‘Woman on Fire’ by Lisa Barr is a thriller about the worlds of art and censorship

Woman on Fire by Lisa Barr In "Woman on Fire," author Lisa Barr immerses readers into the world of art—now and during the Holocaust—and how the art world, the buying and selling of paintings by famous artists, even today is impacted by what the Nazis did. Barr begins the story with one of the main … Continue reading ‘Woman on Fire’ by Lisa Barr is a thriller about the worlds of art and censorship

‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation’ by Rosemary Sullivan

The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan It was a cold case all right. A very, very cold case. Rosemary Sullivan's fascinating and important study, "The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation," takes us through an excruciatingly detailed account of the 2019 investigation whose goal was to find—once and for all—who was … Continue reading ‘The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation’ by Rosemary Sullivan

‘The Last Rose of Shanghai’ by Weina Dai Randel is a gripping novel about turbulent life in wartime China

The Last Rose of Shanghai by Weina Dai Randel "The Last Rose of Shanghai" by Weina Dai Randel paints a vivid portrait of life in Shanghai during WWII, during the Japanese occupation both before and after the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor. It's an in-depth study of not only the Jewish refugee situation, but also how … Continue reading ‘The Last Rose of Shanghai’ by Weina Dai Randel is a gripping novel about turbulent life in wartime China

‘The Winter Guest’ by Pam Jenoff is historical fiction about Poland, life in a small village during WWII, and sacrifice

The Winter Guest by Pam Jenoff Pam Jenoff writes historical fiction, sometimes based on real events, usually about WWII and the Holocaust. Her books provide a glimpse into how people survived in often horrific situations and reflect both the best and the worst instincts of humans. In "The Winter Guest," Jenoff writes about Poland during … Continue reading ‘The Winter Guest’ by Pam Jenoff is historical fiction about Poland, life in a small village during WWII, and sacrifice

‘Bluebird’ by Sharon Cameron is a stunning work of fiction based on real events that are shocking

Bluebird by Sharon Cameron Sharon Cameron demonstrated her ability to write engrossing historical fiction based on real events in her masterful book, "The Light in Hidden Places." In some ways, "Bluebird," based on real, shocking events, is the antithesis of that story. As a contrast to the first story that focuses on heroes that appeared … Continue reading ‘Bluebird’ by Sharon Cameron is a stunning work of fiction based on real events that are shocking

‘Defending Britta Stein’ by Ronald H. Balson: thrilling courtroom drama and history about how the Danish saved the Jews in WWII

Defending Britta Stein by Ronald H. Balson In "Defending Britta Stein" by Ronald H. Balson, attorney Catherine Lockhart and her husband, private investigator Liam Taggert, are the actors whose actions bring about justice in an unlikely manner. Through these two characters, both well known to Balson fans, we are privy to the history of a … Continue reading ‘Defending Britta Stein’ by Ronald H. Balson: thrilling courtroom drama and history about how the Danish saved the Jews in WWII

‘Sisters of the Resistance’ WWII fiction by Christine Wells is fascinating and engrossing from the first page

Sisters of the Resistance by Christine Wells "Sisters of the Resistance" is an apt title for this historical fiction that's partly based on real events and real people and in which women are the main characters. What is unusual about how Christine Wells, the author, chooses to share the events is that the story is … Continue reading ‘Sisters of the Resistance’ WWII fiction by Christine Wells is fascinating and engrossing from the first page

‘Rescue’ by Jennifer A. Nielsen is a riveting middle grade historical fiction set during the Holocaust

Rescue by Jennifer A. Nielsen Jennifer A. Nielsen's middle grade historical fiction novels are wonderful examples of books that teach kids about history while sandwiching that information in thrilling, emotional stories that will hook them. "Rescue," her newest release, is no different. In this story we meet Meg, whose father is British and her mother … Continue reading ‘Rescue’ by Jennifer A. Nielsen is a riveting middle grade historical fiction set during the Holocaust

‘The Paris Apartment’ by Kelly Bowen is a gripping historical fiction that has it all: suspense, sacrifice, loss, and ultimately, love

The Paris Apartment by Kelly Bowen Ready for a thrilling trip into the heart of Europe during WWII to see, vicariously, how two daring women best the Nazis in the name of freedom and justice? "The Paris Apartment" by Kelly Bowen will grip you from the first page, the first sentence, even. "The woman was … Continue reading ‘The Paris Apartment’ by Kelly Bowen is a gripping historical fiction that has it all: suspense, sacrifice, loss, and ultimately, love

‘The Woman with the Blue Star’ by Pam Jenoff is a story of survival, compassion, and friendship

The Woman with the Blue Star by Pam Jenoff Pam Jenoff is known for her meticulously researched historical fiction, and "The Woman with the Blue Star" is no different. In it, we read a fictionalized account of an historical occurrence. In at least one town in Poland, Jews descended into the sewers to live in … Continue reading ‘The Woman with the Blue Star’ by Pam Jenoff is a story of survival, compassion, and friendship

‘While Paris Slept’ by Ruth Druart is a powerful story of war and what we sacrifice in the name of love

While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart Parents often passionately and truthfully declare that they would give their lives for their children. We'd sacrifice our lives and exchange them gladly to make sure that our children survive. In "While Paris Slept" by Ruth Druart, during the French occupation of Paris, a woman on her way to … Continue reading ‘While Paris Slept’ by Ruth Druart is a powerful story of war and what we sacrifice in the name of love

‘The Berlin Girl’ by Mandy Robotham is fascinating and engrossing historical fiction

In this novel of prewar Germany, "The Berlin Girl" by Mandy Robotham brings us right into the close-knit world of the journalists who staff tiny offices in capitals around the world in times of strife. Through the eyes of George Young, born Georgina Young and also known as Georgie Young, we enter the cosmopolitan, complex, … Continue reading ‘The Berlin Girl’ by Mandy Robotham is fascinating and engrossing historical fiction