World War II

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The Light Over London

Fans of stories centered around the Second World War won't want to miss Julia Kelly's The Light Over London. It's a dual timeline novel that tells the story of two women living years apart, each struggling with questions of love and self-worth, and I'm so glad I got a chance to read it. Cara Harg ...

C
The Girl They Left Behind

In this story based on the real-life experiences of Roxanne Veletzo’s grandmother, a young girl is left by her Jewish mother on the stoop of a house in Bucharest, believing that this will be the only way to save the child  from the Nazi invasion.  She’s taken in by a kindly concierge, who brin ...

A
Grounded Hearts

In Grounded Hearts the storyline is simple – an RAF pilot bails out of his damaged bomber, sustains injuries and seeks help from a lovely woman in enemy territory. The storytelling, however, is anything but simple. Here, I found romance, adventure, spiritual wisdom, humor, pathos, and a picture of ...

C+
The Madonna of the Mountains

Elise Valmorbida's The Madonna of the Mountains is a sweeping historical saga set in Italy during the first half of the twentieth century. It's the story of one woman's desperate struggle to ensure her family's survival as the Fascist party comes to power and her country enters the Second World War. ...

C
Island of Sweet Pie and Soldiers

I love mystery stories, unique locations and the WWII time setting , so upon learning that Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers had all three, I was anxious to read it.  The story is interesting but very much reads as the freshmen effort it is. Hawaii in 1944 is an island under a great deal of cult ...

B+
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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The Stolen Marriage

I've been a huge fan of Diane Chamberlain's work since the early 2000s. Everything she writes is filled with well-drawn characters who are in the midst of varied and complex situations. When I learned she was writing a novel set during the Second World War, I was over the moon, as that's one of my f ...

B
The Woman in the Castle

I've been on a bit of a World War II kick lately, so Jessica Shattuck's latest novel, The Women in the Castle, seemed like something that would be right up my alley. I relished the idea of seeing how a group of women and children rebuilt their lives and created a cohesive family unit after the strug ...

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The Pearl Thief

Code Name: Verity is one of the most memorable YA novels I have ever read. A breathtaking story about a young Scottish woman taken prisoner for being a spy in Nazi Germany, it was heart wrenching, enlightening, beautiful, and lyrical. The Pearl Thief is the prequel to that tale, a look at Julia befo ...

B
The One True Love of Alice-Ann

Given the steady-paced, un-romance-like beginning, I was prepared to place The One True Love of Alice-Ann in the general Inspirational Fiction category. After the first chapters, however, the romantic pace picks up and provides a lovely story of how a young girl learns to distinguish between affecti ...