The Lost Girls of Paris

The Lost Girls of Paris

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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.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Park Row Books, 2019
ISBN: 9780778330271
0778330273
Description: 10 identical volumes in tote bag ; 36 x 45 x 16 cm

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In 1946, Grace Healy found a suitcase of women's pictures that led her to an amazing story of secret agents who never came home. This fast-paced novel is inspired by true accounts of the heroic acts of twelve brave women.


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grammycarol49
Aug 13, 2020

A WWll story of women who went above and beyond the call of duty to help their country and the war effort against Germany and were betrayed. And the story of a woman who wanted to help make things right for them. I want to read more by this author.

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Zoelexi777
Aug 08, 2020

Great story about ordinary women who played an important role during WWII. If you enjoy historical fiction you will really enjoy this book.

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Jenkskitten
Jul 28, 2020

Two stories in one that intertwine. One tells of the women who worked with the French resistance. Actually girls, with no military status, no protection from their country and no benefits to their families who turned up missing. The other happens after the war, is an accident that set another young woman wondering just who are these women, what really happened to them and why. Hard to put down after the scene is set as you are sucked into their lives. This is a page turner story.

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tallboot
Jul 25, 2020

Was disappointed with the author's telling of the story. She could have gone into more detail on the atrocities on this period in history for her characters. Instead, the author glossed over most of it and made it into more of a quasi-love story.

0Charlie Jul 14, 2020

This is a unique story, based on fact, from World War II. It is the story of British civilians recruited by Special Operations Executive, a department created to cause havoc through sabotage and subversion, basically to divert and confuse the enemy while greater events are transpiring. The unique part is that these civilians are women - chosen to infiltrate French society and work as agents, couriers, radio operators. I enjoyed the slow revealing of the stories as Grace, in postwar New York, finds photos that cause her to investigate this story from the war. The characters are fleshed out enough to make them interesting - families, lovers, jobs - but it is the cool situation of having these young women fight for their country, in a very special and secret way. Enjoyable.

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bthek
Apr 28, 2020

I found this implausible to say the least. For a historical understanding start with Madame Fourcade's Secret War by Lynne Olson. A much better and more interesting book, even though is it non-fiction.

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amm3607
Apr 27, 2020

Highly recommend! History, mystery, and women's empowerment.

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sandramerlo
Apr 04, 2020

The premise of the story is plausible and fascinating. Unlike The Orphan's Tale, however, the characters are never fully developed. At no time did I feel any real insight into the women who were based on real characters. Perhaps one problem is that the author had never been in a life-threatening situation herself and could not describe the true reactions of the women's bodies. And to let them make stupid decisions, ones they were trained not to make, was inexcusable.

It is still a good read because the story itself is really amazing--that the British were able to put women on the ground as part of the resistance in France is chilling and brilliant. But, and a big but, these women needed REAL, visceral reasons for going. Better pay does not work...especially when one of the lead characters leaves a small child at home.

The author has proved she can write a mesmerizing novel and perhaps she rushed through this one. It could have been much more than it is.

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dschirmer
Feb 29, 2020

When reading this book I was able to transport myself into the story , which I would usually warrant a 4 star rating- I really did read this quickly and enjoy the story.

However, I am leaving this as a 3 because two major parts of the story I had a hard time with.
1) I could not understand Grace's fascination of the photos which kicks off the whole story. There is no reason for her to have ANY desire to go on the goose chase that she does- and because of that, for me, the whole story line is a stretch.
2) Call me a cynic but I struggle with believing romance in most stories and the love story Marie finds herself in is no exception. She has a child at home and she throws all caution to the wind for someone she barely knows and only has had some intense eye contact with? PUH-lease

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Sheila1975
Feb 13, 2020

thought it was a great book with a lot of interesting facts as well as building a very good story line. Characters were really interesting-would recommend it for sure!

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