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Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names.

The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World
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Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 21st 2020 by Gallery Books
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Sheila Kelley Yes! Beautifully written and not filled with foul language and smut like so many other authors today. I teach in a Christian school, and I would defin…moreYes! Beautifully written and not filled with foul language and smut like so many other authors today. I teach in a Christian school, and I would definitely recommend it to our high school students. (less)
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Lindsay - Traveling Sisters Book Reviews
Happy Publication Day to The Book Of Lost Names!

3.5 stars. The tearful ending made me round up to 4 instead of down to 3.

An eye-opening and informative, lighter WWII story.

Eva and her mother are forced to flee their apartment in Paris after being added to the list of Jews in the round up. Before Eva’s father is captured, he provided a plan for Eva and her mother to flee to Switzerland. Eva takes charge and leads her mother to a small, hidden town at the Swiss border. There she and her mother ble
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Angela M
Sep 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Holocaust stories are never easy to read and they shouldn’t be. While we never see the horrors of the death camps in this novel, we see the heartbreaking impact on so many, especially children, whose mothers and fathers were rounded up by the Nazis sent to those camps, killed there or before they get there. It tells of the brave and good people of the French Resistance who risked their lives, some of whom lost family of their own, forging documents and transporting Jewish children to safety. The ...more
Tina
This book is a historical fiction that goes between 2005 (Eva in the present) and the 1940's (Eva in the past). This book is all about WWII when Germany takes over Paris, France. Eva is a Jewish girl that lived in Paris. This book will stay with me for so long. It will touch your heart. Eva is a girl that loves book that after the war become a librarian, but during the war she helped Jewish kids escape France to safe their life. She used The Book of Lost Name to help her remember all the kids re ...more
Danielle
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Everyone should just accept that any book from this time period is going to be gut wrenching. 💔 It is a horrific time in our world history, that should never be forgotten. This book had all those feels 😭😢🤧 I loved Eva and her tenacity and strength. She was such a strong character. The idea of there being a book out there with real names just gives me goosebumps. This was a great book, that I’ll be thinking about for a while. ❤️
Tina
Nov 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first Kristin Harmel book. She's a good writer and the story flows well. I did not know much about the French resistance in WWII and it was interesting to read about it.

I liked Eva the main character. She was a strong and passionate woman. She was forging documents for the French resistance and along with her love interest Remy, helped to save many Jewish children by smuggling them into Switzerland. I do however wish the story had focused more on the children and less on the forgery
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Karren  Sandercock
May 2005, Eva Traube is in her 80’s and she enjoys working part time at her local library and she spends most of her time shelving books. One day she is shocked to see an article in a magazine, it’s about how the Nazis stole or destroyed priceless books from Berlin libraries during WW II, in the article was a photo of a book that was precious to Eva 65 years ago and she never thought she would ever see it again.

Paris 1942, Eva lives happily with her mother Faiga and father Tatus, once the Germa
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Debbie
Another well-written book about WWII and the tenacious women who fought, usually indirectly, against the Nazis!

Why I liked this story:
1. the premise of this story about Eva, a young woman working with the French Resistance forging identity documents to assist people, especially Jewish children, escape to Switzerland, is quite intriguing! This underground activity felt exhilarating and frightening at the same time;
2. I found this story a little reminiscent of the book THE LOST LETTER by Jill Cant
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Ingrid
Sep 01, 2020 rated it liked it
As always I'm trying to find books about WWII that are interesting to read and have a fair bit of reality in them. This book is too much of a romance for me with characters that are magnified in a way that isn't very likely. Big change of character too during the story, from nasty to nice and the other way around. I loved the present part of it with the 85 year old protagonist whom I immediately liked. The history part of the stolen books is very interesting and the explanation at the end of the ...more
Elisheva
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
In 1942, Eva Traube was a happy graduate student working with her favorite things in the world - books. However, her quiet life in Paris is quickly turned on its head when her father is arrested along with thousands of other Jewish people living in France. This sudden turn of events forces Eva and her mother to flee to the French countryside seeking shelter from the expanding Nazi forces. In the quaint village of Aurignon, Eva finds herself becoming involved in an underground resistance movement ...more
Annette
During WWII, forgers played important role in the Resistance. It was a network of “brave people who used their artistic ability and scientific ingenuity to produce convincing documents that allowed innocent people to survive.”

Florida, 2005. Eva Traube, librarian, comes across an article talking about a book, which she thought had vanished forever.

Paris, 1942. Eva is pursuing her doctorate in English literature. Her father, Polish-born Jew, is arrested. But before that he arranged with his employ
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Lisa
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A captivating historical fiction story full of bravery and resilience.

SUMMARY
Eva Traube was forced to flee Paris in 1942 with her mother after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. She finds a refuge in a church in a small mountain town in the Free Zone. There she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to Switzerland.

In erasing these children’s identity Eva knows she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are perhaps too young to remember who the
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Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc


TITLE: THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES
AUTHOR: Kristin Harmel
RELEASE DATE: July 21, 2020
GENRE: Historical Fiction
THEMES & TROPES: WW II, Holocaust
RATING: 4.5 STARS
CLIFFHANGER: No

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Word War II is without a doubt one of the darkest times of mankind and war stories set in that era are often unsettling because they force us to take a hard look at our heritage and our own position towards race and racism. THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES showcases how harrowing times and great adversity ca
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Kerrin P
The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel is a World War II historical fiction novel. It starts in 1985 when 85-year-old Eva Traube Abrams is shelving books at the Florida library where she works. She sees a magazine article with a picture of a German librarian holding a book that had been confiscated by the Nazis. The article explains the library is trying to return as many stolen books as possible. Eva immediately recognizes what she had called The Book of Lost Names.

During World War II Eva rel
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Kristie
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was the the first book that I read by Kristin Harmel and I thought it was excellent. Several of her other books have sounded interesting to me and made it onto my TBR, but it took a NetGalley deadline to get me to actually read one. I am so glad I finally did and I look forward to reading more of her work soon.

I thought young Ava started out a bit naive. She made a couple of decisions that made me think that she was going to be one of those main characters that was foolish and I wouldn't b
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Sarah
Aug 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: a, got, e, historical-fiction
Oh dear! I truly wanted to love this novel because the story sounded so intriguing but, my goodness, did I struggle to get to the end! I may as well pat myself on the back for making that effort, for the journey was paved with soporific pathos and whining internal monologue.

What could have been a really wonderful story was spoilt for me by the way it was told. (view spoiler)
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Susan Phillips
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This wonderful book explores a whole new aspect of the French resistance. A real page turner. I can't remember the last time I read a book in one day. ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Was Eva seeing correctly? Did this newspaper article actually show the book she had used during the war to put children's names in that they had to change to protect their identity?

Eva had to go to Berlin immediately to claim it.

We now move from present day to 1942 where Eva and her Mother escape from Paris with documents she forged the morning after her father was arrested and taken to a prison camp.

Eva and her mother travel to Aurignon, France, on the advice of a friend where they found lodgin
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Ink_Drinker
Wow!!! What a book! It gives me all the feels. I love historical fiction taking place during WWII and have read many fiction and non-fiction books regarding this subject. Kristin Harmel's research and dedication are reflected in this book. She is one of my favorite authors so I was excited, but a little anxious, to see if she could, yet again, write another best seller. Guess what? She did!! Doing it among many good authors writing about this time period.

The first thing that caught my eye was th
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Mary Monroe
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES takes place in WWII France. The story reveals how we find moments of joy in times of hardship. It is the perfect book for this summer, eh?
Deborah
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: france, florida
Another book about World War II. Yet, I still love them. The time and place draws me in especially when inspired by real events. Eva Traube Abrams, an 86-year-old Florida librarian, is hurled back into the past when she recognizes a stolen book that a German librarian is trying to restore to its rightful owner. Eva knew the religious work as The Book of Lost Names where she had recorded and encoded the real names of young Jewish children decades earlier. In 1942 she and her mother fled Paris aft ...more
MicheleReader
Jun 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love historical fiction. And I gravitate to books that take place during WWII. But I’m always concerned that the book will be too emotional. Yet here I am, feeling gutted but so happy that I read The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel.

This engrossing story is set mostly in the past during the 1940s in France and in 2005 where 86 year-old Eva is going to confront her past. Widowed and living in Florida as a semi-retired librarian, she reads an article in The New York Times about a library in
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Karen
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adult, romance, arc, historical, war
I flew through most of this book in a single sitting and then spent the last 10-15% absolutely sobbing, so that should give you a good indication of how much I loved this book.

I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and a book set during WW2 can hardly ever go wrong. This book started a bit slow but really picks up once the main character, Eva, is forced to flee Paris with her mother after the arrest of her father and the larger roundup of Jews by the Nazis. She finds eventual refuge in an underg
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Tammy
Aug 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I finished this several days ago and am still thinking about it. I can’t begin to give Kristin Harmel all the credit she deserves for writing this. It’s inspired by a true story that I took to heart while reading.
The Book of Lost Names is about the very little written subject of Resistance Forgers during WWll. This is the first novel I’ve read surrounding this subject. These forgers were unknown hero’s during the war, risking their own safety to stay in enemy territory to produce various docume
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Lindsey Gandhi
"Books are magic."

I love historical fiction books, I really love them when it's a brand new storyline I haven't read before (and that's a tough feat with a book about WWII) and I especially love them when there is the most amazing hook at the beginning of the book. This book immediately sucks you in from page one and you won't let out your breathe until the very last page.

The writing is as smooth as silk. The character development is simply phenomenal! Eva is one of many heroes you will read a
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Laurie • The Baking Bookworm
The Book of Lost Names is my second book by Kristin Harmel and like The Winemaker's Wife (which I read two weeks ago and reviewed recently), it is set during WWII, uses two time frames and is inspired by a true story.

The focus of this story is set in France during WWII while the current-day time frame remains quite secondary. The older story line follows Eva, a young Parisian Jewish woman who,suddenly finds herself (and her mother) in a small French village. There, Eva uses her artistic talents
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Marilyn
Jun 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I have had the privilege of reading several of Kristin Harmel’s books and have really liked each one. The Book With No Names is no exception. It was a well written historical novel that went back and forth between time periods. Part of the story took place in Florida in 2005 and the other part took part in France in the 1940’s. The characters were well developed and the plot was intriguing. Kristin Harmel, brilliantly wrote about the roles of Forgers as part of the Resistance during World War II ...more
Skip
Dec 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, historical
As a graduate student in 1942 Paris, Eva Traube and her mother was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. They make their way to a small mountain town Aurignon, in the Free Zone, where Eva finds she has a talent forging documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland, with the support of a local Catholic priest. Eva falls hard for a mysterious, handsome forger named Rémy, whose desire to help France is his raison d'etre. Meanwhile, Eva decides she must pr ...more
Leanne Whistance-Smith
Nov 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Absolutely SPEECHLESS 😭❤️

Hands down one of the best books I’ve ever read.

The Book of Lost Names gave me all the feels and I am not exaggerating when I say I could not put it down. It captured my heart and brought me to tears many times.

Inspired by a true story during WWII, Eva, a young Jewish woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of children flee the Nazi’s by making false documents for them to reach safety.

Harmel takes us on a captivating journey filled with resilience, love, misund
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Pam
Apr 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Once again, Ms Harmel has hit a home run with this WWII historical fiction!

We begin this story meeting an elderly librarian in Florida as she sees an image of a book that she has not seen in decades! The image and article is of a book that our librarian used to log the names of Jewish children that had been smuggled out of France. The story takes off from there...

The story is told in alternating timelines and it is easy to follow. When we are in our current time period, I kept thinking, "Let's
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Kristin Harmel is the New York Times bestselling and #1 international bestselling author of THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES, THE WINEMAKER'S WIFE, and a dozen other novels that have been translated into numerous languages and sold all over the world.

A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has been writing professionally since the age of 16, when she began her career as a sportswriter, covering Major
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