The Orphan's Tale

The Orphan's Tale

Book - 2017
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Look out for Pam's new book, The Lost Girls of Paris, a story of friendship and courage centered around three women and a ring of female spies during World War II.

A New York Times bestseller!

"Readers who enjoyed Kristin Hannah's The Nightingale and Sara Gruen's Water for Elephants will embrace this novel. " --Library Journal

"Secrets, lies, treachery, and passion.... I read this novel in a headlong rush." --Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival

Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep... When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night.

Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another--or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario :, Mira,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ♭2017
ISBN: 9780778330639
Characteristics: 344 pages


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Apr 15, 2019

Good, fast read but not as good as the Lost Girls of Paris, read that one first

Feb 27, 2019

A poorly-written story that seems to have been written only to swing along on the popularity of "Orphan Train" (a similar cover and title, and I would hope, a much better book) and the popularity of World War II stories in general, with a nod to the circus backdrop of the also-popular "Water For Elephants".
There's barely any mention of the particular orphan in this story; it seems more like a heartwarming and handy lure to have an orphan kicking around, just to get people to read the story.
The last few pages are a comically desperate attempt to wrap everything up.

Feb 22, 2019

I did enjoy a different aspect of this time in history with the circus acts, the rough life and how they hid Jewish people among them. It was a nice read, but the story somehow never really grabbed me.

Jul 15, 2018

overall very good. At one stage, devolved into romance novel intentions, but overall a good story

Jun 23, 2018

Despite the tragedies in this story, it is related in absolute truth We cannot forget history lest we repeat it.

Apr 25, 2018

Did not like this at all. Guess in these scary times, stories happier, and lighter, are much more welcome.

Apr 18, 2018

The story is a tale of survival, friendship and building trust by two women whose livelihoods are as arialists in a travelling circus in Vichy France during WWII. Both women from disparate
backgrounds are united by having been rejected by people they most loved in the world,
and their tenuous attempts to survive. Despite these backgrounds, they learn that the only way they can ultimately survive is to trust and rely on each other.

MariePat Mar 15, 2018

I really loved this book. It was an easy read and page turner. It is about 2 women working in a circus in the middle of World War II and the sacrifices they make for each other. I highly recommend!

Nov 25, 2017

Enjoyable reading mostly of the lives of two women during WW2 and the hardships they overcame. The understanding of the title doesn't come until the end. This is another view of some unforgotten people who survived or died during this war time. Easy read in large print.

CRRL_MegRaymond Nov 17, 2017

Babies given up and stolen. Circus performers who are best friends and bitter rivals. And Nazis.

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