The Lost Girls of Paris is my first five-star read of the year! It’s an emotional tale full of strong female characters set during World War II. As soon as I started reading, I fell into Grace, Marie, and Eleanor’s world and didn’t want to leave until the very end.
First, there’s Grace. She lives in New York in 1946. On her way to work one morning, she finds an abandoned suitcase with photographs of a few girls. Intrigued, Grace is determined to find out who these women are, what happened to them, and why their photos were in that abandoned suitcase. Along the way we find out more about Grace’s own heartbreaking war story.
Then there’s Marie. She is a young English woman living in London in 1944. She is recruited by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) for deployment to France due to her excellent French skills. After a whirlwind training in which her limits are tested and strong friendships are formed, she is dropped into France for a dangerous covert mission.
Finally, there’s Eleanor. She heads up the female operatives of SOE. Although she doesn’t have children of her own, she feels responsible for all of her girls in the field. After the war, that feeling of responsibility does not diminish. She is determined to find out what happened all of the SOE women who did not make it home.
The Lost Girls of Paris sucked me in, had me on the edge of my seat, broke my heart, and ultimately left me with hope. It’s got all of the ingredients for an excellent read: strong characters, moral ambiguity, lots of tension, love, betrayal, and so much more. If historical fiction with strong female characters is your thing, then The Lost Girls of Paris is for you.
Thank you to the publisher and Bookish First for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.