Available Now: The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom

Available now:  The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom ***3/5 stars- liked it Forbidden love and family ties collide among an Italian family in World War II London. Recommended readers: If you’re a fan of World War II romantic fiction, and if you’re interested in the Italian perspective outside of Italy, this one is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 3/5 characters 3/5 plot 3/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: For … Continue reading Available Now: The Girl from the Paradise Ballroom

Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

America, mark your calendars for May 3rd: Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave ****5/5 stars-It was amazing.  We Loved it. From the author of Little Bee, the one with a title so intriguing we both had to read it… Recommended readers: Everyone. But: in particular, if you are a reader of war fiction, and if you pine for novels both humorous and profound, this one is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 5/5 … Continue reading Review: Everyone Brave is Forgiven

Review: Lilac Girls

Available April 5th: Lilac Girls ***3.5/5 stars- Really liked it This debut novel explores the female experience of World War II, from New York to Nazi concentration camp in German-occupied Poland. Recommended readers: Readers of wartime historical fiction Those interested in the female experience of war Fans of novels based on real people Here’s my Rankings: 3.5/5 for characters 3.5/5 for plot 3.5/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS … Continue reading Review: Lilac Girls

Review: The Railwayman’s Wife

Available April 5: The Railwayman’s Wife: A Novel ****4/5 stars-loved it Emotional and thoughtful, The Railwayman’s Wife will break your heart. Recommended readers: Post War literature Fans of slow-building, emotional reads Looking for something deeper from your book Here’s my Rankings: 5/5 characters 4/5 plot 4/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: The Railwayman’s Wife is a touching, emotional read that will break your heart with a thoughtful smile. A … Continue reading Review: The Railwayman’s Wife

Review: Where My Heart Used to Beat

Available Now:  Where My Heart Used to Beat ****3.5/5 stars-really liked it Psychiatrist and WWII veteran Robert Hendricks attempts to square his past and his present when he receives an invitation from an aging man who claims to have known his father during the First World War. Recommended readers: Readers of war and memory readers of WWII fiction fans of the lifelong saga Here’s my Rankings: 3.5/5 characters … Continue reading Review: Where My Heart Used to Beat

Review: Wherever there is Light

Available November 3rd:  Wherever There is Light by Peter Golden ****4/5 stars-loved it The love affair between a Jewish immigrant and the granddaughter of a slave moves with the grand sweep of twentieth-century American history. Recommended readers: Fans of historical fiction Fans of life-long love sagas Here’s my Rankings: 4/5 characters 4/5 plot 4/5 overall 4/5 steaminess REVIEW FROM BOOKS FOR HER: I tend to get myself … Continue reading Review: Wherever there is Light

Available today: The Scent of Secrets

Available September 15th: The Scent of Secrets by Jane Thynne ***3/5 stars- Liked it Clara Vine is Nazi Germany’s Vivien Leigh– and she’s also a half-Jewish English spy. Recommended readers: If you’re a fan of Jaqueline Winnespear’s Maisie Dobbs If you like World War II fiction, and if you enjoy historical mysteries with a nod to romance, this one is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 3/5 for characters 3/5 for … Continue reading Available today: The Scent of Secrets

Historical Fiction: Golden Earrings

Available August 18: Golden Earrings *****4.5/5 stars- Loved it! A powerful multi-generational saga of family, love and war, Golden Earrings is a must-read historical drama. Recommended readers: If you’re a fan of family dramas like The Thornbirds Fans of Santa Montefiore (like me) and maybe Sara Gruen If you like historical drama, especially European Here’s my Rankings: 4.5/5 for characters 4/5 for plot 4.5/5 overall Steaminess: 1 of 5 … Continue reading Historical Fiction: Golden Earrings

Available Now: The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach

Available now: The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach by Jam Jenoff ***2.5/5 stars- it was ok Fleeing from Italy to New York at the dawn of World War II, a young Jewish emigrant falls in with– and for– an Irish Catholic family. Recommended readers: If you’re a fan of WWII fiction and romance Here’s my Rankings: 2.5/5 for characters 2.5/5 for plot 2.5/5 overall Steaminess: 2 of 5  (see our … Continue reading Available Now: The Last Summer at Chelsea Beach

Review: All the Light We Cannot See

Available now: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr ****4/5 stars-loved it The lives of a young German soldier and a blind French girl intersect in this brilliant WWII novel. Recommended readers: If you read for language, imagery, and storytelling, and if you enjoy powerful war fiction that transcends the genre, this one is for you. Here’s my Rankings: 4/5 characters 4/5 plot 4/5 overall REVIEW FROM BOOKS … Continue reading Review: All the Light We Cannot See