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Two women from very different times, linked by a single, powerful photograph of two lost little girls. A moving tale of love and the power of hope in wars darkest moments, inspired by an incredible true story.

London, 1943. Elaine Parker works as a clerical assistant for the government, transcribing letters from POWs in the hope of finding secret messages to help the war
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Kindle Edition, 375 pages
Published February 13th 2020 by Bookouture
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Brenda
2.5s

It was 1943 in London where Elaine Parker did clerical work involving letters from POWs, searching for codes and secret messages. Her pilot boyfriend felt more for Elaine than she for him, and that was highlighted when she met Robert Capa, famous war photographer. Her workmate and friend Annie warned Elaine against him, but she wouldnt listen.

2016 and a family photograph came to light. It depicted two small girls, backs to the camera, poignant and haunting. Jens marriage was crumbling; a
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Robin Loves Reading
1943. 2016. Two stories that meld into one. As far as the first story, we meet the energetic Elaine Parker. As a clerical assistant, she had the job of transcribing letters from POWs to their families. The enemies were hoping to find hidden messages. Anything to further the war effort. As dark as the days were, however, people still had time to have fun. At one such time, during a dance held behind blackout curtains Elaine met Robert Capa.

Robert Capa was her Bobby. She was his Pinky. He was a
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booklover BEV
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WW2 London 1943, Elaine Parker is a clerical girl at the government office. the work is all hush hush. Dashing Robert Capa a war photographer and they fall in love. A ladies man but sweeps Elaine off her feet. The book takes us forward to Spain 2016 and Jen's brother Matthew finds a black and white photo of two little girls. I found this book so enchanting to read, breathtakingly remarkable accounts as we go through the London blitz. It opens a can of worms of nana Elaine that leaves you loving ...more
Joanna Park
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ooh i do love dual timeline books set in WW2, especially if they are written by this author as you always know youre in for a great read.

The two main characters Elaine and Jen are both strong woman who are instantly likeable and I was instantly on their side. I always enjoy it when a real historical person is bought to life, especially when I havent heard of them before, so I found it fascinating to learn more about Elaine and the photographer Robert Hale. They arent particularly well known
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Angela Petch
Jan 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Warning: this is rather a garbled review, but I've only just finished reading this wonderful story and my mind is a whirl of emotions.

Oh, how I loved this book! Another WW2 story, but with such a clever narrative. I smiled, cried, my heart raced and I marvelled at the storytelling.
There is a dual timeline, a popular device in war novels, and I enjoyed reading the past story more I felt I was there, in the midst of the bombings and danger, in the passions stirred by the feeling that there might
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Emma Crowley
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it
The Forgotten Girls is the fourth book from Lizzie Page. It's told in the form of a dual narrative blending historical fact with fiction and once again has a woman as the central character. I love that the author always places women at the forefront of her novels and gives them a voice when at the time the books are set they may not necessarily have had one given the constraints of society. Elaine Parker, is not a fictional character and the author has done extensive research on her life. I had ...more
Robyn
Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: uno-challenge
Lizzie Page never seems to stop amazing me with her beautiful and lyrical stories centered around World War II. Page first came on my radar with When I Was Yours and her writing style and emotional storyline really pulled me in. I was really hoping that The Forgotten Girls would give me the same feelings and bring me back during a time in history where life was quite different. I am very happy to say that I loved this story just as much as I did the previous one.

It is the year 1943 and Elaine
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Amanda
Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been a fan of Lizzie's work for a little while now. I love the way in which she writes heart wrenching historical fiction that tugs on even the toughest of heartstrings like mine. I read the synopsis for 'The Forgotten Girls' and it certainly sounded like another emotive read. I wasn't wrong either because it was an emotive read, which I thoroughly enjoyed reading but more about that in a bit.
I must be honest and say that for me, 'The Forgotten Girls' was a little slow to get going and
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Gina
Feb 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book through NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I requested this book because I found the premise intriguing - 2 stories from different eras that are linked together by a photograph of "two lost little girls" and "looking for all the world as if they hadn't witnessed the most terrible war to ever touch England." However, the story was a little bit different than the synopsis implies - one of the girls wasn't even born before the end of the ...more
Erin
Feb 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is told in a dual timeframe, with Elaine's story set in London during WW2 and Jen's story set in present-day Spain. Elaine is a typist for the military, typing in letters written by POWs and looking for secret messages, when she meets -- and falls deeply in love with -- famed real-life war photographer Robert Capa (aka Bobby) who travels around to photograph the men on the front lines. Jen is newly divorced from her husband, has a teenage son she worries about, and is visiting her ...more
Emma Robinson
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and didnt want it to end!

Apart from the great storylines, the thing I love most about Lizzie Page books are the strong female characters who are clearly women of their time but who are dealing with issues that are just as relevant today. The Forgotten Girls is no exception and - In both timelines - Elaine and Jen are women I could identify with and root for. There are moments in this story which are heartbreaking and I wanted to shout at the characters not to make certain
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Lee Husemann
This story takes place from several different points of view beginning in London 1944 and going to Spain 2016. Going back and forth between these different time spans with numerous characters became somewhat confusing to me at times. I found the characters all quite bland and unremarkable. I love historical fiction but I was disappointed in this one. Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for the ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. I give this book 3-1/2 stars.
Sydney Long
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Sandra
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another wonderful book from the pen of Lizzie Page,excellent story with very likable characters and a book i can highly recommend.5*
minnie.reads
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
R E V I E W - The Forgotten Girls

Nobody wants to be a forgotten girl but what can you do when remembering you has to be someone else's responsibility?

Meet Elaine; a typist who transcribes letters from POW. She is a strong, young woman who has had to take on the role of caring for her family. A family who she tries hard to keep hidden from her friends.

In the present, we meet Jess. A woman who is hurting deeply and needs her family more than ever.

An old, forgotten photograph connects these
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Joan
Jan 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
This novel is written in dual time frame and tells the stories of two women, their trials and tribulations, their relationships and their families. I really loved the way the two stories eventually wove together and thought it was highly original, thought provoking and a great idea for the story board. Its about how choices can be made for the wrong reasons, loyalty and love.
In the Blitz years, a young orphaned woman has promised her mother that she will keep her two siblings together and look
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Anna
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Bookouture for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Once again Ms. Page has brought to life characters that you can relate to and you feel like they are member of your family or your circle of friends. The book takes place in two locations and different time periods. The first location is London in 1943 during the war. Elaine "Pinky" Parker works as a typist, transcribing letters while looking for secret hidden messages. The second location is Spain in
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Paula
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have read only one other book written by Lizzie Page so I was eager to see if I would enjoy The Forgotten Girls as much as I did When I Was Yours. The stories were very different but both had the great sense of place and strong character development of very complicated and complex characters.

The plot is as complex as the characters with twists and turns that keep you turning the page. Thinking again and again, I must read one more chapter before I turn out the light for the night. At the
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minnie.reads
Jan 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
R E V I E W - The Forgotten Girls

Nobody wants to be a forgotten girl but what can you do when remembering you has to be someone else's responsibility?

Meet Elaine; a typist who transcribes letters from POW. She is a strong, young woman who has had to take on the role of caring for her family. A family who she tries hard to keep hidden from her friends.

In the present, we meet Jess. A woman who is hurting deeply and needs her family more than ever.

An old, forgotten photograph connects these
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Nalini Warriar
Jan 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.8 stars
A book is always judged by its cover. The cover is at once adorable and disturbing. The two little girls have mud on their legs and high up in the sky are two planes whose forms reveal the setting of this novel. However, the subtitle packs quite a punch as it declares my heart will not just be broken but completely broken.
Quibbles about cover aside, I find the pace of my rather enjoyable reading upset by the all too frequent breaks which could be very well be reduced without taking
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Shirley
Family First

Wartime is a different time to live in. People have to make choices that they would not ordinarily make. Lives are changed by circumstances that are out of their control.

The story is about a clerical worker, Elaine that loses her parents, thus must care for her brothers. She falls in love with a famous war photographer, Robert. Because of her family responsibilities she breaks off her engagement and marries someone else. Elaine and Robert never stop loving each other.

Many years later
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Annette
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is told from a dual narrative, part present and part during the second world war years. The present story is set in Spain and is based in a beautiful family holiday villa in Andalusia. Jen's brother is keen to uncover the story behind a photograph of two little girls, with their backs to the camera. looking across a bay. The story of the war years is about their ancestors and how they come to be connected to the photograph. Elaine Parker thinks that she is no one special, she works ...more
J_Mc 251
Feb 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
I liked some parts of this book more than others. I was fascinated by the historical sections, mainly because they contained a real-life person (Robert Capa). After looking up his biography, I think that the author did an admirable job of conjuring up a plausible storyline that fit what is known about him. I also enjoyed learning about the clerical girls of WWII. I found the contemporary scenes to be less exciting, but they were necessary to tie the two time periods together. I would recommend, ...more
Louise Fein
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved The Forgotten Girls. It is a beautiful, compelling read, set in a dual timeline: London during WWII and modern day, ex-pat Spain. The links between the two story lines become clear during the course of the novel. Lizzie Page writes like a dream, with a narrative voice which pulls you into the vivid, perfectly drawn worlds she creates. This novel weaves a story around the real characters of Robert Capa, the famous war photographer and his girlfriend, Elaine. The author has ...more
Louise Fein
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved The Forgotten Girls. It is a beautiful, compelling read, set in a dual timeline: London during WWII and modern day, ex-pat Spain. The links between the two story lines become clear during the course of the novel. Lizzie Page writes like a dream, with a narrative voice which pulls you into the vivid, perfectly drawn worlds she creates. This novel weaves a story around the real characters of Robert Capa, the famous war photographer and his girlfriend, Elaine. The author has ...more
Sarah MacIntyre
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
A really good dual timeline story set during WW2 and today. I loved learning about the clerical girls transcribing POW's letters looking for clues or information. It was something I hadn't heard of - a heartbreaking job with little results. The story of a love affair with world renowned war photographer Robert Capa and clerical worker Elaine was beautiful and heartbreaking. I really enjoyed the todays timeline with Jen and her family. Their memories of Grandmother Elaine were of just a bland ...more
Sheri McGuinn
Feb 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A delightfully well-written family saga/romance/women's novel with two blended story lines: Nana Elaine's passionate wartime (WWII) romance with a famous photographer and the contemporary life of her granddaughter Jen - a woman whose husband has left her for a younger woman at the outset. While there are definitely romances in both lives, the book is more than that. It is a powerful description of the women who stepped up during the war and were then sent home once it was over, and while her ...more
Amy
Jan 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Lizzie Page's The Forgotten Girls reawakens Jen's sense of pride after discovering her Nana Elaine's mysterious past. While growing up, Jen identified Elaine as the curmudgeonly grandma with a fondness for sweets. Summoned home, she unlocks her grandma's secret and the sacrifice she made for the war effort.

While reading Page's novel, I eagerly awaited more of Elaine's story. Jen's chapters were a slow burner but once I was engrossed in the tremulous family dynamics, I eagerly awaited the truth
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Sharon
Ive read a couple of books by this author and have found them to be gripping and emotional historical reads, mainly based during the Second World War. This book is told from two different timeframes, firstly midway through the war years and secondly in present day. Back in the past, the story is based around Elaine who transcribes letters sent from Prisoners of War to their families. In present day, its Jens story and she is asked to look into the mystery of an old photograph of two little ...more
Diane
Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is two stories running along side each other. The first is the Grandmother Elaine and the struggles she overcome during WW2 with her family. The second story is of her granddaughter and her more modern day family problems. Elaine falls in love with Robert Cappa a war photographer who she gives up for the sake of her abandoned young niece. Her granddaughter is having marriage problems so goes to visit her brother in Spain seeing also her Aunt and her mother and they start to look into Elaine ...more
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