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About Code Name Sapphire:
“A heart-wrenching exploration of the decisions women must make when their loyalties are put to the test.” –Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary
A woman must rescue her cousin’s family from a train bound for Auschwitz in this riveting tale of bravery and resistance, from the bestselling author of The Lost Girls of Paris
1942. Hannah Martel has narrowly escaped Nazi Germany after her fiancé was killed in a pogrom. When her ship bound for America is turned away at port, she has nowhere to go but to her cousin Lily, who lives with her family in Brussels. Fearful for her life, Hannah is desperate to get out of occupied Europe. But with no safe way to leave, she must return to the dangerous underground work she thought she had left behind.
Seeking help, Hannah joins the Sapphire Line, a secret resistance network led by a mysterious woman named Micheline and her enigmatic brother Matteo. But when a grave mistake causes Lily’s family to be arrested and slated for deportation to Auschwitz, Hannah finds herself torn between her loyalties. How much is Hannah willing to sacrifice to save the people she loves?
Inspired by incredible true stories of courage and sacrifice, Code Name Sapphire is a powerful novel about love, family and the unshakable resilience of women in even the hardest of times.
Look for these other riveting novels by New York Times bestselling author, Pam Jenoff:
- The Kommandant’s Girl
- The Ambassador’s Daughter
- The Diplomat’s Wife
- The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach
- The Orphan’s Tale
- The Lost Girls of Paris (see my review)
- The Woman with the Blue Star
About the Author:
Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including CODE NAME SAPPHIRE (to be released Feb 2023), NYT bestsellers THE WOMAN WITH THE BLUE STAR, THE LOST GIRLS OF PARIS, THE ORPHAN’S TALE and THE DIPLOMAT’S WIFE, as well as THE KOMMANDANT’S GIRL, which received widespread acclaim, earned her a nomination for the Quill Awards and became an international bestseller.
She previously served as a Foreign Service Officer for the U.S. State Department in Europe, as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon and as a practicing attorney at a large firm and in-house. She received her juris doctor from the University of Pennsylvania, her masters degree in history from Cambridge University and her bachelors degree in international affairs from The George Washington University.
Pam Jenoff lives with her husband, three children and five pets near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school at Rutgers.
“Pam Jenoff brings her storytelling talent to Belgium with this fast-paced, heart-pounding tale of love, family, and the perils of resistance. Get your tissues ready for the final few chapters; Code Name Sapphire will break your heart and, at the same time, remind you of the courage and resilience of the human spirit.” —New York Times bestselling author Kristin Harmel
“From the opening scene to the final page, Code Name Sapphire will not let you go… This is a heart-racing and inspiring story of courage, family, and deep love.” —Patti Callahan Henry, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Book of Flora Lea
“This is beloved Pam Jenoff at her masterful best, an unforgettable story of the abiding bonds of friendship and family with enough twists and turns to keep you turning pages long into the night.” —Adriana Trigiani, bestselling author of The Good Left Undone
“Engrossing and emotionally stirring…A heart-wrenching exploration of the decisions women must make when their loyalties are put to the test in the most unimaginable of circumstances.” —Sarah Penner, New York Times bestselling author of The Lost Apothecary
Grounded in history, Jenoff’s latest captivating WWII tale entwines heartrending journeys of survival, betrayal, and human connection. —Booklist –This text refers to the hardcover edition.
I know I keep saying I am off of WWII books and then I am here with another WWII book. The Nazis are just everywhere in publishing lately. They are hard to escape. This tale involves a network of resistance fighters working to help downed pilots in Belgium.
It’s a fast, exciting read and becomes even more poignant when one of the women on the Sapphire Line uses her contacts to help save her own family from the horrors of Auschwitz. Was it what she should have done? She questions that but it was certainly the right thing to do.
The book is based in fact which makes it all the more remarkable. There were so many ordinary people who did extraordinary things during the War. They should be remembered – even if only for the deeds they performed.
A good read about ordinary people doing great things in bad times.