The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

March 4th, 2019 Kimberly Review 18 Comments

4th Mar
The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
The Lost Girls of Paris
by Pam Jenoff
Narrator: Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, Candace Thaxton
Length: 11 hours and 41 minutes
Genres: Historical Fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration: 5 stars

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 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.

Vividly rendered and inspired by true events, New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff shines a light on the incredible heroics of the brave women of the war, and weaves a mesmerizing tale of courage, sisterhood and the great strength of women to survive in the hardest of circumstances

HEARTBREAKING historical mystery well written

Last year I read The Orphan Train by this author and was excited to receive the audiobook for The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff.  Narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, and Candace Thaxton, Jenoff shares a story of passion, courage, betrayal, discovery.

Grab your earbuds, a bottle of wine and travel to 1946, Manhattan where Grace Healey,  a young widower finds an abandoned suitcase in Grand Central Terminal. The suitcase belonged to Eleanor Trigg, former leader of a group of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. The tale that unfolds has us crossing into Soviet-controlled France as twelve woman work undercover to undermine Hitler. They placed these brave young women undercover in Occupied Europe and worked as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home and their fates were a mystery.

Graces curiosity regarding the photos and Eleanor soon have her investigating with a little help from a friend. The story that unfolds was riveting . Told in from multiple perspectives – before, during and after the war, we get Grace’s story,  Elenor’s, and a young, single mother named Marie a young spy posing as a French woman.

Jenoff pulled me in from all angles and the different story lines were equally strong. Marie’s story perhaps touched me the most from her bravery to the climatic events that unfolded around her. I devoured her chapters. Along with Grace I demanded to know her story. I laughed, wept and found myself experiences her emotions.

While rich with period details and historical details the story focus is more character driven.  There are two romantic threads, one of growth and one of fate. One will leave you hopeful the other in a puddle. You will come to admire all three women and this group of female spies and their role in WWII.

Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, and Candace Thaxton each did an outstanding job of capturing these characters from Grace’s curiosity to Marie’s strength. The book lends itself perfectly to audio from the pacing to the story lines and there was no confusion as to whom was speaking as we hopped from Paris, London, Germany and New York.

The Lost Girls of Paris is a story whose details and characters will have you searching out similar stories and make you a forever fan of Pam Jenoff.

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About Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff

Pam Jenoff 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 of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor. Following her work at the Pentagon, Jenoff moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Jenoff developed close relations with the surviving Jewish community. Having left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenoff is now employed as an attorney in Philadelphia. Pam is the author of The Kommandant’s Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award, as well as The Diplomat’s Wife and Almost Home.

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18 Responses to “The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff”

  1. Mary @StackingMyBookShelves!

    Wow, this sounds like an engaging story. I have seen this one around and have thought about getting it now after your review, I know it’s a must listen to. I do want to be taken back with a bottle of wine. =)

    Mary

  2. Suzanne @ The Bookish Libra

    So happy to see this got 5 stars from you too. It really was an incredible read. I’d love to revisit it on audio at some point after seeing that you gave the narration 5 stars as well.

  3. Tyler H. Jolley

    I love this premise so much. There truly are so many untold stories of heroic women who served during the war. Excellent review, Kimba. I can really tell you loved this book.

  4. Lily B

    I’ve been craving HR like mad recently. I yet to try Pam Jenoff but I’ve put several of her books on my to buy list this year and this one just looks amazing. Maybe I’ll consider it on audio instead

  5. Brandee @ (un)Conventional Bookworms

    This sounds amazing, Kimberly. And after having read The Nightingale and The Alice Network, it’s a book that I’m keen to pick up. I like that there are several narrators so I may pick up this one in audio but either way, I know I’m in for a powerful read! Great review!

  6. Ailyn Koay

    i don’t really know how you pose as a French woman, not like there’s a job description to it… or is there?