1940s

A
The Last Garden in England

I’m an avid gardener and a lover of Historical Fiction so I was delighted to pick up The Last Garden in England. I’m happy to report it was everything I hoped it would be! The Last Garden in England tells the story of the Highbury House garden across three different time periods. The first be ...

A
Our Darkest Night

Our Darkest Night - a tale of how one young Jewish woman survived and thrived in WWII Italy -  had me riveted from the first page to the last. Antonia Mazin’s  father had been a famous doctor but by Autumn of 1943 the racial laws had stripped him of that title. Now the two of them live in a g ...

B+
The Jane Austen Society

Narrated by Richard Armitage This past spring, in the early days of the pandemic, I read the complete works of Jane Austen, which, I thought, made me rather suited to taking on a review of the audiobook version of The Jane Austen Society, a gentle, quiet, sincere story that is an homage to the wo ...

C-
The Light After the War

The Light After the War is  the author’s first novel under the name Anita Abriel although she has been published previously as Anita Hughes.  Based on  her mother’s life, the book is the story of two young Jewish-Hungarian women who miraculously survived the purges of WWII and in the aftermat ...

A-
Time After Time

Dizzying time loops, fascinating human stories, and a really lovely romance captivate in Lisa Grunwald’s Time After Time.  To tell the reader too much about its plot is to reveal too much about its central mystery; this is the kind of book that requires the retention of a little of the element of ...

C
City of Girls

In this brand-new love letter to New York City, the follies of youth and the joys of the theater, Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert brings us the uneven story of a woman named Vivian Morris. Morris comes to New York for a summer vacation in 1940 and never really leaves – and tells us about it ...

C
In Another Time

Jillian Cantor’s In Another Time takes us tastefully into the romance of Hanna and Max, two young people who meet and fall in love in Germany on the brink of the outbreak of World War II… and then introduces an awkward plot point that nearly wrecks the proceedings. In 1931, Hanna Ginsberg, a ...

A
The Last Year of the War

Early in 2018, I picked up a copy of Susan Meissner's breath-taking novel As Bright As Heaven, the story of one family's desperate struggle to survive the influenza epidemic of 1919. It was one of my favorite books of the year, and I've been powering through Ms. Meissner's other novels ever since. N ...

B+
Within These Lines

World War II stories are some of my favorite things to read, so it should come as no surprise to anyone that I jumped at the chance to review Within These Lines by Stephanie Morrill. It's the story of two teenagers torn apart by the decision of the American government to force Americans of Japanese ...

A-
The Only Woman in the Room

Marie Benedict's The Only Woman in the Room is the story of Hedy Lamarr, a woman best known for her roles on the silver screen. Ms. Benedict looks deeper into Hedy's life, bringing us an engrossing tale of a woman who is both brilliant and beautiful. Hedy Kieseler is a Jewish woman married to an ...