Book Review: The Lost Girls of Paris

Author: Pam Jenoff

Pages: 384

Goodreads Synopsis: “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 betray.”

Review: Wow, wow, wow you guys! I’ve read stories by Pam Jenoff before this was my favorite of hers ever. In fact, I’m finally out of my reading slump. To the point that I like reading again! I signed back up for the Book of The Month Club and a free renewal of Kindle Unlimited all because of The Lost Girls of Paris.

Of course, this could be because it was a WWII story and I love WWII stories, it just reiterated the fact that I should stick to a genre that I really like. Anyway, this was perfect, there was history as well as mystery (I don’t normally like mysteries within a story like this, but this one was perfect). It’s based off of something that truly happened, women who went undercover in occupied France and what it was like for them to have to go through that. The only thing I wasn’t a huge fan of was the one page and you’re in love story line but that doesn’t take away from the historical significance of the story.

Or the fact that this story was about strong women, particularly three strong women being their best selves. There is Grace living unconventionally after the war in the midst of the loss of her husband. Then there is Eleanor and Marie, very different women but with a goal in life that is similar. Eleanor is a tough, smart woman doing the job she was meant to do, while Marie is someone who isn’t sure she’s the right person for the job but knows it’s the right thing to do. The character development, growth and strength of these women truly showed what they went through during and after the war.

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

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