The Lost Girls of Paris

The Lost Girls of Paris

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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 secret agents during World War II. 1946, Manhattan, one morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey finds an abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens 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 station. Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network 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 betrayal.Vividly 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.
Publisher: Toronto : Park Row Books, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780778330271
9780778308614
Characteristics: 377 pages ;,24 cm.

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I am a fan of Pam! and this is another book that is thought provoking and that you get invested in the characters in the story. I did think there was a bit of "intsa-love" but in this case it works. I heard stories that WII was just a different time that if we were not there we would't understand. For me , I except that! Pam Jenoff did not let me down again!

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sunnyfeline
Oct 30, 2020

I agree with some of the reviews about the characters not having depth for us to get a better understanding of who they are--why did they sign up for such a dangerous assignment? What makes them happy, laugh, cry, etc.? Some characters did provide depth but the rest didn't. I really liked the WW2 story plot but this book didn't have the special spark like what some of her other work has such as "The Orphan Train". Still worth reading but just don't have too high expectations for this one.

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grammycarol49
Aug 13, 2020

A WWll story of women who went above and beyond the call of duty to help their country and the war effort against Germany and were betrayed. And the story of a woman who wanted to help make things right for them. I want to read more by this author.

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Zoelexi777
Aug 08, 2020

Great story about ordinary women who played an important role during WWII. If you enjoy historical fiction you will really enjoy this book.

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Jenkskitten
Jul 28, 2020

Two stories in one that intertwine. One tells of the women who worked with the French resistance. Actually girls, with no military status, no protection from their country and no benefits to their families who turned up missing. The other happens after the war, is an accident that set another young woman wondering just who are these women, what really happened to them and why. Hard to put down after the scene is set as you are sucked into their lives. This is a page turner story.

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tallboot
Jul 25, 2020

Was disappointed with the author's telling of the story. She could have gone into more detail on the atrocities on this period in history for her characters. Instead, the author glossed over most of it and made it into more of a quasi-love story.

0Charlie Jul 14, 2020

This is a unique story, based on fact, from World War II. It is the story of British civilians recruited by Special Operations Executive, a department created to cause havoc through sabotage and subversion, basically to divert and confuse the enemy while greater events are transpiring. The unique part is that these civilians are women - chosen to infiltrate French society and work as agents, couriers, radio operators. I enjoyed the slow revealing of the stories as Grace, in postwar New York, finds photos that cause her to investigate this story from the war. The characters are fleshed out enough to make them interesting - families, lovers, jobs - but it is the cool situation of having these young women fight for their country, in a very special and secret way. Enjoyable.

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bthek
Apr 28, 2020

I found this implausible to say the least. For a historical understanding start with Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson. A much better and more interesting book, even though is it non-fiction.

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amm3607
Apr 27, 2020

Highly recommend! History, mystery, and women's empowerment.

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sandramerlo
Apr 04, 2020

The premise of the story is plausible and fascinating. Unlike The Orphan's Tale, however, the characters are never fully developed. At no time did I feel any real insight into the women who were based on real characters. Perhaps one problem is that the author had never been in a life-threatening situation herself and could not describe the true reactions of the women's bodies. And to let them make stupid decisions, ones they were trained not to make, was inexcusable.

It is still a good read because the story itself is really amazing--that the British were able to put women on the ground as part of the resistance in France is chilling and brilliant. But, and a big but, these women needed REAL, visceral reasons for going. Better pay does not work...especially when one of the lead characters leaves a small child at home.

The author has proved she can write a mesmerizing novel and perhaps she rushed through this one. It could have been much more than it is.

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