The Book of Lost Names – Kristin Harmel (ARC Release 7.21.2020)

Eva Traube has been given word from a friend that there is to be a mass round up of Jews. Thousands! She is a little hesitant, as these rumors have been crossing lips the last few months and as of yet they have not heard or saw of anything happening. She tells her mother and father, and her father sets Eva up with a plan if something were to happen. But he kind of brushes it off also.

One morning, the neighbor woman asks them to watch her children, she needs to take her mother to the doctor and no one else can help. Although this neighbor has made it very clear she despises them because they are Jews, they agree to watch her girls, it is only right to be kind. Talk about right place, at the right time! While her mother, and her are with the girls, her father is taken.

Her mother is distraught and cannot believe this has happened, and Eva has to pull all the strength she can together, to save her and her mother now. She heads to the one person her father told her to go to for help. He is not very forthcoming and says he cannot help both, but only Eva as that was her fathers instructions. He gives Eva some items and a few tips and she hurries back to the apartment.

Eva decides she is going to forge some documents and get them out of there. It is her only hope at this point, and she cannot do nothing. Her mother is beyond help, and wants to go to the camp where her husband has been taken. Eva and her mother flee, and thankfully they make it to where her father had told her to run. To the Free Zone. Her mother is angry and sad. It is all Eva’s fault, and now their father will never find them since they ran. She wants to go back to Paris and is determined to convince Eva of this.

Eva’s forged documents raise some eyebrows, but it is not in the sense of getting caught. It is in the sense of her skills are just what is needed to help others. Eva gets sought out, and agrees to help forge some documents, they are to help smuggle children to Switzerland. How could she say no, these poor children did nothing wrong to deserve this. Days, turn into weeks and soon it has been months and Eva has made huge progress in increasing their operation, as well as doing good.

Decades later, Eva is working in the library as usual when she comes across a newspaper that has been left open on a table. She nearly faints! It can’t be! Someone found The Book of Lost Names, she thought it was forever lost. They are trying to find the owner, and want that person to come forward with information about the code inside as well. Eva can hardly believe her eyes. She must go back! She just has to, the children and an answer she has wondered her whole life could be in there.

What is the code that was placed in this book, and what answer is Eva looking for. She boards a plane headed east, and walks back into her past, and a place she never thought she’d go back to. Thank you to Shelf Pro Awareness and the publisher, Simon & Schuster for sending me an ARC!

I really really really enjoyed this novel, and literally inhaled it in less than a day! It is such fast paced reading and it is amazing the different things these people did during the war to save others!


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~Goodreads – About the Author ~


Kristin Harmel is the #1 international bestselling and USA Today bestselling author of THE BOOK OF LOST NAMES, THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE, and a dozen other novels that have been translated into numerous languages and sold all over the world.

A former reporter for PEOPLE magazine, Kristin has been writing professionally since the age of 16, when she began her career as a sportswriter, covering Major League Baseball and NHL hockey for a local magazine in Tampa Bay, Florida in the late 1990s. After stints covering health and lifestyle for American Baby, Men’s Health, and Woman’s Day, she became a reporter for PEOPLE and spent more than a decade working for the publication, covering everything from the Super Bowl to high-profile murders to celebrity interviews with the likes of Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey, OutKast, Justin Timberlake, and Patrick Dempsey. Her favorite stories at PEOPLE, however, were the “Heroes Among Us” features—tales of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. One of those features—the story of Holocaust-survivor-turned-philanthropist Henri Landwirth (whom both Walter Cronkite and John Glenn told Kristin was the most amazing person they’d ever known)—partially inspired Kristin’s 2012 novel, The Sweetness of Forgetting, which was a bestseller all over the world.

In addition to a long magazine writing career (which also included articles published in Travel + Leisure, Glamour, Ladies’ Home Journal, Every Day with Rachael Ray, and more), Kristin was also a frequent contributor to the national television morning show The Daily Buzz—where her assignments included flying to London three times to interview the cast of the Harry Potter films. She has appeared on Good Morning America and numerous local television morning shows–and even stumbled into a role as an extra in the 2003 American Idol movie while awaiting an interview with Kelly Clarkson.

Kristin was born just outside Boston, Massachusetts and spent her childhood there, as well as in Columbus, Ohio, and St. Petersburg, Florida. After graduating with a degree in journalism (with a minor in Spanish) from the University of Florida, she spent time living in Paris and Los Angeles and now lives in Orlando, with her husband and young son. She travels frequently to France for book research (and—let’s be honest—for the pastries and wine) and writes a book a year for Gallery Books/Simon & Schuster.

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