Still grieving and in shock from her own loss, she makes an impulsive decision to rescue one baby. Pam was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. I’m somewhere between 3.5 – 4 stars on this book.

I really enjoyed this World War II novel with a different setting. Hadn’t the world already given us challenges enough?”, “We cannot change who we are. Noa is a sixteen year old Dutch girl who cleans a German rail station in exchange for food and shelter.

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Trouble on the tracks! One evening she hears noises coming from a railway car in the station. The settings are brought vividly to life.

I am not a fan of the circus. Yes. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, See all details for The Orphan's Tale: A Novel, © 1996-2020,, Inc. or its affiliates. Noa was thrown out of her parents' home because she had become pregnant to a German soldier but needed to leave after the Germans took her baby. WWII Historical fiction AND the circus?!!?!?! Both Noa and Astrid find men whom they love and whom they must struggle to save. It felt like a silly romance novel at times. Noa became pregnant by a Nazi soldier during the occupation. However, I’m always interested in reading novels about circuses. That all said, I found the writing choppy, lacking a deep felt emotion of the characters (even the main ones) and thought the second half was a bit over-romanticized. She finds it filled with Jewish infants, some dead and some clinging to life.

Hounded by the Nazi menace, the Circus Neuhoff travels to a refuge in occupied France. This is a book I wish I'd written...the writing, the plot, the characters...I didn't want it to end. Set against the backdrop of a small traveling circus in western Europe during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale is rich with all the pain and angst you might imagine from that time. This is a story of two lost souls attempting to survive the War.

2,649 global ratings | 1,738 global reviews, Reviewed in the United States on June 30, 2018. There's a problem loading this menu right now. I did not. In 1934, she marries Erich, a German officer, and settles in Berlin. What they felt, I felt. We Insist: A Timeline Of Protest Music In 2020. The Orphan's Tale is a great example of this, telling a story about events and acts of bravery that I knew nothing about. The story starts in the present day as Astrid, now an elderly woman, travels from America to the Paris opening of a contemporary museum exhibit that highlights "Two Hundred Years of Circus Magic." Is this a work of fiction or non-fiction? And, yes, there is an orphan, in this case a Jewish baby, a parentless waif who must be kept safe at all costs.

When a train rumbles through the station where she has found work, the baby-bereft Noa discovers new purpose in a way both horrifying and miraculous.

Much of The Orphan's Tale focuses on the testy relationship between naïve Noa, fiercely protective of the little boy she is mothering, and acerbic Astrid, whose tumultuous past leads her to trust no one. As Noa made her way out of town, she came upon a train of Jewish infants left to die (talk about heartbreaking.). Pam is the author of several novels, including her most recent The Lost Girls of Paris and The Orphan's Tale, both instant New York Times bestsellers. However, the story was enchanting, in a way.

Other charcters (Luc, Herr Neuhoff, Gerda, Emmet) play roles that help the story and the conclusion (no spoilers) does account for the fate of all the characters. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Yes, at the center of the action there is indeed a train, the rolling caravansary of the venerable Circus Neuhoff, complete with elephants and glittering acrobat costumes.
A Jewish trapeze artist and a Dutch unwed mother bond, after much aerial practice, as the circus comes to Nazi-occupied France. I flew through the pages. Many may find a stronger emotional connection. It also analyzes reviews to verify trustworthiness. When you think about WW II you think of all the people that were taken by the Nazi's because of their different believes, like Gypsies and a lot more. This was the case of Noa, a 16th year old girl from the Netherlands who was raped by a German soldier and got pregnant by him. I go through several books a week. She's been there before. A circus train. I highly recommend this book to all book lovers; it is sure to enthrall everyone. Never thought too much about what happened to the circus people. We’d love your help. The entire romance felt very out-of-place to me. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. There were very few historical facts incorporated. The main character's behaviour is so far fetched as to be unbelievable. She was forced to give up the child for adoption and her parents could not forgive her transgressions.

Written by Pam Jenoff.

She was forced to give up the child for adoption and her parents could not forgive her transgressions.

Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. As soon as the baby was born the Nazi's took the child away from her. Welcome back. Do yourself a favor and read this one. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. Towards the end of the book dramatic things are starting to happen and all you can do is hope and pray for a good outcome. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published

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I could not put this book down because it was for me very interesting and I felt so sorry for Noa that I shed several tears for her. Don’t waste your time reading it. Historical fiction has allowed me to learn about past events in a fun, exciting, and interesting way. The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff was a very moving read. What they felt, I felt. Not just any train. Noa is a novice, but she learns to overcome her fears and rely upon the stellar veteran Astrid. Experiencing bouts of brooding that alternate with spasms of altruistic panic, Noa grabs the baby and makes a run for it. When their heart broke, my heart broke. She seeks refuge in the traveling circus where they offer her a job in exchange for room and board. Heartbreaking and beautiful.

I just finished this book and I am still crying. In this masterful tale, Astrid is an aerialist whose family had owned a circus in Germany; but her family was Jewish, and had disappeared when she returned home after being cast aside by her husband, a German officer. And their love for the child Theo. But between these moments of suspense, terror, and … The Orphan's Tale is a great example of this, telling a story about events and acts of bravery that I knew nothing about. But the decision she made on the night she heard noises from the rear car of a nearby train was to change her life forever. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Reviewed in the United States on February 21, 2017. Love. Flying by the seat of my pants, I landed on a train. [the insta-love between Noa and the mayor's son. I can see this book getting great reviews because it really is a sweet story, so for that I will give this an extra star, but overall, this didn’t work for me. This was a haunting, harrowing tale, that stays with you long after you turn the last page. Wow, just wow! Pam was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. Unfortunately the head of the circus dies and there is hardly any money left to keep all the performers with the circus -which was kept a secret from the performers-. I would like to thank the Publishers, HarperCollins, Mira, and Harlequin Enterprises Limited, as well as Pam Jenoff for the Advanced Reader’s Edition of “The Orphan’s Tale” by Pam Jenoff. Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2017. Based on the glowing reviews, I read this novel as I am a fan of WW II historical fiction.

The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senior levels of government, including helping the families of the Pan Am Flight 103 victims secure their memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, observing recovery efforts at the site of the Oklahoma City bombing and attending ceremonies to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of World War II at sites such as Bastogne and Corregidor. Time travel is not the sole dominion of the fantasy genre. At sixteen, Noa has already lived a lifetime. One evening she hears noises coming from a railway car in the station. She got pregnant by a Nazi soldier, got kicked out of her home, had a baby that was taken from her and was trying to make a living by working in the train station. In the war-scenario brilliantly crafted story on the friendship of Noa & Astrid. A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan's Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival. This is our second narrator, Noa, banished by her parents after an out-of-wedlock birth. Also hiding out on board is Astrid, a Jewish aerialist who becomes one of the book's narrators. Jean Zimmerman's latest novel, Savage Girl, is out now in paperback. You can still see all customer reviews for the product. Thanks to Pam Jenoff, I found myself clutched into the arms of Germany during World War II. I am very grateful for that. War. This was a heart-stopping and painful read but there are no regrets in reading it.
I have a confession to make.

This story is told with such passion and enormous heart, with pulse-pounding suspense as Astrid, Noa, and the rest of their circus friends are under constant threat of the Nazis. This was a fascinating blend of the two, so I was in heaven! At sixteen, Noa has already lived a lifetime. This was written beautifully. I don’t have enough words to express how much I dislike this book and the author’s writing style. It told the story of a friendship between two women, Noa and Astrid, during World War II. Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. Reviewed in the United States on August 2, 2018. As Herr Neuhoff, the circus owner, prepares for what may be his last tour, he is forced to decide the fate of Jews hiding on his train. Cleaning the tiny German railway station for food and a bed was all sixteen year old Noa was able to do – her Dutch father had disowned her after she told her parents she was pregnant. Telling details reveal circus life in the air and on the rails — every person, for example, is assigned two buckets to use for water, names emblazoned to lessen confusion. Refresh and try again. Noa manages to break into the nursery-slash-cattle car and rescue a half-dead months-old child. Jenoff's best book yet!

The lifeline the circus created is both fascinating and emotionally potent given it is rooted in historical facts.

Frustratingly disappointing, Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019.

Reviewed in the United States on March 26, 2018. The story managed to capture me but by no means would I call it riveting or written with deep emotion.

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