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 […]



Captain Rosalie

Captain Rosalie

Captain Rosalie is the heartbreaking story of one girl’s experience of World War I. It is told from a 5 year old’s point of view and it was originally a short story, now expanded to a very short novel by brilliant illustrator Isabelle Arsenault. But don’t be fooled. Although the text is short & simple […]


A Place to Belong

A Place to Belong

So devastating and yet so gorgeous.  This book takes a unique approach to the story of Japanese Internment. The story opens when the World War II is over. Hanako’s parents have agreed to renounce their US Citizenship and  move to Japan to live with her grandparents. Jiichan (grandfather) and Baachan (grandmother) are tenant subsistence farmers […]


A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum

A Bend in the Stars by Rachel Barenbaum

This combination of thriller, history, romance and physics is a whir of action, danger and close escapes. Miriam Abramov and her brilliant mathematician brother Vanya live in 1914 Kovno. She is the first female surgeon in the Jewish hospital, engaged to another doctor. Vanya is a lecturer at the university. Vanya is working desperately to […]


Queen of the Sea

Queen of the Sea

Fantastic story of a queen in exile as told by a young girl raised in the nunnery that is her prison. Thrilling and full of unexpected twists and turns, this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel is a joy to read. This story is based on the early life of Queen Elizabeth I, and her kingdom of […]


Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee

Wow! Casey Cep’s first book is an incredible read. Harper Lee was Truman Capote’s friend and research assistant on In Cold Blood.  Many years later, Lee got very involved researching a series of murders in Alabama committed about 2.5 hours from her own home in Monroeville and told not only friends but the press that […]


The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn

Based on the true stories of the brave and intrepid women spies of WWI, this novel flies with excitement, terror, dread. Told in two voices, that of the spy Eve Gardiner, code name Marguerite, as she is recruited and, in spite of enormous fear, acts with great ingenuity, and of Charlie St. Claire, an unmarried […]