The Woman with the Blue Star - Pam Jenoff

The Woman with the Blue Star

By Pam Jenoff

  • Release Date: 2021-05-04
  • Genre: Historical Fiction
Score: 4.5
From 686 Ratings


"An emotional novel that you will never forget." —Lisa Scottoline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Eternal

From the author of The Lost Girls of Paris comes a riveting tale of courage and unlikely friendship during World War II -- Now a New York Times bestsller!

1942. Sadie Gault is eighteen and living with her parents in the Kraków Ghetto during World War II. When the Nazis liquidate the ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mother are forced to seek refuge in the perilous tunnels beneath the city. One day Sadie looks up through a grate and sees a girl about her own age buying flowers.

Ella Stepanek is an affluent Polish girl living a life of relative ease with her stepmother, who has developed close alliances with the occupying Germans. While on an errand in the market, she catches a glimpse of something moving beneath a grate in the street. Upon closer inspection, she realizes it’s a girl hiding.

Ella begins to aid Sadie and the two become close, but as the dangers of the war worsen, their lives are set on a collision course that will test them in the face of overwhelming odds. Inspired by incredible true stories, The Woman with the Blue Star is an unforgettable testament to the power of friendship and the extraordinary strength of the human will to survive.

Highly recommended by Entertainment Weekly, Washington Post, CNN, BookTrib, Goodreads, Betches, AARP, Frolic, SheReads, and more!

Don’t miss Pam Jenoff’s new novel, Code Name Sapphire, a riveting tale of bravery and resistance during World War II.

Read these other sweeping epics from New York Times bestselling author Pam Jenoff:

The Lost Girls of Paris

The Orphan’s Tale

The Ambassador’s Daughter

The Diplomat’s Wife

The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach

The Kommandant’s Girl

The Winter Guest


  • Loved it

    By Emma@NC
    True and heartbreaking. To think so many people still don’t know what really went on just a few years ago.
  • Poland during German period

    By kaykaybean13
    A young girl flees for her life with her pregnant mother and another family before the Germans can round them up and export them out of Poland to the camps. A Polish girl discovers Sadie the brave young woman living below her in the sewers and their relationship begins to become one of joy loyalty survival and encouragement with a deep love ans respect for their friend. Ellie tried to saveSadie when their sewer hiding spot was compromised but everything became extremely chaotic and two friends were forced to separate by one of their deaths during escaping and the aftermath and the circumstances that became the future and where the rest all ended up was a mystery until someone connected to the heart of the story researching her entire life has finally found the missing link the woman she has been looking for and the revelations she is told are surreal and speak of the power and determination and innate ability to preservers and find resilience in human life even when it’s filled with grim reality and not much hope. Beautiful story of the remarkable strength of the spirit and heart of humanity
  • Hard to put this one down!

    By Lads62
    Very well written. Easy to visualize and become the characters yourself.
  • Incredible story

    By jkolmen50266
    What an incredible vivid courageous story Pam Jenoff crafted. It was interesting, loving, horrifying and intense. A different take on the horrors of the Holocaust. Didn’t realize until reading the author’s notes that this was more than less a fictional tale.
  • Eh

    By LGWes
    There is too much going on in this book to feel a connection with the characters. At times, it wasn’t clear which character was speaking. Characters thoughts and actions morphed into one. There are other WW2 books that are better reads. Read Quinn or Anika Scott if you like this type of read.
  • The Woman With the Blue Star

    By Makitsew
    Never thought about the sewers being a safe place to escape the Nazi’. Good read.
  • The Woman with the Blue Star

    By Forevereader
    This is an excellent, fast moving story of hardship and survival. I couldn’t put it down. I highly recommend this well written and engrossing novel.
  • Beautiful!

    By bebe_555
    A beautifully crafted, gripping story of love and courage and faith that is almost impossible to put down. This is a tale of incredible challenges and heart breaking losses woven together with the threads of heroism, truth and triumph. It reminds the reader that love really is as vast and endless as all the stars in the sky.
  • The Woman with the Blue Star

    By 7Anglels
    The ending didn’t add up, and i found it disappointing.
  • The woman with the blue star

    By 😻😻😻adibox
    It made me cry but it’s a great story of true love and search for freedom