Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
The Book of Lost Names
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
Inspired by an astonishing true story from World War II, a young woman with a talent for forgery helps hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis in this unforgettable historical novel from the international bestselling author of the epic and heart-wrenching World War II tale (Alyson Noel, #1 New York Times bestselling author) The Winemakers Wife. Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired librarian in Florida, is shelving books one morning when her eyes lock on a photograph in a magazine lying open nearby. She freezes; its an image of a book she hasnt seen in sixty-five yearsa book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names. The accompanying article discusses the looting of libraries by the Nazis across Europe during World War IIan experience Eva remembers welland the search to reunite people with the texts taken from them so long ago. The book in the photograph, an eighteenth-century religious text thought to have been taken from France in the waning days of the war, is one of the most fascinating cases. Now housed in Berlins Zentral- und Landesbibliothek library, it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers dont know where it came fromor what the code means. Only Eva holds the answerbut will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war? As a graduate student in 1942, Eva was forced to flee Paris after the arrest of her father, a Polish Jew. Finding refuge in a small mountain town in the Free Zone, she begins forging identity documents for Jewish children fleeing to neutral Switzerland. But erasing people comes with a price, and along with a mysterious, handsome forger named Rmy, Eva decides she must find a way to preserve the real names of the children who are too young to remember who they really are. The records they keep in The Book of Lost Names will become even more vital when the resistance cell they work for is betrayed and Rmy disappears. An engaging and evocative novel reminiscent of The Lost Girls of Paris and The Alice Network, The Book of Lost Names is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of bravery and love in the face of evil.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
blurb
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Thank you so much Debra!! You are so sweet 🥰 I‘m really looking forward to reading this one!! I LOVE the bookmark!!

#LitsyLove
#Bookmail

Kdgordon88 So glad it arrived. 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kdgordon88 ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
62 likes2 comments
review
terryduncan5719
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
Pickpick

Very very good and very satisfying ending. I recommend it very much!

review
Maryjoe236
Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

Still reading this but so far I really like it. … I finished this and while I generally liked it including the ending, I thought there were some slow parts. Also I wished she tied up some loose ends by telling some of the children‘s stories after they escaped.

review
sleepy.ash87
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

This is the first historical fiction novel I've read in a long while. It painted an excellent (though terrifying and heartbreaking) image of WWII France and how those who were Jewish were being "erased." It's the story of a brave woman who attempts to preserve the identities of young children by placing their names into a code. A story about many forms of love, perseverance, sacrifice, and loyalty; It was an emotional and moving experience for me.

10 likes1 stack add
review
ElleSkel
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

So happy I tried this one! This book made me feel a bit of every emotion and really opened the door to questions about why people behave the way they do. This was a great story about a heartbreaking time in history.
It is worth it to mention that I alternated reading the hardcover and listening to the audio and the chapters actually lined up! Bonus!
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

review
suvata
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

Eva is a semi-retired librarian in Florida. Shelving books one morning, she sees the image of a book she hasn‘t seen in sixty-five years—a book she recognizes as The Book of Lost Names. The book is housed in a French library and it appears to contain some sort of code, but researchers have no idea what the code means. Only Eva holds the answer—but will she have the strength to revisit old memories and help reunite those lost during the war?

sprainedbrain Love the cover! 6mo
52 likes1 comment
blurb
Sharpeipup
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

I met her!
(Local author Kristin Harmel)

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!!!! 7mo
Gissy 🎉🎉🎉👏👏👏 7mo
DrSpalding I loved the lost book of names! Lucky you! 7mo
tpixie Awesomeness ! 6mo
48 likes1 stack add4 comments
review
AmyK1
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

“Sometimes, something as simple as a pen and a bit of imagination can alter the course of history.”

I raced through this story about Eva, a document forger who saved hundreds of lives in WWII France. While it‘s a work of fiction it is based on real people who risked their lives to save others. Loved it and the end had me in tears ❤️😢

FelinesAndFelonies This was my #1 book last year! 8mo
Insightsintobooks I loved this book! ❤ 7mo
51 likes2 stack adds2 comments
review
Readswithcoffee
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

I really like this WWII historical fictional novel in which the main character is a document forger for the French Resistance. It was interesting in that its focus is not on the concentration camps, but rather life on the outside. Although I found Eva‘s mother to be unlikable, I am glad the character was included as she provided contrast and depth. I‘m glad I listened to the audiobook for the pronunciation of the French names.

40 likes2 stack adds
blurb
SilversReviews
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
blurb
Librariana
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Got to pick up some items from my local indie that I had ordered back in January 😊

And while I was there, I couldn't resist the temptation of bringing the tagged title home with me along with:

• Klara and the Sun
• The Paris Library and
• What I Carry

#bookhaul #shopindie #shoplocal

JamieArc This looks like a great stack! 8mo
Librariana @JamieArc - Thank you, Jamie! I think so, too! Hehehe 😁 Then again, I might be a little biased 😉 I had been eagerly anticipating and waiting for some of these titles for a while! 8mo
42 likes1 stack add2 comments
review
Redwritinghood
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Mehso-so

This was pretty typical of the genre - resistance in WWII France, some romance, etc., but I felt that the dialogue was rather wooden and the part that should have been an exciting climax felt so slow. It‘s not a bad book and it is an interesting story based on real events. 2.5⭐️

blurb
Graciouswarriorprincess
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Use my link and then you can sign up too! https://share.simonandschuster.com/akallas

tpixie Cool!! 9mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @tpixie. Share my link too to friends. Maybe we can win for the book club! 9mo
29 likes3 comments
review
mcctrish
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

I quite enjoyed this story involving the French Resistance. I cried at the end. This pic is of the valentine charcuterie box I ordered from a small local company to celebrate Love Day in style with. One of the positive things to come about because of Covid and lockdowns has been discovering new to me small local companies that I am thankful to support ❤️

LeahBergen That looks lovely! 10mo
tpixie Yummy 😋 9mo
52 likes1 stack add3 comments
blurb
mcctrish
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

It‘s a Long Weekend in most of Canada 🇨🇦 thank god 🙏🏻 and some really sweet coasters I ordered from a maker in BC arrived this morning. Just in time for my reading and tea drinking enjoyment ❤️ in case anyone is interested here is a link https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/LettersAndNature

wanderinglynn What fun coasters! 🍻 10mo
mcctrish @wanderinglynn I spotted them in a post of someone I follow on IG and I‘ve been stalking the maker since waiting for a drop 😂 10mo
tpixie Thanks for the link! That coaster is great!! 9mo
56 likes3 comments
review
amsu311
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

Sad and Happy...Love, Love, Love...
#GoodReads2021Challenge

blurb
mcctrish
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Getting back to this and my valentine pillows I ordered came today. Such a soft pink I think my red living room can handle them

Booknerd2 I adored that book! 💜💜💜 10mo
mcctrish I only read a chapter or two @Booknerd2 and then I don‘t know why I got sidetracked 🤷🏻‍♀️but I‘m right back in it now 10mo
See All 8 Comments
mcctrish @BookishMarginalia they are so soft ( I bought 2) I live in a house of all boys and I think it‘s important for my mental health to have some pretty things 10mo
BookishMarginalia I agree! 10mo
tpixie @mcctrish l love the pillow! ! Where did you find it? 9mo
tpixie @mcctrish thanks! 9mo
57 likes1 stack add8 comments
review
Wanders.In.Stories
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

This book had me crying real tears at the end...just wow...and only took me two days to race through! I‘m close to 60 and my eyes always get too tired to read like I did when I was young, but this book grabbed me and I ran with it! Tears of grief or joy? Find out for yourself!

quote
Wanders.In.Stories
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

‘It seemed murdering people who differed from the masses was a tale as old as time.‘

blurb
TheSpineView
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

#JumpIntoJanuary @Eggs
#Lost

Another one that is on my TBR list! 😋📚

69 likes1 stack add
blurb
Danay
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

2021 #1 Happy New Year! Book #1 done! And it was a good one!

5 likes1 stack add
review
LibrarianBecky
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

I was so excited to get this book for Christmas!! It was so good .. I practically finished it in one sitting!! I highly recommend this book!! It even has info in the back of the book about how the author came up with the storyline! 🥰

SilversReviews LOVED it!! 11mo
13 likes1 comment
blurb
Crazeedi
Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

#Day2 #12Booksof2020 @Andrew65
This was a great story of a womans determination to remember the ones she assisted during the war. Another 5 star

Andrew65 This looks great. 11mo
lynneamch Do you watch her on Friends and Fiction? It's live on Wednesday nights but they've put most of their episodes on YouTube. She actually owns the book that she used for inspiration. 11mo
Crazeedi @lynneamch no I didn't! But I did read about that. Amazing 11mo
67 likes5 stack adds3 comments
blurb
WOWreader
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

marleed So pretty! 12mo
5 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
monkeygirlsmama
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

5 Stars!!!!
Read. This. Book. 💙♥️💙♥️💙♥️♥️

quote
monkeygirlsmama
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

As the main character is called, I too am a petit rat de bibliothèque aka a little book rat. 📚🐁

The 2nd is/was also me. Married at 18 and clueless as to who I was on my own when my husband left me just shy of 20 yrs later.

The 3rd... I try to encourage my girls to be exactly who they are, but I know I do so through my own lense. I hope to be better at avoiding putting so much emphasis on my lense so that I can support them through theirs. ♥️

quote
tpixie
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

💗💗💗💗
This was a great book!!
💗💗💗💗

Sills @tpixie I have this book haven't read it yet though. Good to know you liked it 👍 12mo
tpixie @Sills It‘s based on a true story and her research that you read about at the end is really cool. If I had more time I‘d read all the books that she used to research! I just messaged you the link to the Facebook talk that they had this afternoon I only got to watch part of it so I‘m excited to see there‘s a replay (edited) 12mo
Sills @tpixie yes I saw that thank you I might try to catch the taped version as I missed the talk also👍 12mo
tpixie @Sills I think it should be ok, even if you haven‘t read it. I watched it last night 12mo
40 likes1 stack add4 comments
blurb
KathyWheeler
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Today‘s #FeastMode reading. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, I basically did nothing but read. Today I have other things to do, so I probably won‘t finish this today.

quote
tpixie
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

“ books bring us to another time and place“
💚📚💚

blurb
tpixie
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Now starting a new adventure! It‘s starting off great!

Crazeedi This was a great book 12mo
tpixie @Crazeedi oh good!!!!! I just started but the main character seems like a feisty old lady who was feisty as a young girl (edited) 12mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @tpixie I have this in a pile to read. 12mo
See All 6 Comments
tpixie @Graciouswarriorprincess we have so many piles! 12mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @tpixie Lol! Yes!😊📚 12mo
60 likes4 stack adds6 comments
review
LisaLovesToRead
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
Pickpick

A great book!

review
MelKelsey
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Mehso-so

Book 134

I listened to this novel about a Jewish girl who makes illegal documents to help people escape during WWII. The book has received a lot of hype, but it felt like so many other books in the genre. The end has a surprise twist that left me feeling a little sad.

blurb
KathyWheeler
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Tonight‘s “waiting for a hurricane to be over” reading.

review
paulareadsallthetime
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I have read many Historical Fiction books based on WWII. This is the first book that has told the story of the forgers. The forgers were very important to the effort to save Jews and others from imprisonments and death at the hands of the Nazis. This book also interweaves a story line about books that the Germans stole as WW II was ending and the effort to return them to their rightful owners after the war needed.

daisyheadmaesie Great review! I'm adding this to my list. 14mo
8 likes1 stack add1 comment
review
janeycanuck
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

I LOVED this. This was essentially a one-sitting read for me, getting up only when absolutely necessary. I appreciated that the flashes to current day were limited and not just filler to pad out the page count. The story of Eva and her family was so compelling, so moving, so inspiring!

33 likes1 stack add
blurb
janeycanuck
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Ooh, how serendipitous! Last week, I was picking up a library hold and the librarian was processing a new book and suggested I might want to put it on hold. It sounded awesome so she added me to the list - and I was 78th in line. Today, I went in to pick up another hold and it was on the shelf as a 7-day quick pick! And my vacation starts tomorrow! Yay!

28 likes1 stack add
quote
lynneamch
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

"It's a Saturday morning, and I'm midway through my shift at the Winter Park Public Library when I see it."

review
FelinesAndFelonies
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

One of my favorite books this year. I loved it so much. There are some books you never want to end. This was one of them for me. It was the perfect pace and Harmel developed memorable characters that were so real... I was sad to close the book. Tears will fall.

blurb
lynneamch
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Just starting The Book of Lost Names, which seems a fitting match for #mortality. I've so enjoyed Kristin et. al on their Friends and Fiction FB live on Wednesday evenings. A bonus is this cover, which adds another image to my self-amusing collection of a woman hiding something #behindherback.
#SeptemberSenses @Eggs

Eggs Love Harmel and Giffin! Have you noticed how many HF covers show women walking away, their backs to the viewer 1y
lynneamch Yes @Eggs . Sometimes their heads are cut off and sometimes not. Wonder what goes into that decision. ??? 1y
tpixie I absolutely love this book! #BehindHerBack 9mo
31 likes1 stack add3 comments
review
Nitpickyabouttrains
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

A book of resistance in wwii. A women who helps with making fake papers takes risks to save more then just lives.

15 likes1 stack add
review
a.bookish.byrd
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

❤️

review
DrSpalding
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image
Pickpick

Awesome HF title. Opening lines take the reader to the Winter Park Public Library 15 minutes from my house!❤️📚

blurb
Reecaspieces
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Finally! TODAY #TheBookofLostNames (July 21st @GalleryBooks), @kristinharmel‘s instant NYT bestseller is back in stock everywhere! Snap up this “heart-stopping tale of survival and heroism” NOW! Buy now! http://bit.ly/BOLNisBack #historicalfiction #kristinharmel #gallerybooks

41 likes2 stack adds
blurb
Graciouswarriorprincess
The Book of Lost Names | Kristin Harmel
post image

Thank you to @simonbooks for this #goodreads win! I can‘t wait to read this book!

53 likes3 stack adds