1940s

B
On Distant Shores

I’ve recently finished a glom of Foyle’s War, an excellent BBC mystery series set during WWII which looks at life on the English home front. This novel also deals with various portions of Europe during the war and reminds us that not everything centered on hometown parades with confetti and stre ...

C-
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 ...

B-
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 ...

B-
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 ...

C
Songbird Under A German Moon

Betty Lake couldn't be more excited for her future - a girl with little money and no formal training, she never thought she'd travel much beyond her own front door. But the war gave women a chance to do things they had never done before, and she is getting to travel with the USO to Germany to entert ...

B-
The Moon Looked Down

It isn’t often that I read American historical romance, much less set in the 20th century. Dorothy Garlock’s The Moon Looked Down offers a somewhat refreshing change of scenery for me, to early 1940s Illinois. Sophie Heller and her family immigrated to the United States from Germany in 1933, ...

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 ...

A
The Wedding Officer

How would I describe The Wedding Officer? In a word - beautiful. I so enjoyed this book that I wanted more of the wonderful characters and setting. Anthony Capella does an amazing job of describing wartime Italy, the seductive beauty of the Southern part of the country, the richness of Italian food, ...

B
Wives at War

I admit it. I like World War II stories, and there aren't many romance novels set in that era. I guess the 1930s and 1940s aren't far enough in the past to be truly "historical," but they aren't recent enough to be "contemporary." And all too often they have tragic endings. The Conway sisters Pol ...

B+
What You Owe Me

Although most authors are advised to write what you know, it might be more appropriate to suggest they write what they feel. Bebe Moore Campbell's writing is proof that an African-American woman can write believably from any perspective. Her first book, Your Blues Ain't Like Mine read like a lighter ...