Author: Pam Jenoff
Published: January 29, 2019
Reviewed By: Kim
Kim’s Rating: 4 stars
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
I’ve been eyeing this book for weeks now. It was on sale at Target so I snatched it up. I read it sitting on the beach in the sunshine and loved it! This is easily my favorite of Jenoff’s works. This book was far more plot driven than some of her others. I also loved the historical research side of this story. I kept asking myself why they didn’t just google some of the names of the girls, but then I had to remind myself that there was no internet back in 1946 . . . Duh. And did she portray government in a completely accurate light! T
he mystery surrounding the photos and the girls kept me guessing through the whole book. I would tell you why I gave it 4 stars, but I’d be giving away too much so I can’t. This is a really good look into espionage in WW2 and I liked all the detail. I think this is a great book for anyone who likes historical fiction. The characters were all likable and believable. I definitely recommend it!