1940s

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The Velvet Hours

All the men I know dream of the Enjoli woman. The one from the 80s commercial who “can bring home the bacon, fry it up in a pan, and never let you forget you’re a man!” She’s the business woman who can work all day and transition easily into family cook/housekeeper, bedtime story reader and ...

C+
Secrets of Nanreath Hall

For the longest time, Susanna Kearsley, Lauren Willig and Susan Meissner were the only authors I regularly encountered who wrote dual timeline  novels. However, they seem to be everywhere all of a sudden. I love this device, so I'm certainly not complaining. In fact, I was quite eager to read Secre ...

B
The Winter Guest

Set in 1940, The Winter Guest is a hauntingly evocative tale of two sisters – twins – who are struggling to care for their three younger siblings in rural Poland at a time of great upheaval and uncertainty. Their father is dead, and their mother is ill in a hospital in Krakow, and the two girls, ...

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The Forgiven

World War 2 romances are a favorite of mine and I tend to pick up anything set in this time period. With this particular novel I was excited to explore a piece of history heretofore undiscovered by me – the part of the Amish in this important conflict. I hadn’t really thought about what it would ...

B
Climbing the Stairs

It’s 1941, but in India, the oppressors are the English, not the Axis. Fifteen-year-old Vidya’s progressive father shields her from most unpleasantness, promising her an education rather than an early marriage. But when tragedy sends Vidya to live in the traditional and very conservative family ...

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The Butterfly and the Violin

Do you believe that love can survive even the direst of circumstances? In this engaging tale of hope amidst horror the author looks at what happens to love when the worst we can imagine separates us from the one we love. As a young girl, Sera James saw a painting which has haunted her ever since. ...

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The Penny Bangle

I picked up The Penny Bangle because a World War II fix sounded like just the thing. I hadn't read a book set in that time period in some time, and WWII romances are somewhat thin on the ground. Unfortunately, it wasn't quite the fix I was hoping for. Who knew WWII could be so dull? Cassie Taylor ...

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I'll Be Seeing You

I love letters, the kind that come in the mail and make the day special. I also love books about letters, whether the books are fiction written in letter form such as The Enchanted Chocolate Pot by Patricia C. Wrede and Caroline Stevermer or books comprised of famous letters such as Dear Bess: The L ...

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A Memory Between Us

The bombers of WWII have always been a fascinating subject for me, which is ultra odd since I am not into planes or war. But the history behind our bombing missions, the whole story of the "flying fortress" and the strategy of daylight bombing somehow always seem to grip my attention and hold it. Wh ...

B+
On the Wings of the Morning

I love seeing historical romances set in the early 20th century and, since I also find the history of aviation fascinating, I was doubly thrilled to stumble across On Wings of the Morning. This tale of two restless souls finding peace and love has a beauty about it that made the story linger in my m ...