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Book Review: Code Name Sapphire

Author: Pam Jenoff

Pages: 368

Genre: Historical Fiction - World War 2

Publication Date: February 7, 2023

Book Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

When I opened my email box and saw I was approved to read Code Name Sapphire my jaw dropped. How on earth did I get approved to read this one?! I recently was reading The Diplomat’s Wife so you bet I was excited to read this anticipating novel coming out in 2023.

Book Summary

When tested between loyalty of family and a sacrificial cause, it all boils down to what matters most in Pam Jenoff’s Code Name Sapphire.

Hannah barely escapes with her life after witnessing the death of her husband in the hands of Nazi Germany. When Hannah’s plans to escape fail, she reaches out to her cousin Lily in Brussels for help. Desperate to get out of Europe, Hannah’s desperation leads her to the underground work of the Sapphire Line run by the strong-willed Micheline & her brother Mateo. Hannah is willing to risk it all to save her life until her mistakes lead her to risking her life to save the ones she loves.


This is a well-written historical fiction novel based on the bravery of those who would sacrifice their lives for the greater good. Through the 3rd person perspectives of Lily, Hannah, and Micheline, their decisions is what progresses the plot forward resulting in dangerous situations and hidden secrets coming to light. I found the character development engaging with each chapter providing a greater depth into the heart of each character’s purpose. The dialogue and action scenes were well balanced but there were points in the novel where it felt rushed or too consequential. I did feel for each character as they made life-alternating sacrifices for the good of others


Overall, this is definitely a novel reflecting the bravery it took to rescue and free those behind enemy lines.

Code Name Sapphire should definitely be added to the top of 2023’s most anticipated reads. Love, sacrifice, family, and the unshakable will of bravery will have you turning the pages.

So don’t walk…RUN to get this book, out February 7, 2023.

Thank you to NetGalley & Harlequin for the advance digital copy. Harlequin is a division of HarperCollins, publishing more than 100 titles a month, in both print and digital formats, in 17 countries and 16 languages. Harlequin offers readers a broad range of reading in many genres, from general and women’s fiction to young adult and narrative nonfiction, and more.

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