World War II

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The Woman in the Castle

I've been on a bit of a World War II kick lately, so Jessica Shattuck's latest novel, The Women in the Castle, seemed like something that would be right up my alley. I relished the idea of seeing how a group of women and children rebuilt their lives and created a cohesive family unit after the strug ...

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The Pearl Thief

Code Name: Verity is one of the most memorable YA novels I have ever read. A breathtaking story about a young Scottish woman taken prisoner for being a spy in Nazi Germany, it was heart wrenching, enlightening, beautiful, and lyrical. The Pearl Thief is the prequel to that tale, a look at Julia befo ...

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The One True Love of Alice-Ann

Given the steady-paced, un-romance-like beginning, I was prepared to place The One True Love of Alice-Ann in the general Inspirational Fiction category. After the first chapters, however, the romantic pace picks up and provides a lovely story of how a young girl learns to distinguish between affecti ...

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When Tides Turn

My parents were big fans of 1940s and 1950s cinema and those films hold a high nostalgia factor for me. I love the fashions, the glamour and glitz and the dramatized emotions. And the language: “Aw, shucks!” and “Gee, whiz!” spoken in place of “F” bombs but with equal fervor always bring ...

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His Very Own Girl

I loved this book when I first read it in 2012. I picked it up again for our blog on Activist Heroines and fell hard all over again. This is the story of Lulu Davies, a pilot for the English Air Transport Auxiliary, the only organization that allowed women to fly planes in WWII. She falls in love wi ...

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A Kiss to Build a Dream on

A Kiss to Build a Dream On is a story of the much-lauded women civilian pilots, employed to ferry military aircraft by the US Air Force during World War II. Only very experienced pilots  with more than five hundred flying hours under their belt were hired, and employing women freed up men for comba ...