is on three women, spanning from England to France to the US from 1943 to 1946 Grace Healey, finds a suitcase in Grand Central Station that leads her on a search to find out about the women whose pictures she has taken from the suitcase Eleanor Trigg works for the Special Operations Executive in England and her job is to run the top secret program placing women in France as radio operators, but who actually play a variety of roles to sabotage the Nazis Marie Roux is one of the women recruited by Eleanor, selected because of her perfect French There were other women, too, most notably Josie who befriends Marie on her first day of the arduous training There are lesser characters, one of whom I fell in love with , the little boy Sammy, a Jewish refugee who comes to Grace s attorney boss because he needs a place to live To sayabout the plot would be giving the story away, so I ll just say that it was harrowing and poignant It was about brave characters who wonderfully represent the real brave women who took on these dangerous missions It was about friendship and about women realizing their worth and strength in these endeavors, previously reserved for men There have been a number of books over the last few years about women who played a role in WWII, the unsung heroes who acted as spies, decoders, mathematicians and in the case of this book, their mission was sabotage against Hitler and the Nazis Pam Jenoff is among the writers deserving of praise for bringing to our attention the bravery and the contributions of the women of the SOE While Jenoff makes a point of telling us in an ending note, that this story was inspired by some real people and events, this is a work of fiction She made it feel very realistic, created characters who could easily have been the brave women of the SOE I received an advanced copy of this book from Park Row Harlequin through NetGalley

  6. says:

    Vivid Inspirational Moving The Lost Girls of Paris drew me in from the very beginning and it never let go This is a compulsively readable story Following three perspectives, this Adult Historical Fiction novel weaves together a beautifully intricate story of a group of women working inside special ops during WWII.The reader learns of the development of the Special Operations Executive SOE Women s Unit and follows along with the founder and head of that unit, Eleanor, as well as with one of Vivid Inspirational Moving The Lost Girls of Paris drew me in from the very beginning and it never let go This is a compulsively readable story Following three perspectives, this Adult Historical Fiction novel weaves together a beautifully intricate story of a group of women working inside special ops during WWII.The reader learns of the development of the Special Operations Executive SOE Women s Unit and follows along with the founder and head of that unit, Eleanor, as well as with one of the women recruited to go undercover in Paris, Marie The third, loosely connected perspective, Grace, is a young woman living in NYC in 1946 After a night she would just as soon forget, Grace discovers an abandoned suitcase in Grand Central Station thus linking her story to the others Unable to quash her curiosity, she opens the case and discovers photographs of young women She becomes obsessed with finding out their story and why their photos ended up abandoned at Grand Central.She begins to investigate the mystery of the suitcase and discovers so muchthan she could have ever anticipated.Loosely based on true events, this story brings history to life Although this is fiction, it made me think about and appreciate the real women who actually went through this type of situation and sacrificed so much for their country and what they believed was right Despite the fact that this is a heartbreaking story, it is also an inspirational story and I hope other people draw from it what I did.Jenoff did a fantastic job telling this story and I think, again, although the women in this story are fictional, she did a great service to the ACTUAL women of the SOE, and their memory, by bringing their existence into the light I hope they turn this into a film I think it could translate to that medium really well and would help to bring this story to the attention of a wider audience.Thank you so much to the publisher, Park Row Books, for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review I appreciate the opportunity and am absolutely in love with this book I can t wait forreaders to get their hands on it so we can discuss

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    Historical novel that tells the story of fierce women who served as British secret agents during WWII This is a story about friendship, love, and tenacity The plot is intriguing British women are recruited to assist the military during WWII They are trained to serve on the ground as operatives in France Not only was this an extremely dangerous and risky mission, but it also is one that was filled with betrayal The reader experiences the plan to recruit and train the women through Eleanor T Historical novel that tells the story of fierce women who served as British secret agents during WWII This is a story about friendship, love, and tenacity The plot is intriguing British women are recruited to assist the military during WWII They are trained to serve on the ground as operatives in France Not only was this an extremely dangerous and risky mission, but it also is one that was filled with betrayal The reader experiences the plan to recruit and train the women through Eleanor Trigg s character the woman responsible for thinking up the idea to bring women into the operation Through Marie s character, we learn of the danger and excitement of serving as an agent With Grace, the reader comes to discover not only what happened to the women who served, but also what led to their downfall Inspired by true events, The Lost Girls of Paris made me want to learnabout the women who served in the SOE, especially those who lost their lives for their country Marie s story was most intriguing Being on the ground with her character helped me get a sense of the fear and sacrifice of being an operative Oftentimes when reading historical fiction, I find myself shaking my head at elements that feel contrived Thankfully, I didn t experience any moments like this while reading The Lost Girls of ParisIt is clear that Jenoff did her research and her attention to detail captures another time The Lost Girls of Paris has a good amount of tension and suspense It is fast paced and easy to read However, some moments are hard to witness, especially closer to the end.While I was most interested in Marie s story, Eleanor s and Grace s chapters held my attention for the most part but I was always anxious to return to Marie s character Overall, I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy historical fiction and WWII novels Thank you to Kim at Park Row Books for providing me with an ARC of The Lost Girls of Paris

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    NOW AVAILABLE I read a lot of historical fiction and I had read The Orphans Tale by Pam Jenoff and really enjoyed it I most recently read The Light Over London by Julia Kelly which was about the Brtitish gunner girls who worked atop London s rooftops calculating the firing of anti aircraft guns This novel drew me in from the beginning, it was a quick, satisfying read with characters that I could root for The story starts in 1946 Manhattan when a young woman, Grace, comes across a NOW AVAILABLE I read a lot of historical fiction and I had read The Orphans Tale by Pam Jenoff and really enjoyed it I most recently read The Light Over London by Julia Kelly which was about the Brtitish gunner girls who worked atop London s rooftops calculating the firing of anti aircraft guns This novel drew me in from the beginning, it was a quick, satisfying read with characters that I could root for The story starts in 1946 Manhattan when a young woman, Grace, comes across a suitcase in Grand Central Station She is running late for work but looking inside the suitcase she sees the photographs of 12 young women with their names on the back and on a whim takes them with her When she returns the next day for the suitcase, it is gone She decides to try and learn who these women are and their fate She is a recent widow, her husband killed while in training for the Army, the war is still a very real part of her life, even though it is officially over Eleanor Tripp was working closely as a secretary for the Secret Operations Unit SOE an agency in London which was created to sabotage German efforts in France, all presumably for the invasion of Normandy within a few months Eleanor convinces the Director that women would be the most useful as they could blend in with French women, particularly if they spoke French fluently Soon a plan was formulated to train the women that were hand picked for this job, they were dropped into France, expected to find a safe house and transmit information back and forth from London to their locations within France, they were extensively trained in radio transmissions Ms Tripp was in charge of the entire women s corp of volunteers and cared deeply about the girls Marie is one of the group of women dropped into French territory, alone, with little to go on besides her instincts and a map She makes it to a safe house with the help of the leader of the entire operation in France, known as Vesper his real name is Julian Marie begins her work of transmitting messages until she starts noticing messages that seem inconsistent and incorrect to her Within weeks she will find out the reason Julian and his cousin Will tell her that there is something very wrong about the operation, someone has betrayed them, but who Is it one of the girls, someone back in London Marie is told to get out of France, but her pilot, Will, never shows up for the planned extraction.The story is told from the POV of Eleanor, Grace and Marie and they are all equally interesting TheI read, theI enjoyed the book I don t want to reveal anyof the plot for fear of spoilers but it was definitely a great story The author s note doesn t tell us how much of the book is based on fact, perhaps that will come out when the book is published in January 2019 I found a lot of interesting information on the following website, if you care to explorethink most fans of historical fiction will enjoy this book with yet another example of how much women contributed to the war effort.I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley

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    4.5 starsNow this is what historical fiction is meant to be A wonderful story that draws you in quickly and completely while teaching you about something you knew nothing about As is typically the case, this one is told through two storylines Right after WWII, Grace finds an abandoned suitcase in Grand Central which contains the photos of a dozen young women The women turn out to be agents of SOE, couriers and saboteurs sent behind enemy lines into France It turns out the suitcase belonged 4.5 starsNow this is what historical fiction is meant to be A wonderful story that draws you in quickly and completely while teaching you about something you knew nothing about As is typically the case, this one is told through two storylines Right after WWII, Grace finds an abandoned suitcase in Grand Central which contains the photos of a dozen young women The women turn out to be agents of SOE, couriers and saboteurs sent behind enemy lines into France It turns out the suitcase belonged to Eleanor Trigg, the woman who ran the operation and was killed in a car accident that morning outside the station The second story details what happened with those women during 1944 They are part of the prep team ahead of the Normandy invasion So often, with dual storylines, I feel myself drawn to one muchthan the other But not here There is a good amount of suspense to both and I was equally invested in the characters of both stories We know from the book s blurb that these women never make it home, but how did things end for them and who was to blame That s what first Eleanor and then Grace seeks to discover The book is not without its flaws It would have been better for chapters to include months in addition to years tofirmly cement the time period One scene near the end of the book was definitely unbelievable I would have also appreciated an author s note telling me how much of the book and which characters were based on real people and events But I read an advance copy, so maybe this has been rectified in the actual book My thanks to Park Row Books for an advance copy of this novel

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    4.5 stars.C est magnifique In 1946, shortly after World War II ended, Grace Healey is living in New York, fleeing for an anonymous life in the city after the tragic death of her husband One morning on her way to work she takes a detour through Grand Central Station, where she trips over a suitcase hidden beneath a bench.She can t resist opening the suitcase, and when she finds a group of photographs, each of a different woman, she can t seem to explain why she has this powerful need to keep th 4.5 stars.C est magnifique In 1946, shortly after World War II ended, Grace Healey is living in New York, fleeing for an anonymous life in the city after the tragic death of her husband One morning on her way to work she takes a detour through Grand Central Station, where she trips over a suitcase hidden beneath a bench.She can t resist opening the suitcase, and when she finds a group of photographs, each of a different woman, she can t seem to explain why she has this powerful need to keep them Grace soon finds out that the suitcase belonged to Eleanor Trigg, a British woman who ran operations for a group of female spies during the war These women were deployed throughout Europe, given missions as radio operators, couriers, and other necessary positions to help defeat the Nazis Twelve of these women the women in the photographs Grace found never returned home This motivates Grace to try and figure out what happened to them, and what Eleanor Trigg was looking for in New York City.Grace s quest to uncover the truth is juxtaposed with the story of two other women We follow Eleanor as she is tapped to create this program that brought women into the war as special agents, then tries to understand what is going wrong as her agents are being captured and messages are being compromised, and then, after the war, she, too, wants to understand what happened to the women under her supervision The book also follows Marie Roux, one of Eleanor s special agents, a young mother who wasn t really sure she was cut out for this type of mission, yet found her bravery and strength just when she needed it most The Lost Girls of Paris is inspired by true events It really does a great job putting a human face on those courageous people, particularly young women, who risked everything to help defeat those seeking to destroy the world.I am not one who typically reads historical fiction in fact, I think I ve read one other work of historical fiction this year But when I was offered a chance to read a pre publication copy of The Lost Girls of Paris , something about the book intrigued me I thought it was an excellent book, full of rich characters, suspense, emotion, and historical details, all of which made it a tremendously fast read I read the entire book in one miserably rainy day I m new to Pam Jenoff s books, but I was really impressed with her storytelling ability and the evocative imagery she used I felt the different conditions Marie found herself in, I heard the noises of the city as Grace encountered the suitcase at Grand Central Station The book took a little bit to build up momentum, but it really hooked me, as I hoped I d get answers to all of the questions the characters raised.If you re not a fan of historical fiction, don t be dissuaded from reading The Lost Girls of Paris It s an excellent novel, a great character study, and even has some suspense, as you wonder how everything will be resolved If you are a fan of this genre, you probably already want to read it And if not, you should Park Row Books provided me an advance copy of the book in exchange for an unbiased review Thanks for making this available See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com

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