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February 8, 2019

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff ~ a Review

by Susan Roberts

This is a wonderful, well-written, well-researched historical fiction novel about strong women in adverse conditions. It's about a group of women in WWII who were left out of the history books and left out of popular WWII fiction. I highly recommend it!

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The Lost Girls of Paris
January 2019; Park Row; 978-0778308614
audio, ebook, print (384 pages); historical fiction
The novel is a dual timeline - Grace is in NYC in 1946. She is working with refugees from Europe while she tries to get over the death of her husband during the war. She finds some pictures and tries to trace where they come from which leads her to the story of Eleanor Trigg, leader of a ring of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war. In Eleanor's part of the novel, we learn about her secret group and one of her main agents, Marie. Marie was working in London and trying to get to the English countryside weekly to see her 4-year-old daughter when she was recruited into the group because of her flawless French. After grueling training and a bond with Josie, one of the other women in the group, she is sent to France as a radio operator. 12 women were sent into France to aid the resistance and none of them ever returned after the war. What happens in France to Marie and the other agents, shows their strength and bravery in difficult and treacherous circumstances.

The characters in this book are extremely well written. Trigg is very real as her plans progress and she feels constant worry about the group. Marie was my favorite character as we see her grow from someone with low self-esteem to a strong and brave woman. She is not a character that I'll soon forget.

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Susan Roberts lives in North Carolina when she isn't traveling. She and her husband enjoy traveling, gardening and spending time with their family and friends. She reads almost anything (and the piles of books in her house prove that) but her favorite genres are Southern fiction, women's fiction, and thrillers. Susan is a top 1% Goodreads Reviewer. You can connect with Susan on FacebookGoodreads, or Twitter

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