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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lgraf
Jun 18, 2019

Another incredible book by Pam Jenoff. So interesting to read fiction based on actual events from WWII. Wow what a great author! Looking forward to reading another one of her books.

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mjk236sb
Jun 06, 2019

Just finished this book as the anniversary of the Normandy Invasion is being remembered. Great time to be reading this quite enjoyable story. Some people need to remember that this a work of fiction and that perhaps the three lines in the book that confirmed that the two characters were in love with each other should not be how you judge this entire story. It was interesting to read about the resistance and these women who were helping them out. Without both of these groups of people perhaps we would not be able to write or read books about this topic.

I enjoyed meeting these women - both Grace in the present -and those in the past and involved with the war. It was an easy read and confirms that there are good strong people in this world that are willing to give up their life for the greater good of all people.

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canbrad
Jun 02, 2019

Loved this book. I found it very easy to read. Fantastic storyline, especially if you aren’t getting too intensely preoccupied with the reality of the historical events. People who have given it bad ratings are taking a fictional novel too seriously. Too me it was entertaining and kept me interested without having to get too in depth.

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MoKevany
May 28, 2019

This promised to be a riveting story based on reality. Unfortunately there were so many unbelievable events as well as needless romantic encounters that it lost credibility for me. The character of Marie leaves her young daughter behind somewhere in East Angelia to be dropped into occupied France with hardly a thought. She almost immediately falls in love with Julian (read strong jawed and stand-offish) and seems willing to sacrifice everything for this man she hardly knows. Too many glaring errors and ridiculous sub-plots to make this believable. I couldn’t wait to finish it.
This certainly did not to justice to the brave women (and men) in the UK that went to France to disrupt the German occupation and who helped end the war.

dplSami May 28, 2019

An entertaining, page-turner. Although loosely historical, Jenoff highlights the many unsung heroes of the SOE, specifically the female operatives who risked everything for the greater good.

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DenisDesautels
May 26, 2019

An interesting fictional tale loosely based on historical facts. It could be more historically accurate, but from an entertainment point of view a good read.

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Cathy424
Apr 20, 2019

1/2 star for choosing a great topic. Minus umpteen stars for writing style - I cant believe I bothered to finish the book. Amongst the multitude of errors in timeline and historical truths mentioned in other reviews, the author completely ignores the Wartime’s Secrets Act. Marie would never have discussed her participation in SOE with anyone, let alone a citizen, let alone details of missions and names of other participants, particularly in 1946!! I rolled my eyes at least a few times on most pages - the dialogue was so false and included details that should have been in non-dialogue text - but only book I had on a 3 week holiday and a friend gave it to me so I felt obligated to finish. At least it has sparked an interest in reading some non-fiction on the topic now that the WSA has expired.

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AnneCarolineDrake
Apr 06, 2019

Disappointing, slow-paced, and boring. This could have and should have been a page-turner. It isn't. Although the book is based on a true story, it lost credibility for me when the I read about Grace learning of Eleanor's death while watching the news on television at a restaurant in NYC.

Other people have noted other glaring historical mistakes. While television was being broadcast in NYC in 1946, it is highly unlikely restaurants and bars had TVs to entertain their patrons.

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Apr 01, 2019

I enjoyed Orphan Train but cannot recommend this book - just did not make sense at times

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Bookworm2228
Mar 31, 2019

4 1/2-5 star read. I loved Jenoff's latest book and thought it was a terrific read. Jenoff introduces us to three women who are the focal points in the book. We meet Grace, who discovers a suitcase in Grand Central Station in New York that links her to Eleanor. Eleanor had been recruited to train and deploy women agents to German occupied France during WWII. Marie was one of her agents, twelve of whom did not survive the end of the war and whose fate was never known officially. By telling each woman's individual story, we are able to piece together what happened to these brave women, forgotten by the government that sent them there and by time. But Grace persists and is able to find some truths. This book grabbed me right from the beginning and had me turning pages to find out what happened next. A terrific read.

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