Code Name Sapphire by Pam Jenoff
Code Name Sapphire is a page-turning story of resistance, rescue and survival during WWII.
Genre/Categories/Setting: Historical Fiction, WW11, Resistance Movement, Jewish, Brussels (Belgium)
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My Summary of Code Name Sapphire:
Welcome to my stop on the Harlequin Trade Publishing Winter 2023 Historical Fiction Blog Tour. Thanks #NetGalley @HTPBooks @ParkRowBooks for a complimentary e ARC of #CodeNameSapphire upon my request. All opinions are my own.
Hannah has escaped from Nazi-occupied Europe, but her ship bound for America is turned away and she is forced to follow an alternative plan. When the ship stops in Brussels, she hopes that her cousin Lily will vouch for her and take her in. Fearful that her past will catch up to her and that the Nazis are hunting her, she turns to the Resistance Movement (the Sapphire Line) led by Micheline and Mateo for help. Unfortunately, Hannah makes a mistake that puts Lily and her family at risk of arrest and ultimate deportation to Auschwitz. Can she save the people she loves? Has she jeopardized the Sapphire Line? Will anyone escape?
Reading about spying and resistance movements is always a fascinating element of WWII history. In Code Name Sapphire we learn how the Sapphire Line (inspired by the Comet Line) rescued downed pilots, and about the sabotage of a train on its way to Auschwitz, liberating as many prisoners as possible. Other books I’ve read about brave women spies or women in resistance movements include Code Name Helene, The Invisible Woman, Resistance Women, The Alice Network, The Nightingale, The Last Train to London, the Winter Orphans, The Postmistress of Paris, The Daughters of War, The Book of Lost Names, and Sisters of Night and Fog.
Intense and Page Turning
The nature of spying and resistance adds generous sides of thriller, intensity, and tension to the story as we fear for Hannah, the safety of her family, and members of the resistance.
Three Courageous Women
Code Name Sapphire is enhanced through the unique perspectives of Hannah, Lily, and Micheline.
Compelling themes include resilience, bravery, risk-taking, sacrifice, courage, difficult choices, betrayal, sisterhood, hope, and survival.
Recommending Code Name Sapphire
I’m recommending this powerful and memorable story for fans of WWII historical fiction, for readers who appreciate stories of brave women in the Resistance Movement, and for those who love sides of thriller with their histfic stories.
Content Consideration: war atrocities, violence, detention camp horrors, dismal situations
My Rating: 4.5 Stars
Meet the Author of Code Name Sapphire, Pam Jenoff
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I read The Nightingale which also has something similar to the Comet Line subtly included into the story. This one sounds great, Carol. Thanks for sharing! 😀
Oh that’s right! I forgot about Nightingale! Thanks for the reminder!
This sounds very interesting. I have been enjoying WWII stories, so I’m going to add this to my TBR.
I love Pam Jenoff’s books! I’ve been on the waitlist for this one for weeks.
I hope it’s a good read for you!
Yes, this book is on my TBR. I enjoy reading stories inspired by true events and people, as well as books by Pam Jenoff. Wonderful review Carol, and thanks for the link to the Comet Line.
The content was a bit heavier than I was expecting. But maybe I’m on WWII overload!
That happens, Carol. I had to give WWII books a break for awhile for that reason, now I am ready to read them again.
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