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baseballmom5



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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:44 pm    Post subject: WW I or WW II books out there??? Reply with quote

Looking for any books with WWI or WWII theme???
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 3:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you haven't read it yet, "The Bronze Horseman" by Paullina Simons is one of my all time favorite books. It is set in Leningrad during WWII. It is the first of a trilogy with "Tatitana and Alexander" and "The Summer Garden" following.

These books are amazing. I cannot get them out of my mind. I read them on my kindle & ordered the hard copy to keep in my bookshelf. I've since given them to my mother to read and she is enthralled with them too.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

TBH would be my first recommendation, too.

Several of Suzanne Brockmann's books have a secondary romance set during WW2; I liked the one in which the heroine's grandmother was involved in the evacuation of Dunkirk - I think it was in The Defiant Hero, maybe?

Though it's not a romance, I'd definitely recommend A Very Long Engagement, which is set around the time of WWI. The final book in Jennifer Donnelly's Rose trilogy, The Wild Rose, is set during WWI, but I wasn't as impressed by it as the first two.

I understand Carrie Lofty's working on a romance set during WW2, though I'm not certain where that stands.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 10:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eva Ibbotson: The Morning Gift (WW II) though most all her books take place from 1910s-1940s.

LaVyrle Spencer: Morning Glory (WW II)

I second Japrisot's The Very Long Engagement as a romantic non Romance. Similarly I also rec Nevil Shute's A Town Like Alice (WW II) and James Hilton's Random Harvest (from WWI to WWII)

If you like romantic suspense/espionage thrillers there's Helen MacInnes who wrote quite a few books that take place during WWII. I'd rec titles but I lost (actually lent then never got back) my collection years ago and can't remember specific titles.

I haven't read these but have seen rec'd before for this theme:

Jill Barnett: Sentimental Journey
Rosamund Pilcher: The Shell Seekers
Laura Leone: Nights of Fire
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Julie Orringer's Invisible Bridge begins with a love story. It's based on the author's grandparents, set in Paris and WWII Hungary.

Have to second Random Harvest. Love that book.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Poor Splendid Wings by Patricia Veryan
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Paul Gallico, The Lonely (WWII); written during that period.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thank you all!!!
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shining through by Susan Isaacs.

And another romantic non romance - The Charioteer by Mary Renault. Hero has been injured at Dunkirk. It's m/m written in the 50s, and just a lovely book. Also the Connie Willis books - Blackout and All Clear which take you right through WW2. There are moments of romance, but that's all really. Plus Rilla of Ingleside for the home front in Canada right through WW1 - again only moments of romance, but a lovely book. Always makes me cry.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 2:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MMcA wrote:
Shining through by Susan Isaacs.


That's one of my favourite books ever. Not in the romance genre, but it has an amazing romance in it.

Another one set during WW II is Blood Moon Over Britain, by Morag McKendrick Pippin, set in 1942 London. It's not great, but the setting kind of compensates for that.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Carrie Lofty's WWII romance is titled His Very Own Girl is being released as an e-book by Pocket: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13223671-his-very-own-girl

I second the recommendation of Morag McKendrick Pippin's Blood Moon Over Britain, and also her second WWII romance, Perfidia, published under the name Elspeth McKendrick.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Emilie Loring was writing romances through the 1930s and 1940s. Many of her books are set during WWII--mostly stateside, but with many of the plots and characters involved in the war effort. You can still find her books at libraries.

Also, several of Elswyth Thane's Williamburg novels were set before, during and after WWI, and before and at the beginning of WWII. Homing, the last in the series, ends in 1940 or 1941.

I second the recommendation of Helen McInnes.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our Yanks by Margaret Mayhew
Sentimental Journey Barbara Britton
In the Arms of the Enemy by Lisbeth Eng
Letters from Home Kristina McMorris (review http://www.likesbooks.com/cgi-bin/bookReview.pl?BookReviewId=8331)
If you don't mind inspriationals:

A Distant Melody, The Memory Between Us, Blue Skies Tomorrow by Sarah Sundin

Women's Fiction
Coming Home Rosmund Pilcher (starts before war years, ends a little after them but has romance)
Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart (sweet romance tale right after the war)
Guernsey Literary and Potatoe Peel Pie Society
by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOSING JULIA, while not a romance it does have a strong romantic theme. It is centered on the memories of a WWII veteran remembering the war and his life. Wonderful read, however there is NO HEA.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have Alexis Harrington's Home By Morning on my kindle. I understand it is set during WWI. I haven't read it yet, but it has excellent reviews and a sequel coming out soon. (BTW, the kindle version is only 2.99)
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