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Posts Tagged: World War II novel

Book Beat – Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma

What if saving the life of a stranger could cost you your own life? Snow on the Tulips by Liz Tolsma takes place in Nazi-occupied Holland in World War II. Dutch resistance fighter Gerrit Laninga is caught by the Germans and taken to the canal to be executed. But he survives and drags himself to… Read more »

Book Beat – Small Town Girl by Ann Gabhart

What could be more painful than watching the man you love marry your sister? In the fall of 1941, Kate Merritt puts on a properly celebratory smile as her sister Evie marries pastor Mike Champion, the object of Kate’s affections. Meanwhile, the best man, out-of-towner Jay Tanner is intrigued by Kate. Too handsome and charming… Read more »

Book Beat – Pieces of the Heart by Bonnie Calhoun

One of the reasons I enjoy writing about World War II is the vast range of stories to be told. In Pieces of the Heart, Bonnie Calhoun takes a look at the African-American experience at home and abroad. Cordelia Grace has a comfortable life in Pennsylvania and enjoys a close relationship with her grandmother, who is stitching… Read more »

Book Beat – A Quilt for Jenna

Finally a World War II Amish book! When Patrick E. Craig told me about his story last year at the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, I couldn’t wait to read A Quilt for Jenna. In 1942, Reuben Springer went against the pacifist teachings of his Amish background and joined the US Marines, but the horrors of… Read more »

Book Giveaway – The Discovery by Dan Walsh

Today I’m giving away a copy of The Discovery by Dan Walsh for three reasons – first of all, I received an extra copy in the mail last week (giveaway time!). Secondly, I’m thrilled to share one of my favorite books of the year. Third, the timing. Seventy years ago this summer, an extraordinary real-life… Read more »

Giveaway Winner – Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang by April Gardner

On Monday I featured April Gardner’s delightful World War II novel for upper-elementary children, Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang. I used a random number generator to choose a winner from those who commented, including on Goodreads. The winner is Noelle the Dreamer! Thank you for leaving your email address, Noelle. I’ll contact you so I… Read more »

Book Beat – Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang by April Gardner

The story of the Channel Islands in World War II has always fascinated me – the only British soil conquered by the Nazis, so I was thrilled when April Gardner asked me to read her children’s novel, Lizzie and the Guernsey Gang. Nine-year-old Lizzie Browning loves playing on the beach with her cousin James and brother Andre…. Read more »

Book Beat – Flame of Resistance by Tracy Groot

What would you do if you lived in a land where no one could trust anyone? Where a single misspoken word could lead to death? Tracy Groot’s Flame of Resistance explores life in Nazi-occupied France shortly before the Allied D-Day invasion of 1944. American pilot Tom Jaeger is shot down over France, and the “Flame”  Resistance… Read more »

Book Beat – Bridge of Scarlet Leaves

Readers often ask for recommendations of other novels set during World War II, and I love to refer them to Kristina McMorris’s books. Her first novel, Letters from Home, grabbed me, and her second novel, Bridge of Scarlet Leaves, is even better. Before I’d read her work, Kristina and I had started exchanging research resources,… Read more »

Book Beat – The Discovery by Dan Walsh

In June of 1942, U-boats landed eight German saboteurs on US soil, at Long Island, New York and at Jacksonville, Florida. They were all captured within two weeks before any of their planned sabotage missions had been attempted, and six of the men were executed for espionage. In The Discovery, Dan Walsh takes this fascinating… Read more »