I hope you are doing well. I have been a fan for 3 years and love your posts and updates.
I recently read Jojo Moyes’ book, The Girl You Left Behind and it revived a love that I had forgotten – German Commanders as a leading character!
Thank you so much!
You bet, Linda!
Right off the bat the first AMAZING one that comes to mind is, of course, The Bronze Horseman (The Bronze Horseman Trilogy Book 1) by Paullina Simons. AMAZING trilogy, and these will fulfill your WWII romance and hardship needs, without a doubt. Here is my review. MichelleS agrees! “I am surprised how many people haven’t read Bronze Horseman. One of my all time favorites. Right after Outlander, probably. I know, I know… it feels like it would be crazy heavy (WWII in Leningrad) and long (3 books)… and it is… but it is sooooo worth it. An amazing love story. One of THE best, IMHO. It is so satisfying because the three books span their lifetime, so you get their ENTIRE story. How often do we get that? This is like book one plus the longest epilogue ever!!!”
Another recent one that STOLE my breath away had “sort of good” German commanders… and obvious bad ones. OMG one of the best reads ever! It was The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, (my review) and Athena agrees! “I know ‘The Nightingale’ is a little pricey but soooo worth it!! It’s a fantastic book with some of the most amazing writing I have ever read!!”
I’ve also heard that this recent release, Vanguard by CJ Markusfeld is a modern day “feel” of The Bronze Horseman. Marina says: “Vanguard by CJ Markusfeld was soooooooo good. It is the closest book to the vibe of The Bronze Horseman that I’ve encountered. But more modern day. The feels and the read is quite different. Don’t want to say much more but it is a book that will definitely stick with me forever.” and Jean agrees! “Finished Vanguard last night and absolutely loved it! Such a beautiful love story!”
bev recommends this one! “Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein. YA WWII. Supposedly rips your heart out (gulp) but lots love it.”
Jennifer found us this one! “Reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption now…the stuff those soldiers went through in WWII…unbelievable!”
Teresa suggests this one! “For American readers, I would recommend Five Quarters of the Orange (P.S.) by Johanna Harris, the woman who wrote Chocolat, … it’s set in the UK during WWII. It is unforgettable… I love this author. All 4-5 reads”
So… what else do you guys recommend for us? It’s obvious these are classic true romance reads that completely capture us. Pure escapism (even if the “escape” is during a tenuous, terrifying time). I agree, Linda. I, too, want more!