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The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green

The Lines Between Us by Amy Lynn Green

When the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, a budding romance between Dorie Armitage and Gordon Hooper is clipped short as Dorie is appalled by Gordon’s pacifism. Worse, in Dorie’s eyes, Gordon influences her brother Jack into becoming a conscientious objector. Dorie herself enlists in the Women’s Army Corps, even though her penchant for defying rules makes military life rather difficult for her. As cons... Read Article
Yours Is the Night by Amanda Dykes

Yours Is the Night by Amanda Dykes

All Mireilles has ever known is living in the Argonne woods with only her beloved father and grandfather. But then the Great War leaves her alone and in danger she can’t begin to fathom. Matthew Petticrew serves in the US Army, quiet and serious, with a deep need for the belonging he has never known in his lonely life. Out in the trenches, Matthew is surrounded by a mismatched band of misfits. Henry, the farm b... Read Article
A Rose for the Resistance by Angela K. Couch

A Rose for the Resistance by Angela K. Couch

In June 1940, Rosalie Barrieau watches in horror as the Nazis invade her beloved French village of Sainte-Mère-Église and execute her boyfriend, and as her young brother joins the Resistance. She just wants to keep the family nursery blooming and to protect her withdrawn mother. However, as Nazi brutality increases in the next few years, she decides she can no longer remain passive. Injured German SS soldier Franz ... Read Article
Make It Do - Metal Shortages in World War II

Make It Do – Metal Shortages in World War II

Imagine going to the store and not finding batteries, thumbtacks, alarm clocks, or paper clips on the shelves. During World War II, metals were needed for military purposes. Ships and planes and jeeps and guns and ration tins and helmets took precedence over civilian products. After the United States entered the war, factories quickly shifted from manufacturing civilian goods to military matériel. Preparation for Wa... Read Article

The Mozart Code by Rachel McMillan

In postwar Vienna, Simon Barre and Sophie Villiers, who formerly cracked codes at Britain’s Bletchley Park, are now fighting a new war, a cold war. Simon is determined to bring down a ring of communists who want to cause an uprising in Vienna and turn the nation to their cause. He begins receiving cryptic notes using chess notation from a man called “Das Flüstern” – The Whisper – a man ... Read Article

Until Leaves Fall in Paris in Target Stores! Reader Photo Contest

*NOTE* CONTEST HAS CLOSED. I am so excited to announce that Until Leaves Fall in Paris is now available in Target stores nationwide! If you haven’t read the book yet, or if you were thinking of buying a copy for a birthday or Christmas gift, why not buy one at your local Target? To celebrate, I’m holding a photo contest! Head to your local Target store and take a photo of the book – or a story or a reel or a vi... Read Article
Make It Do - Clothing in World War II, on Sarah Sundin's blog

Make It Do – Clothing in World War II

During World War II, the United States didn’t ration clothing as the United Kingdom and many other nations did, but restrictions were applied, and fashions adapted to use less fabric. Why Clothing? Eleven million men and women served in the US military during the war, and they all needed uniforms. This strained the country’s supply of fabric, particularly wool, and the garment manufacturing system. Since Japan pr... Read Article

Until Leaves Fall in Paris Release Day Giveaway!

*GIVEAWAY HAS CLOSED* To celebrate the release of Until Leaves Fall in Paris, I’m giving away a prize pack of items related to the story! Come join me on Facebook Live Video on Wednesday, February 2, 2022 at 11 am PST/2 pm EST where I’ll describe the items and their significance to the story! The video will be available for viewing afterward as well. To celebrate this novel about an American ballerina-turned-book... Read Article

Winter in Wartime Paris

Bonjour! We may not be able to travel to France this year, but we’d like to invite you to journey across France with us through our World War II novels. I’m teaming up with Melanie Dobson and Liz Tolsma (two of my favorite authors!) for the Winter in France Giveaway from January 22-29, 2022! We’re kicking off today, January 22, with a Facebook Live event on Liz Tolsma’s page at 10 am PST/1 p... Read Article
Books in World War II, on Sarah Sundin's blog

Books in World War II

Books in World War II Books and reading played a vital and surprising role in World War II in the United States, involving civilians in the war effort, increasing morale in the military, and spreading democratic values at home and abroad. When the United States entered World War II in 1941, the average American soldier had an eleventh-grade education and didn’t read for pleasure. Hardback books cost $2, which were ... Read Article
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