The Bookseller of Dachau (by Shari Ryan)

I am a huge fan of historical fiction books set during WWII. And the dual timeline was an added bonus. The author did a wonderful job of blending the timelines and I didn’t feel like I was jerked back and forth. They flowed smoothly one to another. This WWII story was unique in that it occurred totally outside the concentration camps. The characters were well developed and you grew to care deeply for Matilda, Hans, Grace, and Archie. The relationships that evolve were touching. And I loved how the story of Matilda and Hans was delivered via letters. And what a surprise at the end. This is definitely one to put on your to-be-read list!

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookoutre for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Bookseller of Dachau (by Shari Ryan)

I am a huge fan of historical fiction books set during WWII. And the dual timeline was an added bonus. The author did a wonderful job of blending the timelines and I didn’t feel like I was jerked back and forth. They flowed smoothly one to another. This WWII story was unique in that it occurred totally outside the concentration camps. The characters were well developed and you grew to care deeply for Matilda, Hans, Grace, and Archie. The relationships that evolve were touching. And I loved how the story of Matilda and Hans was delivered via letters. And what a surprise at the end. This is definitely one to put on your to-be-read list!

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookoutre for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Italian Girls (by Debbie Rix)

I love historical fiction books set during WWII. And reading about individuals who took part in the resistance has me in awe of their dedication. The author’s depth of research is revealed through this amazing story. The characters are well developed and the book will draw you in so that you become totally immersed. I don’t want to give anything away. So suffice it to say that this is a tale of love, dedication, suffering, naivety, sacrifice, and bravery.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookoutre for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

Fragments of Light (by Michèle Phoenix)

I enjoy reading historical fiction books that are set during WWII. And while part of this book occurs in that time period, it is a dual timeline book. Not much focus is placed on the past. This is an emotional read on many levels. Experiencing Ceelie’s cancer treatments and then having her husband walk away from their 24-year marriage right after has rung the bell that she is cancer free is heartwrenching. And then Ceelie takes on the challenge of helping Darlene find out about her father. This is a story of pain, loss, friendship, and purpose. There is a twist of mystery and a touch of romance. You will experience so many emotions as you journey through the pages of this wonderfully written sage.

Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Violinist of Auschwitz (by Ellie Midwood)

I am a huge fan of historical fiction books set during WWII. This was an emotional read and I enjoyed learning about Alma Rosé and her time in Auschwitz. Her willingness to stand up for “her girls” was astounding. This view of life in a concentration camp during WWII was a little different. Yes, you still experience the horrors and the way the people were treated. But you also got a more focused picture of a few particular areas of the camp. The strength and sheer bravery displayed by so many of the inmates was so admirable. Once again you will be shocked at how a person’s genetics will have them judged as unworthy. I continue to be amazed at the ability so many displayed to face each day with hope.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookoutre for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Brilliant Life of Eudora Honeysett (by Annie Lyons)

I loved this book. Between Eudora and Rose, I was thoroughly entertained. Eudora is a little crotchety and, at 85 years old, she feels she has the right to choose how to live … or die. As you get to know her, you will learn about her life from childhood. Your heart will ache at the many ways life has been unkind to Eudora. I kept wondering when something positive would happen … and why isn’t she even more crotchety!

Then Rose appears in her life and you will laugh at her bubbly personality, her delightful sense of fashion, and the sheer honesty that flows from her mouth. It was precious to see 10-year-old Rose tell everyone that Eudora and Stanley, another senior adult, are her best friends.

This book will have you laughing, crying, rolling your eyes, and asking yourself if you are living life to the fullest. What an emotional gem that will have you flipping the pages as fast you can. But you will not want the story to end because you’re not ready to say goodbye.

Last Night with Tokyo Rose ~ Nisei War #1 (by Alexa Kang)

I enjoy reading historical fiction books that take place during WWII. This one had a unique viewpoint in that it focused on the prejudice Japanese-American individuals endured during the war. The characters are well developed. The story is well written and draws you in so that you don’t want to stop reading. As you journey with the primary character, Tom, you experience so many emotions. You understand why he has to make decisions and how they will impact his future. This is a wonderful depiction of how people of Japanese descent were treated before and during WWII.

Thank you to NetGalley and the author for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The War Girls (by Rosie James)

I am a fan of historical fiction based on WWII. This is an interesting view into that time in history. The author has done a tremendous amount of research and has presented it in an emotional tale The characters are well developed and you will find yourself drawn into the story as they show such strength and persistence. What an amazing group of women who discover they have the determination to fight for themselves. The bonds they create is touching and reveals a heartwarming story of imperfect people striving to be the best they can in a very difficult situation. An excellent journey that I strongly encourage you to put on your to-be-read list.

Thank you to NetGalley and HQ Digital for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Girls of Victory Street ~ The Bryant Sisters #1 (by Pam Howes)

I am a huge fan of historical fiction books which are set during WWII. And while not a romance fan, this did not take away from my enjoyment in reading the book. It was encouraging to see the efforts Bella and her friends are willing to put forth to provide encouragement for those fighting for freedom. The author does a wonderful job describing the angst of the beginning of WWII in England. What a touching story of love, friendship, and dedication.

Thank you to NetGalley and Bookoutre for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.

The Secret Agent (by Elisabeth Hobbes)

I really enjoy reading historical fiction books set during WWII. What an emotional read. I continue to be amazed by the individuals who were committed to doing anything to help put an end to Hitler’s reign of terror. The story is more romance novel, so be prepared for that aspect (something I am not fond of). The characters are well developed and the author does a great job of presenting the story of this time period. The primary character, Sylvie, has to figure out how to make choices and decisions in dangerous situations. I would like to have had more detail on her experiences. However, the story will have you engrossed.

Thank you to NetGalley and One More Chapter for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.