12 amazing World War II novels you should read right now
While Verity writes, buying herself time, Maddie is also hard at work… This book is absolutely gripping from page one. The more difficult elements of this book including torture are handled well and are not graphic. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Once I got past the first 50 pages or so I could not put this book down.
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This is the sort of book that will stay with you for days after you finish. Female pilots were not sent on combat missions, but their job was dangerous nonetheless; they often flew planes that had been so heavily damaged in combat they were barely flyable. Many portions of the story are, of course, heartbreaking, although it helps to know from the beginning that Rose survives the camps, and there are also uplifting portions that really celebrate the human spirit. I consider myself somewhat familiar with the major events of World War 2, but I had never even heard of the siege of Leningrad.
For nearly days the city was cut off from supplies. Most of the men were gone fighting the war and the women and children were left to fend for themselves, and hundreds of thousands died of starvation. I found the first few chapters a little slow, but keep going — the last few chapters will make you glad you did!
Lina is 15 years old in when Soviet officers burst into her Lithuanian home, tear her family apart, and push her onto a crowded train car with her mother and younger brother. As they travel to an unknown fate in Siberia, Lina uses her talents as an artist to draw messages she hopes will get passed to her father, wherever he may be.
When they reach Siberia they are forced to do harsh manual labor under cruel circumstances and Lina clings to her art as a way to hold on to her identity.
This book highlights the atrocities committed by Stalin during World War 2, which rival those of the Germans towards the Jews during the same time period. Not to be confused with another novel with a similar name, this book is amazing, enriching, and well worth a read. Guernsey was the only British land to be occupied by the Germans during the war, so their letters to Juliet are unique and full of rich historical detail.
The women of Chilbury have other plans, however, and decide to continue singing even though an all-female choir is unheard of.
Against this backdrop, we come to know five women in the choir and see their stories unfold on the homefront: Val Eliot is one of these land girls, and while working on a farm she meets an American pilot named Mike and a Border Collie named Peter Woodhouse. Even though this story is set in the midst of the turbulent events of WWII, it manages to be both sweet and heartwarming.
Meanwhile, their neighbor and and childhood friend Ben is dispatched by MI-5 to investigate the mysterious parachuter and determine if a spy is in their midst.
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This mystery has a bit of a Downton Abbey feel and is a period piece, spy novel, and love story all wrapped up into one. As the war descends on England, the five women forge a friendship over rationing, the threat of Nazi invasion, and a traitor in their midst. Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner.
Writing letters in Hitler's recently vacated office and marching in the Berlin Victory parade contrast with observations of seeing friends murdered and a mother avenging her son by coldly shooting a prisoner of war. For fans of To War With Whitaker: Her skills of observation are penetrating and make this book a marvellously accessible account of WWII.
Lovell, Author of The Mitford Girls. Had me utterly gripped, I couldn't put it down. Train to Nowhere is a glorious book, brought back to vivid life.
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