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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 war’s 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 wouldn’t listen.

2016 and a family photograph came to light. It depicted two small girls, backs to the camera, poignant and haunting. Jen’s marriage was crumbling; a
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Karren  Sandercock
Aug 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to NetGalley, Bookouture and Lizzie Page for my copy of The Forgotten Girls.

London 1943, Elaine Parker works as a clerk, her job is to type up letters written by prisoners interned in Japanese POW camps looking for secret coded messages and any information might help the allies win the war. One evening, Elaine meets famous war photographer Robert Capa, he’s so handsome and for Elaine it’s love at first sight. Elaine already has a boyfriend Justin, a pilot and two younger brothers. Elaine
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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 wa
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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 you’re 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 haven’t heard of them before, so I found it fascinating to learn more about Elaine and the photographer Robert Hale. They aren’t particularly well known c
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Stina
THE FORGOTTEN GIRLS is my first book by Lizzie Page but sadly it did not live up to my expectations as promised in the book's premise, which alluded to a photograph of two girls with their backs to the camera on the book's delightful cover. The photograph is said to be the focus of the story but in actual fact it isn't. It is more about the love lives of Elaine in wartime London and Jennifer in present day Spain.

London, 1943: Elaine works for the government typing out letters from prisoners of w
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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 Pa
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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 in
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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 war ...more
Lynden Wade
Apr 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
London, 1943. Everyone in the office is in a twitter because Robert Capa is in town. Everyone, that is, except Elaine, who’s never heard of the charismatic war photographer. Nor had I, but as he charmed down Elaine’s defenses, so he charmed down mine. But Robert – Bobby, as Elaine calls him – has a history of glamorous girlfriends and a calling to rush into danger, while Elaine has two brothers with a range of problems, and no confidence in her own abilities. As their love affair develops to 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 brot ...more
Emma Robinson
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and didn’t 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 choi
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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.
Sandra McKenna
Sep 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another page turner.

This is yet another excellent read by Lizzie Page which had me hooked from beginning to end.
A dual timeline set during World War II and the present day; it tells of a great romance, secrets and lies, and the connection between the past and present.
Brilliantly written and researched; I cannot recommend it highly enough.
P.S. Tissues were required.
Janice S. Redden
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Good read

The author told a great story about life & love during wartime. It was interesting to see how women were treated in that era. I didn't like that Elaine broke up with Robert because of her insane brother, but those were different times when they didn't understand mental health issues.
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Sydney Long
Jan 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-reads
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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*
minaal.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 wome
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Michelle Mills
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful reading

I didn’t realise Robert Capps was a real person - I will definitely be researching him. I loved the story of bobby and pinky. And love the way the book jumps to different times. Great read
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. It’s 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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Nicola Smith
Sep 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm a huge fan of Lizzie Page's books. I always enjoy her blend of fact and fiction, and her beautifully written stories.

The Forgotten Girls tells the story of Elaine Parker, a clerical girl in London in 1943. Her job is important and she enjoys it. Her home life is complicated. It's wartime. Life is hard. Then she meets Bobby, a war photographer, and he changes her life forever.

Bobby is actually Robert Capa, a photographer known for his images taken right at the epicentre of wars. I had heard o
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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 20
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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 hear
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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 a
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minaal.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 wome
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Sheila
Dec 18, 2020 rated it liked it
The book takes place during two different times; the first during WWII in London when Elaine Parker is working in a government office as a typist transcribing letters written by POWs to determine if there are any coded messages. When she's out after work one night, she meets Robert Capa, a well known war photographer. Even though she is warned he has a girl in every port, she is drawn to him. They have a whirlwind romance but Elaine has secrets and she doesn't feel worthy of him.

Present day; Je
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Shirley McAllister
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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Nicole
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley for my ARC version of The Forgotten Girls by Lizzie Page. Such a heartwarming story of two strong women separated by many years and different circumstances. First we meet Elaine Parker, during WWII, who has been taking care of her brothers, her work and her emotions during these trying times. She makes a life for herself and keeps everything moving. During this time she meets Bobby. She is shown and different kind of life and love. She almost has it all until she is dealt ...more
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