This plot kind of lost steam 2/3 of the way through, and I lost interest. I might pick it up again later to finish.
Inspired by true events, this novel starts in 1946 and goes back to 1943 to follow Eleanor Trigg and a network she developed deploying women telegraph operators behind enemy lines in France during WW2.
This is the story of three women, Grace, Eleanor, and Marie. Grace finds a photographs of 12 women in an abandoned suitcase in Grand Central Station in NYC. When Grace learns the woman run down that morning is Eleanor, she feels compelled to find out more about Grace and 'her girls' in the photos. The more Grace investigates the more we learn about the British SOE network. Is Grace putting herself in danger?
The whole story was a compelling read I found hard to put down.
Another incredible book by Pam Jenoff. So interesting to read fiction based on actual events from WWII. Wow what a great author! Looking forward to reading another one of her books.
Just finished this book as the anniversary of the Normandy Invasion is being remembered. Great time to be reading this quite enjoyable story. Some people need to remember that this a work of fiction and that perhaps the three lines in the book that confirmed that the two characters were in love with each other should not be how you judge this entire story. It was interesting to read about the resistance and these women who were helping them out. Without both of these groups of people perhaps we would not be able to write or read books about this topic.
I enjoyed meeting these women - both Grace in the present -and those in the past and involved with the war. It was an easy read and confirms that there are good strong people in this world that are willing to give up their life for the greater good of all people.
Loved this book. I found it very easy to read. Fantastic storyline, especially if you aren’t getting too intensely preoccupied with the reality of the historical events. People who have given it bad ratings are taking a fictional novel too seriously. Too me it was entertaining and kept me interested without having to get too in depth.
This promised to be a riveting story based on reality. Unfortunately there were so many unbelievable events as well as needless romantic encounters that it lost credibility for me. The character of Marie leaves her young daughter behind somewhere in East Angelia to be dropped into occupied France with hardly a thought. She almost immediately falls in love with Julian (read strong jawed and stand-offish) and seems willing to sacrifice everything for this man she hardly knows. Too many glaring errors and ridiculous sub-plots to make this believable. I couldn’t wait to finish it.
This certainly did not to justice to the brave women (and men) in the UK that went to France to disrupt the German occupation and who helped end the war.
An entertaining, page-turner. Although loosely historical, Jenoff highlights the many unsung heroes of the SOE, specifically the female operatives who risked everything for the greater good.
An interesting fictional tale loosely based on historical facts. It could be more historically accurate, but from an entertainment point of view a good read.
1/2 star for choosing a great topic. Minus umpteen stars for writing style - I cant believe I bothered to finish the book. Amongst the multitude of errors in timeline and historical truths mentioned in other reviews, the author completely ignores the Wartime’s Secrets Act. Marie would never have discussed her participation in SOE with anyone, let alone a citizen, let alone details of missions and names of other participants, particularly in 1946!! I rolled my eyes at least a few times on most pages - the dialogue was so false and included details that should have been in non-dialogue text - but only book I had on a 3 week holiday and a friend gave it to me so I felt obligated to finish. At least it has sparked an interest in reading some non-fiction on the topic now that the WSA has expired.
Disappointing, slow-paced, and boring. This could have and should have been a page-turner. It isn't. Although the book is based on a true story, it lost credibility for me when the I read about Grace learning of Eleanor's death while watching the news on television at a restaurant in NYC.
Other people have noted other glaring historical mistakes. While television was being broadcast in NYC in 1946, it is highly unlikely restaurants and bars had TVs to entertain their patrons.
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