Code Name Sapphire [Book Review] #HistoricalFiction @HTPBooks @ParkRowBooks

Code Name Sapphire by Pam Jenoff

Code Name Sapphire is a page-turning story of resistance, rescue and survival during WWII.

Code Name Sapphire by Pam Jenoff (cover) Image: a woman wearing a dark blue coat looks over her shoulder at the camera and shadows of planes are seen on the gold wall ahead of her

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.

HTP Books Winter 2023 Historical Fiction Blog Tours (collage of covers)

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?

My Thoughts:

The Resistance

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

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Meet the Author of Code Name Sapphire, Pam Jenoff

Author Pam Jenoff

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.


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  1. This sounds very interesting. I have been enjoying WWII stories, so I’m going to add this to my TBR.

  2. 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.

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