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.
I enjoyed Orphan Train but cannot recommend this book - just did not make sense at times
4 1/2-5 star read. I loved Jenoff's latest book and thought it was a terrific read. Jenoff introduces us to three women who are the focal points in the book. We meet Grace, who discovers a suitcase in Grand Central Station in New York that links her to Eleanor. Eleanor had been recruited to train and deploy women agents to German occupied France during WWII. Marie was one of her agents, twelve of whom did not survive the end of the war and whose fate was never known officially. By telling each woman's individual story, we are able to piece together what happened to these brave women, forgotten by the government that sent them there and by time. But Grace persists and is able to find some truths. This book grabbed me right from the beginning and had me turning pages to find out what happened next. A terrific read.
If an author chooses to write a novel set in an historic period such as WWII she should at least get the basic facts correct. Early in the book Grace and her husband dream in 1944 about sailing on the Queen Elizabeth II - it was operated by Cunard as both a transatlantic liner and a cruise ship from 1969 to 2008. Josie says that her Indian brother has been missing since the "Battle of the Ardennes". Since the Normandy invasion had not taken place at the time she was speaking, there were not many British soldiers fighting in the Ardennes nor anywhere else in France. The Battle of the Ardennes, better known as the battle of the bulge did not take place until 16 December 1944 to 25 January 1945. Although the Germans invaded France via the Ardennes, the battles of the campaign were at Arras, Boulogne, Calais and Dunkirk. Early in the book Mark, Grace's husband's best friend, explains that he was unable to attend the funeral because he was overseas fighting. Later he states that he was at university throughout the war and them joined the war crimes service. Ms. Jenoff seems to have decided that WWII novels are her forte. She has lost all credibility with me with the gross errors sited and many more. She has lost a reader in me. Kristi & Abby Tabby
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