1940s

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A Girl Divided

I absolutely adore historical novels that center around the Second World War, but I will admit to being the tiniest bit tired of all the books set in either Europe or America. So when I saw that A Girl Divided took place in China, I was eager to read it, thinking it would give me a different perspec ...

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The Taster

There is an old saying that states: The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing. In The Taster, V.S. Alexander shows that it takes many good men doing the right thing to triumph over powerful evil. Unfortunately, Germany at the time of the Second World War did not ha ...

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Morning Glory (#25 on our Top 100 Romances List)

An AAR Top 100 Romance originally published on March  26, 1998 So often heroes and heroines of romances are larger-than-life characters. Lords, ladies, knights, cowboys, and swashbuckling types in general. There's nothing wrong with that, we all like a little wish fulfillment and fantasy in our r ...

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These Healing Hills

I'm a big fan of the TV show Call the Midwife, so, when These Healing Hills became available for review, I figured it would be right up my alley. It's set in the Appalachian mountains of Kentucky right after World War II comes to an end, a time and setting I was sure I'd love, and for the most part, ...

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Goodnight from London

Ruby Sutton thought the call into her editor’s office would result in the termination of her employment; instead, she is offered the opportunity of a lifetime. She is to go to London and report from there on the European war. In the summer of 1940 there could be no sweeter assignment for an ambiti ...

B
A Bridge Across the Ocean

Reading the synopsis for A Bridge Across the Ocean, one can't help but approach the book with the highest of expectations. A story that spans decades and crosses continents, it contains all the elements of a page-turner – wartime intrigue, a seventy-year-old mystery, even a touch of the paranormal ...

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A Bridge Across the Ocean

A trio of young women figure out just what it means to let go of what lies behind and anticipate what lies ahead in A Bridge Across the Ocean, a tale of love, death and new beginnings. The story enthralled me so much that immediately upon finishing it I went to the computer to check the author’s b ...

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The Orphan's Tale

World War II is a period in history that fascinates me. Every time I read a book set during this bleak period, I learn something new. In The Orphan's Tale, author Pam Jenoff explores the role German circuses played in hiding Jewish people and smuggling them out of Germany. Since I absolutely love ci ...

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In Farleigh Field

In Farleigh Field is a standalone murder mystery with a patina of romance set in Kent involving MI5 operatives and Bletchley Park decoders during World War II. Simply knowing this sold me on the book, and Ms. Bowen delivers on the promise of the premise with an exciting story. She’s really a maste ...

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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 ...