Monday, 11 February 2019

Audio: The Lost Girls of Paris - Pam Jenoff


Narrated by: Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, Candace Thaxton
Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 01-29-19
Language: English
Publisher: Harlequin Audio
Thank you Harper for this copy!
Historical fiction

My Thoughts
This one has 3 POVS and takes place in 1944 and 1946.

In 1944 Eleanor Trigg gets permission to starts a women's division for "spies" to be sent to France. Women can blend in more than men can at that time, but even though she wants this she also wants to make sure the women can take care of themselves.

Marie is one of the women that gets sent to France. She is unlikely to make it and we follow her to a dangerous time. Oh Marie, some of the decisions she made. 

In 1946 Clare finds 12 photographs and tries to find out what happened to those women.

It's not the first book I read about female radio operators, messengers and saboteurs in France. And Germany's Nacht und Nebel program. So I knew it would be sad. But there is always hope and I kept that hope until the end.

Considering Clare's pov was only 2 years later that felt weird. Sure things were fresh in everyone's mind, but, oh I do not know. Maybe cos the author wanted to mention other things still going on then. I also felt that Clare should have made another decision at the end, no spoilers ;)

The France bits were obviously exciting. The training they had to have to make it. I still remember this other book were a woman looks the wrong before crossing the street and gets taken by the Germans that way. I could sure not have done it.

Conclusion:
A good book that reminds us that men were not the only ones fighting in the WWII

NarratioN
Elizabeth Knowelden, Henrietta Meire, Candace Thaxton
I liked that there were 3 different narrators. That did make it see the povs clearer. They all did well and had different voices that fitted their characters

Blurb
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 

24 comments:

  1. My mom told me she wanted to be a spy when she was a young girl. I bet she'd love this book.

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  2. These books are always so interesting!

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  3. That sounds like a really interesting story line.

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  4. I like there are three narrators. I have been thinking I might listen to this at some point. Yes women sure played important roles in WW2, don't think I could have. Oh no now I will have to see what decision Clare made!!

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    1. I could so not have done it. I would have been to scared. Ia m more the sniper on the roof that hides

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  5. Great review Blodeuedd, I want the audio of this too!

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  6. Interesting I really don't know much about this part of WWII history. Maybe if I watched a movie...

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  7. I love it too when they get as many narrators as there are POVs! It not only makes it more realistic, it also helps make it less confusing.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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  8. I really like it when books with more than one point of view use a different narrator for each character. This one sounds interesting.

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  9. Dangerous and sad times! Sounds like a great story and I like having a different narrator for each of the main ladies.

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  10. I've had my eye on this one- women spies!- so I'm glad that you thought it was good. I'm used to a two-timeline story being more than two years apart, too. Interesting.

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    1. That was strange, but there is a reason for it, still...strange

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  11. Yesss, I am glad women are getting their appreciation finally. I'm seeing more and more books and movies about the women lately.

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  12. I have this one qued up to listen to. I hope I enjoy it as much as you did. I do love books set in this era!

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