This is a remarkable historical fiction novel of bravery and courage during WWII.
It is 1946, and Grace Healy is passing through Grand Central Terminal. She spots an abandoned suitcase under one of the benches. She can’t help but wonder what is inside, so she opens it.
Inside are pictures of 12 different women and she wonders what their stories are.
Grace begins to investigate, and is soon drawn in by their stories. She learns through her research that the women in the pictures were silent difference makers during the war. They were sent to Occupied Europe as couriers and radio operators to aid the resistance, but they never returned home. Their story is one of mystery and intrigue.
I love historical fiction novels, and this one ranks up there as one of my favorites. You will be thinking about this story long after you’ve closed the book.
— Amy Handley
“Pam Jenoff specializes in finding a piece of history that has not been fully explored and that often leaves one thinking truth is stranger than fiction. In The Lost Girls of Paris, she returns to WWII but this time her protagonists are a group of British women recruited to blend into the French countryside and sabotage the Nazi network in preparation for D-Day. The story, told from the perspective of three women, ties up a whodunit in a satisfying knot with a little romance, but it’s really a lot more about women finding out who they are and what role they can play in making a difference in the world.”
— Cathy Fiebach, Main Point Books, Wayne, PA
"Fraught with danger, filled with mystery, and meticulously researched, The Lost Girls of Paris is a fascinating tale of the hidden women who helped to win the war." --Lisa Wingate, New York Times bestselling author of Before We Were Yours
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 secret agents during World War II. 1946, Manhattan One morning while passing through Grand Central Terminal on her way to work, Grace Healey 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 network 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. A Cosmopolitan Best Book Club Book, PopSugar Must-Read, and Glamour Best of 2019
"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