World War II

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The Blackout Book Club

Five people with busy, difficult lives find an oasis of friendship in their local library when they join The Blackout Book Club. It’s a story about love, war, and the pleasure of discovering a good book. When Avis’ librarian brother Anthony leaves town, he entrusts to her his position at The ...

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When We Had Wings

When We Had Wings is a collaboration between three popular women’s fiction authors, one of whom (Kristina McMorris) has written several heartwarming WWII-set stories. That alone had me excited to read this novel and the fact that Susan Meissner, a personal favorite, is another contributor was the ...

B
That Summer in Berlin

Like many others, I find the time period around and during World War II to be absolutely fascinating. So when I discovered that Lecia Cornwall’s That Summer In Berlin was set in the summer of 1936 during the Berlin Olympic Games, I snatched it up to review. Viviane Alden, a heroine worthy of Jo ...

A
The Librarian Spy

Fabulous books are hard to find, books that make you wish to spend more time with the characters and who make you long to find more stories that can do that. The Librarian Spy is just such a book. It is April of 1943. War encompasses the world and Washington D.C. is a city of frantic energy, with ...

D
Daughters of Paris

Elisabeth Hobbes’ Daughters of Paris is a story of intrigue, romance, and redemption. I found it to be an enjoyable if somewhat predictable read till the end of the novel, where things took a turn for the worse. While playing in the yard of the high-end Parisian apartment building in which they ...

B+
The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle

The Wedding Dress Sewing Circle is a captivating tale about reconnecting with your past in order to have a better future.   When renowned designer Cressida Westcott left her childhood home, she vowed never to return. Her parents had died, her brother Eustace subsequently treated her abominably, ...

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A Sunlit Weapon

A Sunlit Weapon is the seventeenth book in the Maisie Dobbs series and I don’t recommend it as a standalone. Several events from past novels in the series are referred to, meaning this book contains spoilers for those works and this one also relies heavily on the reader's knowledge of occurrences/ ...

C+
Girls of Flight City

Lorraine Heath joins the women’s fiction market in this World War II-set tale about daring women who used their biplanes to battle the evils of Hitler.  The volume reminds me of the work of Jill Barnett, whose book about women fighters in World War II - Sentimental Journey - also explores the rom ...

C
The Lost Son

The Lost Son is a very straightforward women’s fiction novel centering around - you guessed it - a woman’s quest to find her missing child. Julia Kruse’s mother died in childbirth. Her father, a famous chef at a luxury hotel, fears his demanding job will keep him from spending time with his ...

A
Great or Nothing

With apologies to Paul Simon, it seems there are 50 million ways to rewrite Little Women. I’ve seen modern adaptions that switch the book’s setting and time period; versions that give us a living Beth or a Jo/Laurie union.  Versions where the Marches are vampires or werewolves, or just plain ho ...