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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 spies during World War II.

1946, Manhattan

Grace 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 abandon
Paperback, 384 pages
Expected publication: February 5th 2019 by Park Row
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    Larry H
    Dec 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    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 explain why she has this powerful need to keep th
    Holly  B
    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 wonderful job of characterization and I felt that I almo
    Nov 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    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 operators. Another storyline takes place shortly after the war that ...more
    Dec 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
    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 these women.

    Honestly, I could have done without Grace'
    Katie B
    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 suitcase containing photographs. She soon learns the s
    Nov 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Pam Jenoff, I just want to let you know that I love you and I'm in love with The Lost Girls of Paris ! This was the most successful attempt at me enjoying a historical fiction novel, ever, and now I've gotten a craving for more. Set during the 1940s, The Lost Girls of Paris alternates two time periods—one being during World War II, in London and then in Paris; while the other being right after the end of the war in New York City. Setting the story in New York, Grace Healey is running late for ...more
    Mellie Antoinete
    Sep 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley and @pamjenoff***

    Here it comes! The inevitable backlash Party on Wayne, Party on Garth style!

    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 tail end of WWII through the bureaucracy of London to t
    Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I’m not a fan of the current trend in thrillers to feature unreliable female alcoholics with man issues. This trend in historical fiction to showcase strong female bada** women I am LOVING though! Fans of The Alice Network, The Nightingale, or Lilac Girls this upcoming book is for you!
    I have enjoyed other books by Pam Jenoff so I was thrilled to get my hands on her newest, The Lost Girls of Paris. I think this is her best yet! I was mesmerized by this tale of female spies and their courage du
    Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: arc
    I've heard wonderful things about Pam Jenoff's books, especially The Orphan's Tale, which has been on my TBR for quite a while.  I noticed the beautiful cover for The Lost Girls of Paris on NetGalley a couple months ago and after reading the description, I was ready to read the entire book immediately!  Thankfully, Park Row granted my request and while I was ready to jump right in, I decided to save it for the holidays. Is it weird that I get all excited to devour a book and then save it for a s ...more
    The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    I didn't read The Orphan's Tale or anything else by this author, but courtesy of NetGalley, decided to give this novel a try. And for those who go squeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and compare it to The Nightingale, let me say right up front that I absolutely loathed The Nightingale.

    I nearly quit when Grace Healey spent an interminable number of pages deciding whether to pick up, open, look at the contents, agonize over the contents, close it again, and take this “abandoned suitcase” half-hidden in Grand
    Nov 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    After reading and enjoying Pam Jenoff's previous two novels, I was excited to dig into this one. Pam has once again delivered a captivating story about World War II.

    At the same time I was reading The Lost Girls of Paris, I also happened to be reading The Alice Network. While one was about spies and the other about saboteurs and they took place during two different wars (for the most part), they balanced each other out well. Funny enough, both novels mentioned Baudelaire's Fleurs du Mal. I learn
    Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This is a wonderful well-written, well-researched historical fiction novel about strong women in adverse conditions. It's about a group of women in WWII who were left out of the history books and left out of popular WWII fiction. I highly recommend it!

    The novel is dual time line - Grace is in NYC in 1946. She is working with refugees from Europe while she tries to get over the death of her husband during the war. She finds some pictures and tires to trace where they come from which leads her to
    Susan Peterson
    Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Once again, Pam Jenoff has written a compelling novel that puts us directly into the time and space of the story; in this case we are in London, Scotland, and Paris with young women who became spies during WWII. The Lost Girls of Paris is a page-turning novel of courage, sacrifice, and betrayal.
    Carol (Reading Ladies)
    Thank you to #netgalley and #parkrowbooks for my free copy of The Lost Girls of Paris in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own.

    Pam Jenoff doesn’t disappoint! She’s one of my must-read-her-newest-release authors.

    Fans of Pam Jenoff (The Orphan Tales) will enjoy her newest histfic release, The Lost Girls of Paris. This engaging page turner tells the story of a courageous and brave ring of women spies in WW11. Told from three perspectives and two alternating time periods from 1943-1946, t
    Bev Walkling
    I was very fortunate to receive an advance readers copy of this book from Hanover Square Press and #NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased honest review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

    I was very excited when I saw that this book was available for review. First of all I have read and enjoyed other books that Pam Jenoff has written and so was pretty sure off the bat that I would enjoy this one. Secondly, the theme of the book was a focus on the women who served undercover during the se
    Donna Hines
    Oct 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: arc, netgalley
    Grace Healey is rebuilding her life after her husband's passing when she uncovers a suitcase in Grand Central Terminal.
    It's 1946 and the suitcase is full of pictures of various women but has no rightful owner.
    That's until a bevy of clues leads to Eleanor, leader of a secret wing of women secret agents deployed out of London to aid the resistance during the war.
    Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as radio operators and couriers but never returned home as the mystery remained hidden
    The Lost Girls of Paris is an incredible piece of historical fiction— pulling us into an unknown part of WW2 history and exposing secrets. I won’t provide a synopsis of the book because you can read that on your own. However I will say I believe this is Pam Jenoff’s best book to date. She weaves unforgettable characters into a dual narrative that is both emotional and explosive.

    You’ll burn the midnight oil trying to figure out who Eleanor is; why did she come to NYC; what happened to her girls?
    Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
    Shelves: netgalley
    I received a free ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review.

    I have long been a fan of Pam Jenoff; her latest work, The Lost Girls of Paris does not disappoint. Jenoff captures the intensity and determination of the young women who train to be British SOE (Special Operations Executive) agents in France during World War II. The war may be nearing its end but there is still a need for clandestine radio operators working with the French Resistance. The idea behind female operatives is th
    Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I got approved for the ARC on Netgalley but quickly decided I needed a print version so I put my reading on hold until I got a print copy. I read chapters (1-7) on August 9th. Began chapter 8 on August 15th.
    I could not put this book down. A more formal review will come closer to the publication date. It's the type of book where the minute you're done you want to flip back to the first page and start again.
    Dec 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    This is an excellent book! You may have read other books set during the World War Two era, and you may have read other books about female spies during that era, but The Lost Girls of Paris is unique and will reward you with an engrossing and thrilling read.

    Although this is firmly and delightfully a work of fiction, some events and characters were based on historical facts. I was effortlessly immersed in the stories and situations of the three main characters, Grace, Marie, and Eleanor. Their re
    Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Pam Jenoff has done it again, with a heart stopping, emotional novel alternating between NYC in 1946 and England and France in 1944. I could not put the book down, reading about Marie Roux, recruited and trained by Eleanor Trigg to be one of the few women used during the war to transmit information. Marie meets Julian, the leader of the Vesper group in France, as she risks her life for the war effort. Meanwhile, Grace is in postwar NY, where she finds a suitcase in Grand Central that contains ph ...more
    Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I stayed up way too late finishing this book. I am bleary eyed this morning but it was so worth it. I have not read any of Jenoff's work; however I am now furiously clicking hold on anything I can find.

    Set in the aftermath of WWII, The Lost Girls of Paris tells the story of Grace, who finds a suitcase with pictures of 12 women, and sets out to discover who they are. For me, it was a story of women, their strengths, their vulnerabilities, and what they can achieve when someone has faith in them.
    Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
    I received a free copy of this e-book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.

    Another engaging historical novel by Pam Jenoff. This novel was much more of a historical mystery than some of her other novels, but I really enjoyed it.

    Told from the perspective of three different women, two of which were involved in top secret spy and sabotage operations during World War II. I loved that the story was based on real women sent to be saboteurs in the European theater. More and more stories o
    Kimberly Mussell
    Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it

    I have heard so many good things about this author, Pam Jenoff. All of her previous books are on my to be read list. I’m ecstatic that I was finally able to get a hold of this one. Perfect for a first read of this author. It kept my interest and I really enjoyed the characters. I felt for Eleanor and Marie. I adored Grace! There was one spot I felt like the story was rushed, but it didn’t take away from the story line or the over all effect.
    My favorite genre to read is historical fiction. Grace
    Jun 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I can not wait for this lovely book! I am eating the beautiful cover!
    Dec 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    I typically really enjoy Pam Jenoff’s books but I do have to say that I believe this is HER BEST YET. It was so hard putting it down; I wanted to know what was going to happen next.

    This is a story of WWII Resistance, courage, anguish and Sisterhood. Yes, Sisterhood. The story is told from the perspectives of Grace in New York in 1946, Eleanor in London in 1943, and Marie in France in 1944. So readers who have difficulty with alternation timelines should find this story much easier to follow.

    Elena L.
    Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    The Lost girls of Paris is a historical fiction about WWII, betrayal, friendship and courage. The story alternates between 1940 (in London and Paris) and after the WWII (1946) in New York City. Setting in New York, Grace Healey witnesses a car accident while running late for work and ends up finding an abandoned suitcase with dozen photographs. Then she decides to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs. During the WII, Eleanor Trigg and the British Government are starting a secret s ...more
    Kristen Cook - A Book Ninja
    First, this is a stunningly beautiful cover. I am just drawn to it.

    Pam Jenoff did not disappoint with The Lost Girls of Paris. I found that this book is beautifully written and also made me sit on the edge of my seat. I found that I wanted to take my time reading this book but also couldn't put it down. I had to know what happened to Marie and Eleanor's girls.

    I find it amazing that another author has brought to light a little known fact about WW2. I am not an expert on this topic but I have rea
    Kim Baccellia
    Nov 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
    Captivating, engaging tale of women spies during WWII and a betrayal. I really loved this historical novel that introduces us to Grace, who in 1946, finds a suitcase filled with mysterious photos of women. Curious, she finds out that these women were part of a secret British operative that had women go undercover in France right before D Day.

    There's much to love about this book. Grace's journey introduces us to Marie, a woman who against odds is sent to France. We also read Eleanor's account of
    Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
    The Lost Girls of Paris has a fascinating storyline about British women that infiltrated occupied France during World War II to send messages back home and wreck havoc that would delay German progress, but it feels like the book needs to be about twice as long as it actually is to truly do the story justice. The story is told by three women – Grace, an American who finds pictures of the women who disappeared while passing through Grand Central Station in 1946; Eleanor, who led the team from back ...more
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    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 o ...more