Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings

Absolutely wonderful history book that will “blow your mind” over and over! This is an introduction first to the “Viking” mind, the way the Scandinavians from 536 AD – 1200 AD thought of themselves and the world around them. And then it is a broad history moving easily as the Vikings did from Vinland (Canada) […]



Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

As an adult, Nathaniel tries to recover his memories and what they meant from his childhood during WWII. First deserted by their father and then their mother, Nathaniel and his sister Rachel, are left in the house with a stranger who is to care for them. Bit by bit, the house fills with shady, unexpected […]


Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

Crooked Heart by Lissa Evans

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this charming story, though I’m sure this will be just as delightful on the page, electronic or otherwise. Noel, raised by his well-educated, practical and rebellious godmother in London, becomes, after her death, a war evacuee and is settled with an anxious, uneducated, unsuccessful petty crook. Vera is not very […]


The Game of Birds and Wolves

The Game of Birds and Wolves

Wonderful WW2 story of the Wrens (Women’s Royal Naval Service) and the retired Naval officer who led them to create a game that gave Britain the chance to reverse course and begin winning the Battle of the Atlantic! Full of thrilling naval battles and many fascinating details of some amazing women’s lives! After France fell […]


House on Endless Waters by Emunah Elon

House on Endless Waters by Emunah Elon

Yoel Blum, a highly successful Israeli writer, is in Amsterdam for the first time since his mother fled with him and his sister during the Holocaust. Though he had promised his late mother never to return to Amsterdam, his publisher insists he be present for the launch of his newest novel. While there, Yoel wanders […]


Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

This is a quick entertaining read with a well-tied up ending though, since it only takes place over nine months in 1940 England, the characters will go on to have other war adventures. Written as diary entries and letters, we enjoy many first person accounts of how the war affects a small community of (mostly) […]


Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

Madame Fourcade’s Secret War by Lynne Olson

Here is yet another tale of unsung heroism and the role of women being often discounted by both allies and enemies in times of war. Marie-Madeleine Fourcade was a beautiful Parisian socialite in her mid-20s at the start of World War II. She was a smart, independent minded person and was in the perfect position […]


The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

Like a kaleidoscope that is infinitely unfolding, this WW II tale of danger, daring and despair, brings into focus love and sacrifice in a cruel time. The plot revolves around several engaging characters, each one trying to do what is right in the face of great evil. Emotionally fraught, engaging and exciting, this is one […]