Pam Jenoff, New York Times bestselling author of The Orphan Train and now The Lost Girls of Paris is a masterful historical fiction writer. Should I just leave it to Kate Quinn to tell you? Okay:
“Pam Jenoff’s meticulous research and gorgeous historical world-building lift her books to must-buy status. An intriguing mystery and a captivating heroine make The Lost Girls of Paris a read to savor!” —Kate Quinn, New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network
Yep, she said it perfectly! This must-read book has already been dubbed one of the BEST BOOKS of 2019 according to Cosmopolitan, PopSugar, Glamour and more! Have I convinced you to read it without even giving you the plot yet?! 😉
Okay, here it is: The Lost Girls of Paris is a truly remarkable story of friendship and courage centred around three women and a ring of female secret agents during World War II. AKA: the hidden women who helped win the war. Inspired by a true story!
Set in 1946, Manhattan, the book follows Grace Healy—a young woman who comes across an abandoned suitcase at Grand Central Terminal. Grace opens the suitcase and discovers a dozen photograph, each of a different woman. In a moment of impulse, Grace takes the photos and leaves the station, and soon learns who they belonged to: Eleanor Trigg, leader of a network of female secret agents who were deployed out of London during the war.
The women were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home, their fates a mystery. So Grace sets out to learn the truth behind these women. In particular, she becomes drawn to a young mother turned agent named Marie, whose daring mission overseas reveals a story of friendship, valour, and betrayal.
This incredible story inspired by a ring of female spies that operated out of London during WWII reminded me of books like The Alice Network, Lilac Girls, and The Women in the Castle, but stands alone in that it adds something fresh and new to WWII historical fiction novels.
The Lost Girls of Paris truly shines a light on the brave women of the war and the strength they had to survive in such circumstances. If you’re ready for a spy/adventure story and also an emotional story of female friendship and empowerment (which, uh, who isn’t?!), you HAVE TO pick this one up! Click here to learn more and get your copy!
Happy reading, Savvy Readers!
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