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There are a ton of books out there, and if you are a bibliophile like me you can't seem to get enough of all of them. I'm a writer too, so I love researching with primary sources, and reading historical fiction that ties into those primary sources. I'm currently working on something about Germany 1944. But, I wanted to share with you some awesome reads that will get you going this weekend.
I haven't read this yet but the following Goodreads synopsis pulled me in with this:
For fifty years, Anna Schlemmer has refused to talk about her life in Germany during World War II. Her daughter, Trudy, was only three when she and her mother were liberated by an American soldier and went to live with him in Minnesota. Trudy's sole evidence of the past is an old photograph: a family portrait showing Anna, Trudy, and a Nazi officer, the Obersturmfuhrer of Buchenwald.
Driven by the guilt of her heritage, Trudy, now a professor of German history, begins investigating the past and finally unearths the dramatic and heartbreaking truth of her mother's life.
Combining a passionate, doomed love story, a vivid evocation of life during the war, and a poignant mother/daughter drama, Those Who Save Us is a profound exploration of what we endure to survive and the legacy of shame.
The Blitz, when England was under siege and torn apart by the Nazi's.
For fans of Jacqueline Winspear, Laurie R. King, and Anne Perry, Mr. Churchill’s Secretary captures the drama of an era of unprecedented challenge—and the greatness that rose to meet it.
London, 1940. Winston Churchill has just been sworn in, war rages across the Channel, and the threat of a Blitz looms larger by the day. But none of this deters Maggie Hope. She graduated at the top of her college class and possesses all the skills of the finest minds in British intelligence, but her gender qualifies her only to be the newest typist at No. 10 Downing Street. Her indefatigable spirit and remarkable gifts for codebreaking, though, rival those of even the highest men in government, and Maggie finds that working for the prime minister affords her a level of clearance she could never have imagined—and opportunities she will not let pass. In troubled, deadly times, with air-raid sirens sending multitudes underground, access to the War Rooms also exposes Maggie to the machinations of a menacing faction determined to do whatever it takes to change the course of history.
Ensnared in a web of spies, murder, and intrigue, Maggie must work quickly to balance her duty to King and Country with her chances for survival. And when she unravels a mystery that points toward her own family’s hidden secrets, she’ll discover that her quick wits are all that stand between an assassin’s murderous plan and Churchill himself.
In this daring debut, Susan Elia MacNeal blends meticulous research on the era, psychological insight into Winston Churchill, and the creation of a riveting main character, Maggie Hope, into a spectacularly crafted novel.
Paris, ahh! Paris in the 1940s-not just ahh, but more like Holy S***!!! Another one of these to add to my list. I have to read this.
A stunning debut novel of a young American woman who becomes a spy in Paris during World War II.
May 1940. Fleeing a glamorous Manhattan life built on lies, Claire Harris arrives in Paris with a romantic vision of starting anew. But she didn't anticipate the sight of Nazi soldiers marching under the Arc de Triomphe. Her plans smashed by the German occupation, the once- privileged socialite's only option is to take a job in a flower shop under the tutelage of a sophisticated Parisian florist.
In exchange for false identity papers, Claire agrees to aid the French Resistance. Despite the ever-present danger, she comes to love the enduring beauty of the City of Light, exploring it in the company of Thomas Grey, a mysterious Englishman working with the Resistance. Claire's bravery and intelligence make her a valuable operative, and slowly her values shift as she witnesses the courageous spirit of the Parisians.
But deception and betrayal force her to flee once again-this time to fight for the man she loves and what she knows is right-praying she has the heart and determination to survive long enough to one day see Paris again.
So there you go! Three books to read this weekend, to help me get into the 1940s mood.
Have you read them?
Do you have any others ideas of WWIII historical fiction?
(PS I'm a huge OUTLANDER fan already)
“There are darknesses in life and there are lights, and you are one of the lights, the light of all lights.”
Dracula's castle sits in the Carpathian mountains, and draws tourists largely because of Bram Stoker's book- Dracula. A blood thirsty drinker of human blood is celebrated in Romania as a local legend and a his castle as a primary attraction for travel and tourism. Right now you can get yourself out to Transylvania to visit the castle and get a chocolate from the Easter Bunny.
If you haven't heard enough there will be a photo exhibit as well of traditional Carpathian Easter customs, a show by local villagers, and of course the Easter Bunny. The Carpathian mountains are filled with legends, and traditions. On Palm Sunday, families go out to collect willow branches, then they are blessed at church and hung in the home-they believe that the branches now have healing properties. The Easter egg is one of the pre-christian symbols still embraced today here -well in most parts of the world. They paint the Pysanka on their eggs- learn how to do that here.
The castle was recently returned to the royal family, and has again become a residence for nobles. It's Dracula's castle, even though the site insists that Dracula is a fictional character that resembles Vlad the Impaler slightly. According to the castle's site-they even buried a heart on the property, recently (which is in the past 50 years) that is young considering the castle is over 500 years old!
The Easter bunny is on his way, because April 1 starts soon. Great places to find a deal to take your family to the castle is Booking.com. I love that site,because it actually has the lowest rates on airfare,homes, and car rentals. Yes, I work with Booking.com, but that is only because I love their stuff. I do not post anything on here that is not something that I use.
#Transylvania, easter bunny, travel to romania
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