1940s

B+
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 ...

A-
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 ...

B+
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 ...

B
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 ...

B
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, ...

B-
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 ...

B-
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. ...