Tag: Pam Jenoff

Guest Author Pam Jenoff Visits Book Binge!

Posted February 14, 2013 by Rowena in Promotions | 1 Comment

We’d like to welcome Pam Jenoff to Book Binge today.  She’s here to discuss her vision when preparing to write a novel.

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When you come up with an idea for a novel how do you envision the book?

Pam Jenoff: A book for me often starts with an image or scene – a woman walking a child across Krakow’s main market square during the war for example, or a woman waking up in a Nazi prison. Often times I don’t know who the person is or how he or she came to be in a particular situation – I have to write to find out as the story unfolds. I typically let myself write freeform whatever comes out, dialogue, scenes, internal narrative, in no particular order. Then, when I reach about 150 pages or so, the mass of writing becomes unwieldy, and I start to organize it into chapters, using a separate outline document to keep track of it all. I have some sense where the story will wind up, though not how we will get there – and there are always things that surprise me along the way.

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It’s always neat to read about our favorite authors writing style.  Do they write by the seat of their pants?  Do they have structured outlines that they follow?  Thanks so much for stopping by Book Binge today Pam Jenoff and sharing your writing style with us.  We wish you the best of luck with THE AMBASSADOR’S DAUGHTER and if you’re interested in reading Holly’s thoughts on the book, click here.

The book is out in retail stores everywhere so make sure you get your own copy.

Author Bio: Pam Jenoff is the author of several novels, including The Kommandant’s Girl, which received widespread acclaim, earned her a nomination for a Quill Award and became an international bestseller. She previously served as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. State Department in Europe, as the Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army at the Pentagon and as a practicing attorney. She received her Juris Doctor from the University of Pennsylvania, her master’s degree in history from Cambridge University and her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University. Pam Jenoff lives with her husband and three children near Philadelphia where, in addition to writing, she teaches law school.

This book is available from Mira. You can buy it here or here in e-format.


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Review: The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff

Posted February 14, 2013 by Holly in Reviews | 3 Comments

Holly‘s review of The Ambassador’s Daughter by Pam Jenoff

Paris, 1919.The world’s leaders have gathered to rebuild from the ashes of the Great War. But for one woman, the City of Light harbors dark secrets and dangerous liaisons, for which many could pay dearly.

Brought to the peace conference by her father, a German diplomat, Margot Rosenthal initially resents being trapped in the congested French capital, where she is still looked upon as the enemy. But as she contemplates returning to Berlin and a life with Stefan, the wounded fiancé she hardly knows anymore, she decides that being in Paris is not so bad after all.

Bored and torn between duty and the desire to be free, Margot strikes up unlikely alliances: with Krysia, an accomplished musician with radical acquaintances and a secret to protect; and with Georg, the handsome, damaged naval officer who gives Margot a job—and also a reason to question everything she thought she knew about where her true loyalties should lie.
Against the backdrop of one of the most significant events of the century, a delicate web of lies obscures the line between the casualties of war and of the heart, making trust a luxury that no one can afford.

This is a time period I’d like to see more of in historical romance. I love that publishers are thinking outside the box and we’re getting more than just Regency and Victorian fare.

While I found the politics and setting interesting  I do think the first person point of view limited the scope of the story. As the story wore on I became more vested in the political schemes, but much of the novel is focused on Margot and her emotions, so outside concerns took a back seat.

I really struggled with Margot. She was young and naive, and often silly. She had a hard time accepting responsibility for her actions. Her wishy-washy attitude and almost child-like naivete made her hard to relate to. That a young girl would be conflicted about her feelings toward a fiance she barely knows isn’t surprising  But her refusal to make a decision or accept her fate became frustrating.

I also had a hard time accepting Margot and Georg’s relationship. Because she read as such a young twenty, I couldn’t understand what a hard-edged man like Georg saw in her. I had no trouble understanding his appeal to her, but it wasn’t as easy to see why he wanted her.

The cast of secondary characters did give the story added flavor. I enjoyed the setting and the complexities of the plot that developed later on.

Despite that I found this hard to put down. Jenoff’s writing is beautiful. This is the first novel I’ve read by her. Though I didn’t enjoy the main character, I did enjoy the writing enough that I’ll be looking to read more from her in the future.

3 out of 5

This book is available from Mira. You can buy it here or here in e-format. The Kindle version is only $3.99!!

This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.


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