The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

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.1946, ManhattanGrace Healey is rebuilding 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, G...


Details The Lost Girls of Paris

TitleThe Lost Girls of Paris
ISBN9780778330271
Author
Release DateJan 29th, 2019
PublisherPark Row
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II
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Reviews The Lost Girls of Paris

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    2019-02-07
    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 ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    2019-01-15
    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 live...
  • Angela M
    2019-01-09
    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. Tho...
  • Meredith
    2018-12-29
    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 pla...
  • Dorie - Traveling Sister :)
    2019-01-07
    ***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 star...
  • Matt
    2019-01-14
    “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 mediocri...
  • megs_bookrack
    2019-01-31
    Vivid.Inspirational.Poignant.I had zero issues with this book.I was sucked in from the very beginning and that feeling never let up.Following three perspectives, this historical fiction novel weaves together a beautifully intricate story with a focus on women who worked in special ops during WWII.Following the development of the SOE's Women's Unit, we follow the founder and head of that unit, Eleanor, along with one of the women recruited to go u...
  • Larry H
    2018-12-01
    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...
  • Diane S ☔
    2019-01-16
    3.5 Women operatives during WWII, and the dangers they faced. I just adored these characters, become very invested in their welfare, wanted them to succeed where the men had failed. When the OSE realized their male agents were being captured, so many men were gone fighting, they stood out like sore thumbs. It is suggested by a woman named Twigg, that females would more easily blend in, and accomplish what they needed to accomplish. She is given c...
  • Holly B
    2018-12-08
    I loved it!Once I started reading and became invested in these wonderful characters and the suspenseful plot, I simply had to  keep on reading... This took over my day and I set aside chores, appointments and anything else that was causing me to have to put this book down.  It did take a few chapters to get settled into it, then it was easy sailing all the way to the end.  A week later, I'm still thinking of these "girls".The author does a won...
  • Liz
    2018-12-26
    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 line...
  • Tammy
    2018-11-11
    I have rolled my eyes as many times as I have heard, “This is the next Nightingale”. To be fair, I didn’t hear this regarding The Lost Girls of Paris. Instead, this book is being compared to Lilac Girls and The Alice Network but this one comes very close to Nightingale. I never expected it. It’s a fictionalized account of Vera Atkins and her “girls” who were dropped into France to work with the resistance as saboteurs and radio operat...
  • Christine
    2019-01-24
    4.5 (rounded to 5) starsWow, this one was a real surprise. I had never read this author before, but was struck by the blurb as well as the title of this novel, and just look at that cover. These factors, plus the fact that several of my Goodreads friends gave it 4 or 5 stars, moved me to give this book a go. I was most impressed!This WWII historical fiction novel is darker and a bit grittier than many of the other books of this subgenre. It revol...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    2019-02-05
    The Lost Girls of Paris is historical fiction storytelling at its finest. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ It’s 1946 in Manhattan, and Grace Healey is late for work. She is starting over because her husband was killed during the war, and she has to keep this job to make ends meet. As she rushes to work, things continue to go awry, when she happens upon a suitcase in Grand Central Terminal. Inside are a dozen photographs of women. In a moment of haste, she t...
  • Felicia
    2018-12-10
    Loosely based on real events involving female spies in 1942 war-torn France.I mean, seriously, what is there not to love about that? Even before starting this book I was fascinated with the plot so it didn't take me long to become totally enamored.The story begins in 1946 following Grace after she finds a set of photographs of women in an abandoned suitcase. Her curiosity gets the best of her and she goes about trying to find the identity of thes...
  • jv poore
    2019-01-03
    One simple statement changed the course of Eleanor’s life forever. It was 1943 when the infuriated Director of Special Operations Executive called a meeting. As his secretary, Eleanor was present. As his metaphorical right-hand, she understood the operations better than anyone else in the room. The SOE, created three years prior to light Europe up with sabotage and subversion, had run smoothly and successfully until now. Too many agents were be...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    2019-02-15
    4+ stars. This historical novel of WWII focuses on an unusual aspect of the war: the British women who were deployed to France under Britain's Special Operations Executive or SOE program to work with the Resistance as radio operators, saboteurs, and couriers. Real-life SOE agent Christine Granville with members of the French Resistance in 1944Most of the reason for this dangerous venture is that most men were too suspiciously visible in France (s...
  • Linda
    2019-03-14
    The Lost Girls of Paris opens with Grace Healey trying to maneuver her way through the crowded streets of Manhattan. It's post-war in 1946 and traffic jams and throngs of people are the new norm. Grace decides to take a shortcut through the Grand Central Terminal knowing full well that she's already late for work. A policeman tells her that there has been an auto accident and the individual didn't survive.As Grace enters into the darkened train s...
  • Cheri
    2019-02-08
    4.5 StarsAs this story begins, World War II has ended, and Grace Healy is living in New York City, where she can spend her days without the look of concern and pity on the faces of passersby, unlike her former home. Here, she is just another face in the crowd, nameless and unknown, no one knows her, or that her husband has died. She’s been avoiding Grand Central Station, but on this morning on her way to work she decides to go through there and...
  • Katie B
    2018-11-14
    I hadn't even read the synopsis yet when I realized I wanted to read this book. This is one of the rare instances when a book cover completely sold me. The use of the clock just really stood out to me. Thankfully, this turned out to be a compelling historical fiction read which was worthy of a good cover.It's 1946 and Grace Healey is working in Manhattan after losing her husband during the war. While at Grand Central terminal she discovers a suit...
  • Michelle
    2019-02-18
    2.5-3 stars. Disappointed...don't hate me people!!!Despite owning several Pam Jenoff books this the first one I have read! I definitely will give her another shot as I respect her research and creativity (for coming up with this story) and I was happy to learn something new. I enjoyed how the story was told from three different perspectives (kind of a past, present & future) so that you were always seeing the story from a different angle. I think...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    2019-04-01
    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ Historical fiction is not typically my wheelhouse, but when I heard that The Lost Girls of Paris was about a group of female spies in WWII, I was all in. It seems this plotline may be the new Gone Girl as I’ve seen several new releases regarding women in WWII all over my Goodreads’ feed, but I wanted it pretty much due to my one and only experience with this topic - Code Name Verit...
  • Hollis
    2019-01-22
    THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS is a story I wanted to love. It's an excellent premise, with multiple POV and some overlapping timelines, of three women during and after the second world war. One a spy, another her commander, and a civilian who is compelled to pursue the truth of their story after piecing together their identities. It sounds amazing, right? If only.Not only was the writing slow, dull, halting and unpolished (not something I think is to b...
  • DJ Sakata
    2019-02-26
    Favorite Quotes:Professor Digglesby walked back into the workshop and returned with what appeared to be feces. “We plant detonators in the least likely of places,” he added. The girls squealed with disgust. “Also fake,” he muttered good-naturedly. “Holy shit!” Josie said. Eleanor produced a necklace with a silver bird charm and held it out. Marie was surprised. But it was not a gift; Eleanor twisted the necklace and it unscrewed to re...
  • Jennifer
    2019-01-02
    Women sent into war to fulfill a role men couldn't. Deployed as spies and saboteurs. Women who were successful because they represented a gender that is underestimated time and again. Invisible. Women intentionally sacrificed. Undervalued and disposable. Women who step up to the plate in spite of it all because that's what we do. Is this a true story? Of course it is.In The Lost Girls of Paris, author Pam Jenoff has written engaging historical fi...
  • Erin
    2019-01-01
    Thanks to NetGalley and Harlequin- Trade Publishing for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. I was so EXCITED when I was approved for this title because Pam Jenoff is one of my favorite WWII era writers and I have devoured each of her titlesThe Orphan's Tale,The Winter Guest, and The Kommandant's Girl just to name a few. So it would be an understatement to say The Lost Girls of Paris is one of my most anticipated reads of 2019. It certainl...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    2018-09-19
    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley and @pamjenoff***Here it comes! The inevitable backlash Party on Wayne, Party on Garth style!Garth: ❤THIS WAS BETTER THAN KRISTIN HANNAH’S THE NIGHTINGALE!!! ❤Wayne: No way!Garth: Double Way! ... Like way way!Wayne: Like way, way, pizza, way?Garth: .... Way! While I love Kristin Hannah, I was expecting brilliance from The Nightingale. But this was hearts and hugs and halos beautiful!Following three women on the...
  • Marialyce
    2018-12-19
    4.5 starsWe will never know many of the stories of bravery, courage, and fortitude that occurred during World War 2. Many of these stories are lost to time, but that doesn't make the people within these stories any less brave, any less, courageous, or any less gallant because their stories have never been told. In the book, The Lost Girls of Paris, we meet three women who risked everything to be spies. These young girls were secreted into Paris u...
  • Whitney
    2019-03-07
    Overall: I wish I could say I liked this book, but I didn't... For a similar storyline but done much, much better, try The Alice Network by Kate Quinn or learn about the true story that inspired this book 3.5/10The good: This book had a lot of potential and was based on a portion of the resistance I knew nothing about. The novel is based on the true story of Vera Atkins and her team of Special Operations Executive spies (many of them young women)...
  • Krista
    2019-01-08
    Rating: 5 bright shining starsThis new book by Pam Jenoff, author of “The Orphan's Tale”, is a winner! I was impressed by how masterfully she pulled together all the various aspects of this work of historical fiction. Per the author, the book’s germination was based on little known facts about a group of women who were dropped into France towards the end of WWII to work with the French Resistance to help defeat the Germans. It’s told from...