Today’s #sundaystack is all about Historical Fiction, one of my most favorite genres. I keep seeing friends raving about the new Netflix show: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society based on the book by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I’ve had this book on my TBR for ages and this is the push I need to get started on it.
There are SO many great books in this genre it’s hard to believe there are new and original stories to tell. It was such a sad time in our history as a country and the sacrifices that were made are staggering. As an adult, I can empathize much more than when I was a kid, reading about it in my history classes.
Here are a few of the finest examples of historical fiction, mostly set during World War II. These stories are filled with vivid imagery and characters who will stay with you. You know how there are readers and READERS? These books are some of the ones that made me a READER! 😍
(Links to Goodreads)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject.
The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons
At the start of war, on June 22, 1941, the day Alexander met Tatiana, there were three million civilians in Leningrad. When the Germans blockaded the city on September 8, 1941, there were two and a half million civilians in Leningrad. In the spring of 1942 a million people remained.
The Alice Network by Kate Quinn
1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family.
Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment to hide him.
The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
New York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.
The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams and Lauren Willig
1945: When critically wounded Captain Cooper Ravenel is brought to a private hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, young Dr. Kate Schuyler is drawn into a complex mystery that connects three generations of women in her family to a single extraordinary room in a Gilded Age mansion.
The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor
1917 . . . In a world torn apart by war, two young Yorkshire cousins, Frances Griffiths and Elsie Wright, announce that something marvelous has happened.
The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
During a picnic at her family’s farm in the English countryside, sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a shocking crime, a crime that challenges everything she knows about her adored mother, Dorothy.
The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck
Set at the end of World War II, in a crumbling Bavarian castle that once played host to all of German high society, a powerful and propulsive story of three widows whose lives and fates become intertwined—an affecting, shocking, and ultimately redemptive novel
Behind Enemy Lines by Marthe Cohn
Marthe Cohn was a young Jewish woman living just across the German border in France when Hitler rose to power. Her family sheltered Jews fleeing the Nazis, including Jewish children sent away by their terrified parents.
The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff
A powerful novel of friendship set in a traveling circus during World War II, The Orphan’s Tale introduces two extraordinary women and their harrowing stories of sacrifice and survival
So tell me, have you read any of these books? What’s your favorite historical fiction read?
I love how you’re real;y passionate about historical fiction. To be honest I never read this genre and I don’t think I’ll like it, that’s why I never try! But all of this sounds like a great books!
I don’t read much based on the World Wars. I have read Alistair McLean, a few of whose books are about WWII spies and such, and a Robert Ludlum or two.
My most recent one, though, was called Dance the Moon Down. It was a beautiful book! I could link you to the review I wrote of it a few years ago. From the blurbs of the books you’ve mentioned, I suspect you might like this one very much. It is set in WWI and is about a newly wedded couple in England, separated by the war; it is a strong tale on how the women in Britain were hurled into taking the positions of their men who were fighting the war, and how they became the backbone of the country during that time.
The review: https://breadcrumbreads.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/dance-the-moon-down/
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Thank you SO much for the recommendations. Your review was lovely. I’m adding to my TBR!
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You’re welcome! I’m so glad you like the sound of it.:)
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