We will never know many of the stories of bravery, courage, and fortitude that occurred during World War 2. Many of these stories are lost to time, but that doesn’t make the people within these stories any less brave, any less, courageous, or any less gallant because their stories have never been told.
In the book, The Lost Girls of Paris, we meet three women who risked everything to be spies. These young girls were secreted into Paris under the nose of the Nazis, to help do what they could to see that Germany did not succeed in their quest to conquer Europe.
The book begins in 1946 when one of the characters, Grace, finds a suitcase containing pictures of young women. This seemingly innocuous event sets the scene for a journey that takes Grace on a quest to not only find the owner of the suitcase, but who these young women were. Her journey leads Grace into the world of spies, into a world where women were not considered able to do the job that these women were asked to do.
We meet Eleanor, the leader of the group, so willing to take on the onerous task of training these girls knowing that a simple mistake will cost them their lives. The girls knew this too, they knew that their mission placed them in terrible danger and yet, each and every one of them accepted that challenge with a valiant and stalwart determination. They were ready to serve, to die, to become something no other women had been before. They knew they were looking constantly into the face of death and yet, they persevered, knowing their lives could end at any moment.
Based on true events, Pam Jenoff has created a mesmerizing story, a tale of incredible daring, of heroic proportions, and one in which these young girls become a beacon for strength, resilience, and bravery beyond compare. This book is a tribute to all those unsung heroes, who risked everything in order for us today to live in freedom. Their sacrifices should always be remembered.
Thank you to Pam Jenoff, Harlequin-Park Row Publishing, and NetGalley for a copy of this awe inspiring book.
This book is due to be published on January 9, 2019.
Pam is the author of several novels, including her most recent The Orphan’s Tale, an instant New York Times bestseller. Pam was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor.
Following her work at the Pentagon, Jenoff moved to the State Department. In 1996 she was assigned to the U.S. Consulate in Krakow, Poland. It was during this period that Pam developed her expertise in Polish-Jewish relations and the Holocaust. Working on matters such as preservation of Auschwitz and the restitution of Jewish property in Poland, Jenoff developed close relations with the surviving Jewish community.
Having left the Foreign Service in 1998 to attend law school at the University of Pennsylvania, Jenoff is now employed as an attorney in Philadelphia.
Pam is the author of The Kommandant’s Girl, which was an international bestseller and nominated for a Quill award, as well as The Diplomat’s Wife and Almost Home.