Historical Fiction

Book Review – The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff


Goodreads Synopsis:

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 abandoned suitcase tucked beneath a bench. Unable to resist her own curiosity, Grace opens the suitcase, where she discovers a dozen photographs—each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photographs and quickly leaves the station.

Grace soon learns that the suitcase belonged to a woman named Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. Twelve of these women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. Setting out to learn the truth behind the women in the photographs, Grace finds herself drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a remarkable story of friendship, valor and betrayal.

My Opinion:

If you love historical fiction with a bit of mystery, this is a book you will not want to miss!

This book is told in multiple time periods, but these time periods are only a few years apart. It all takes place between 1943 – 1946 and is told from the perspective of three women – Eleanor, Marie, and Grace.

Eleanor is put in charge of the newly formed all female operatives unit within SOE (Special Operation Executive). Her job is to recruit, train, and deploy these women into the field. Marie was one of the operatives recruited by Eleanor. She was hesitant and questioned whether this was the path she should be headed down, but became determined to see it through. Last, but not least there is Grace. She lives and works in New York following a personal tragedy. On her way to work one day she finds a suitcase that has been left behind in Grand Central Terminal. Her curiosity gets the best of her and she opens it. Once she sets eyes on its contents she becomes obsessed with solving the mystery of who the suitcase belongs to and the mystery that lies within it.

Each of these women showed considerable strength and growth as the story progressed. Their determination, devotion, and sacrifice were admirable. It was a great pleasure to read a story about three strong women working their way through their fears, doubts, and showing remarkable courage!

This is the second book by Pam Jenoff that I have read and I cannot wait to see what she writes next!

*Thank you NetGalley, Park Row, and Pam Jenoff for the opportunity to read and review this book for my honest opinion.

Book Details:

My Rating: 4.5/5
Genre: Historical Fiction
Series: None
Publisher: Park Row
Publication Date: 2/5/19
Pages: 384 (eBook)

*Other Pam Jenoff books I have reviewed: 

The Orphan’s Tale

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