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.
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.
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MY REVIEW: (LAWonder10)
I thought I was well-versed in the subject of World War 11, but I often find there is always more things to learn about any subject!
This is a navel, based on fact, about a group of thirty-nine women who served a special mission in World War 11 for the SOE, Special Operations Executive. (I looked it up through my own curiosity.) A sad thing about this is they were not given the same benefits or titles like the men received.
This is based on an actual event although the names and some circumstances were changed.
A secretary for the head of SOE voiced her opinion once on why the agents had little success in the field. She was then immediately assigned as head of this trial organization of women. Most in the meeting were against it.
The tale centers on the recruitment of one woman, then includes some of her colleagues and their missions as well. A major unit in the field group was, also, introduced.
The scene unfolds with the death of a woman and a suitcase discovered by a young woman in 1946. There are a few different voices telling their story, yet it is done so smoothly, the reader's interest s never lost.
The Lost Girls of Paris is very well-written, enlightening, suspenseful, and a book the reader will not want to put down until the very end.
The book Cover is fitting but could be more appealing to "the browser" if it were more colorful or eye-catching.
The characters and scenes were vividly portrayed through script in a wat the reader could easily feel connected to.
In spite of the lack of appeal of the cover, this still earns a Five Stars rating.
*This book was gifted me with no request for a positive review. This is my honest review.
Pam is the author of several novels, including her most recent The Orphan's Tale, an instant New York Times bestseller. Pam was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., 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 to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 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 Corregidor.
Following her work at the Pentagon, Jenoff moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. 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 community.
Having left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenoff is now employed as an attorney in Philadelphia.
Pam is the author of The Kommandant's Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award, as well as The Diplomat's Wife and Almost Home.
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