World War II fiction

Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran

Available Jan. 10: Lucky Boy

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More thoughtful than entertaining, in Lucky Boy there is no right or wrong ending – just a taste of life.

Recommended readers:

  • If you enjoy thoughtful, real life reads
  • If you like to step into someone else’s shoes via fiction

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

Two people who grow up in different environments.  One a teenager who grew up in Mexico and dares to sneak across the border and start a new life in America. Another who grew up taking her own unique path, despite her strong Indian heritage. Both women find struggles and solace raising a little boy. Lucky Boy is a thoughtfully written story, making you experience a different perspective on life, motherhood and life’s harsh realities. I can’t remember another book, where I was so unsure of how I wanted it to end.

Available Jan. 10: Lucky Boy

Available Today: The German Girl

Available October 18th: The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

****4/5 stars

29430755A young girl who never knew her father is given a chance to meet the aunt who raised him, a woman with a story of her own.

Recommended readers:

  • Readers of historical fiction,
  • Readers of World War II fiction
  • Adult and Young Adult readers alike

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 characters
  • 4/5 plot
  • 4/5 overall

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

World War II books: people can’t stop writing them, I can’t stop reading them. This one, however, fictionalizes a somewhat less well-known aspect of the Holocaust: the 1939 journey of 937 primarily Jewish refugees to Cuba aboard the St. Louis. Hannah Rosenthal is an eleven-year-old member of this voyage promised refuge in Cuba, and one of the very few who were not turned away at the last moment. Told from her perspective, combined with the voice years later of her niece, Anna Rosen, who has come  to Cuba to learn about her father’s family, The German Girl is a compelling and sobering account of a little-known journey.

Available October 18th: The German Girl

October 18th: The Girl from Venice

Coming October 18th: The Girl From Venice 

****4/5 stars- loved it!

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From thriller series writer Martin Cruz Smith , a standalone action-adventure-romance about a Venetian fisherman who decides to help the Jewish girl he encounters in his lagoon at the very close of World War II.

Recommended readers:

  • fans of historical fiction
  • fans of mystery and suspense
  • fans of action-adventure romance…this one’s got it all!

Here’s my Rankings:

  • 4/5 for characters
  • 4/5 for plot
  • 4/5 overall
  • 2/5 steaminess

REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER:

I’m not sure I’ve ever read a World War II story at least partially about Jews on the run that I would classify as an action adventure romance, and I have to say while taking on a serious topic, this one was quite a bit of… fun.  Somehow Martin Cruz Smith manages to successfully impart historical information in a compelling, plot driven thriller not unlike the modern political sort. Doesn’t make any sense?  Try it yourself.

Available on Amazon on October 18th: The Girl From Venice