Saturday, January 18, 2020

The Orphan's Tale

I am just catching up on some reviews of books I previously finished and only put on the Goodreads site.  I thoroughly enjoyed the Pam Jenoff book- The Orphan's Tale.  It was a very compelling and creative read.  It was a fascinating story and a different perspective on Nazi occupation and the impact on the civilian's lives.   I cannot wait to read more by Pam Jenoff.

Here is my review from Goodreads

The Orphan's TaleThe Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Amazing story telling

This is the first book by Pam Jenoff that I have read. I cannot wait to read the Lost Girls of Paris after reading The Orphan’s Tale. The story is an amazing tale told during the height of WWII. It gives us a glimpse of the circus life and a perspective on how the rise of the Nazis invaded everyday life in Germany and beyond. This is a story of survival as well as sorrow. Jenoff is an amazing storyteller that keeps you wanting more
I enjoyed the format of having 2 narrators and learning the story from both their perspectives. I appreciate that the storyline is given closure to the characters lives in the Epilogue. It’s nice to know what happens to everyone

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Challenge Tracking

The book fulfills prompts for several challenges:

Library Love (Book 4)

Alphabet Soup Author Edition #AlphabetSoupAuthorChallenge - "P"

AtoZ and Alphabet soup challenge #AlphabetSoupChallenge -"O"

Historic Fiction (Book 1)

TBR Book #1  Backlist Reader

Beat the Backlist #11 Wish you had read it sooner

Literary Escapes-  France

What's in a Name 
#5  Reference to Children

2020 TBR  #2020TBRReadingChallenge
#20 Historical Book

NJM #NJMBookChallenge2020
#20  A book by a new to you author

20 in 20 #Read20in2020
#18 a wartime book

52 Books in 52 weeks:
#47 Takes place on a form of transportation

Booklist Queen
#21  About a war

Popsugar- #popsugarreadingchallenge #27 with at least a 4 star rating on Goodreads

Possible prompts

I will decide as the year goes along which prompts I use it for on several challenges :

Around the Year in 52 Books:
#4 set in a time you wouldn't want to live- Nazi occupied France;
 #6 transportation- train
#11 book originally published in a year that is a prime number (2017);
#27 historical fiction
#43  book related to one of the four horseman of the apocalypse-  war

Wizarding World Tour  possible categories

  • Beauxbatons: set in Spain or France
  • Durmstrang:  Major combat
  • Hogwarts:  Involving a train


  1. FYI - I didn't care all that much for Lost Girls of Paris. I think she bit off more than she could chew. However, I heard that The Orphans Tale is one of her best.

  2. I’ve heard good things about this, thanks for sharing your thoughts