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The Lost Girls of Paris

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It's been awhile since a book has held my interest as much as The Lost Girls of Paris. From the very first page you find yourself drawn in. The fact that the book was based on true events added to its appeal. The valor of the men and women of the WWII era never ceases to amaze and inspire me. 

Thanks to Pam Jenoff for giving us such a great read!
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I received a free copy of The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff in exchange for an honest review. My opinions about this book are all my own. I have read many books by Pam Jenoff and she did not disappoint me in this new one, The Lost Girls of Paris. It is set during World War II and some years following the War. I didn't know much about the British using women as spies in France to help the Resistance in their plot to stop Hitler and the Nazis. Pam Jenoff was able to capture the friendships, courage and hardships these women shared in their training and assignments. 

The Lost Girls of Paris began as the reader was introduced to Grace Healey, a young and recent widow, living in New York City. She was trying to put her life back together after loosing her husband. They had only been married a very short time when he was to be deployed. On his way to New York to see her before his troop was deployed he died in a car accident where his jeep went off the road. They were scheduled to meet in Grand Central Station under the clock but he never showed up. Now on her way to work she was forced to cut through Grand Central Station once again. She had avoided it since she learned of her husband's death. There had been an accident on the street she needed to use to proceed to her work place. All she was able to find out was that someone had been killed by an oncoming car. With no alternative, Grace entered Grand Central Station and discovered an abandoned suitcase beneath a bench. She decided to open the suitcase to see if she could learn who it belonged to. Inside, Grace found several photos of women encircled in a lace cloth. On impulse, Grace decided to keep the photos. As she was putting the suitcase back where she had found it she noticed the name Trigg on the outside. She left Grand Central Station with the photos.

Later, Grace learned that the suitcase and photos belonged to Eleanor Trigg. She had worked at the SOE in England and was put in charge of training and deploying women to occupied France as radio operators and couriers during World War II. Eleanor believed that women would be able to do these jobs less conspicuously than the men that had been doing them. The men were being captured and tortured and therefore they were not being successful. This was Eleanor's baby to design, implant and carry out. She chose the women carefully and came to know every detail about them. She felt personally responsible for each one of the women she chose.

The Lost Girls of Paris alternated between Eleanor's, Grace's and one of the women Eleanor had chosen's stories. It was hard to put down once I had begun reading. I highly recommend this book.
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Thank you net galley for the advance read copy of this novel.   It was everything a historical fiction should be....good plot with a hint of mystery, a sprinkle of romance, and excellent characters.   This novel captured me from the first page discovering 12 photos of women later found to be part of the British SOE.    I wished the author would have included what of actual history she used for the storyline of this book.   I will definitely recommend this novel and readers of The Nightengale, Lilac Girls and other great WWII historical fiction works will want to read this one!
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Pam Jenoff is one of my favorite authors. I loved "Orphan Train". Her newest book, takes us on an adventure of undercover women agents during the war. I loved this book and couldn't put it down. 

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a free copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion of it.
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Thank you so much to Net Galley and HARLEQUIN-Trade Publishing Co. for the chance to read and review this book! It was fantastic! The story takes place in 1946. Grace finds an abandoned suitcase in Grand Central Terminal. Unable to control her curiosity, she opens the suitcase and finds 12 photographs of women in uniform. So begins her search to find out who these women were and why their photographs are in the abandoned suitcase. She discovers these women were female secret agents deployed out of London during the war. The suitcase belonged to Eleanor Trigg, who was in charge of these women. The mystery of what happened to these brave women is a heartbreaking story that will stay with the reader. It is not a story you will forget quickly. I highly recommend this book-it is incredible!
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3.5 Stars.  Pam Jenoff knows how to write historical fiction.  I am not typically a big reader of this genre, especially with romantic elements thrown in, but her books draw me in. I learn something new and get taken on an adventure. While I don’t feel this book was as strong as her “The Orphan’s Tale”, this was an engaging read. I strongly recommend this author.
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Pam Jenoff is truly a remarkable author in every book she writes.  This book gives a person an insight into the "other" people of the war who also sacrificed their lives by doing extremely dangerous work without receiving any any acknowledgment.. A truly wonderful book and well worth reading.
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World War II has only been over for about a year when Grace finds a suitcase under a bench in Grand Central Station. The case belongs to Eleanor Trigg, a woman who was the leader of a band of female secret agents. Twelve of those women were sent to Europe and were never seen or heard from again. The case contains photos of those women and Grace makes it her mission to find out what really happened to them. This book was both fascinating and heartbreaking, so many women were instrumental in helping win the war, but their stories have not been told, their names have been forgotten. A gem of a book that makes me grateful for the bravery of the women who came before me
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I could not put this book down. It's the type of book where the minute you're done you want to flip back to the first page and start again.
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Pam Jenoff is truly a gifted author and always manages to blow me away!  In The Lost Girls of Paris she combines historical fiction, general fiction, women’s fiction, mystery/suspense and even a touch of romance— and does it brilliantly!!!  This novel is captivating, fascinating and most of all, inspiring (soooooooo inspiring).  This is the kind of book that stays with you, I haven’t gotten these characters out of my brain!  Even though this book is a complete standalone, I would LOVE a follow-up novel because I’m not ready to say goodbye to the characters/storyline (yep, it’s that epic).  The Lost Girls of Paris is a total 5+++ star read!!  If you’re looking for perfect book club selection, this is it!
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