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World War II is a devastating and fascinating time in our history. There is so much from the years between 1939 and 1945 that can be explored and unpacked in fiction. These stories are emotional, inspiring, heroic, and heartbreaking. Many of these novels feature stories of women who risked their lives to aid in the fight against the Nazis.

I have a few friends who absolutely love reading WWII books. While wandering around the bookstore recently, I started to notice a trend in the books I was picking up to look at – nearly every single one of them was set during or shortly before/after the second world war. Interesting, eh? The covers and titles were catching my attention. The back cover copy was incredibly interesting. Right away, I knew, this is a blog post! So here you are…

Here are 9 novels set during World War II that you should add to your reading pile right now.

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff book cover

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

In 1946, a woman finds a suitcase in New York that contains a dozen photos of women. These women were undercover agents during WWII. What happened to them? She intends to find out.

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Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini book cover

Resistance Women by Jennifer Chiaverini

Inspired by actual events, an American woman marries a German economist and, with their friends, do what they can to resist the Nazis and take the Reich down from within.

Want to read it? Buy a copy today.

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The German Midwife by Mandy Robotham

As a trained midwife stuck in a concentration camp, Anke does what she can to help the pregnant women and babies around her. But soon she is tasked to care for Eva Braun, the pregnant companion of Adolf Hitler.

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The Fire by Night book cover

The Fire by Night by Teresa Messineo

The story of two American nurses serving in WWII. One is on the battlefields of France, the other is trying to save lives in a Japanese POW camp in the Philippines .After the war, they both have to figure out how to find peace.

Want to read it? Buy a copy today.

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The Paris Seamstress by Natasha Lester

A story of two women, told across generations. A seamstress flees Paris for New York when the Germans invade. Seventy-five years later, her granddaughter goes to a gala celebrating her design career and learns of her heartbreaking past.

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The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer book cover

The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer

When her best friend and fiance disappears, a young woman tries to maintain hope while avoiding the Nazi soldiers patrolling in her area.

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The Spies of Shilling Lane book cover

The Spies of Shilling Lane by Jennifer Ryan

A village woman goes to London in the midst of the Blitz to search for her missing daughter and recover from her divorce.

Want to read it? Buy a copy today.

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At the Wolf's Table book cover

At the Wolf’s Table by Rosella Postorino andLeah Joneczko

A young woman is conscripted to become a taster for Hitler, sampling his meals three times a day to check for poison.

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The Secret Orphan by Glynis Peters

A woman takes in a little girl orphaned by Nazi bombs, but soon learns a secret about the child that has her turning to a Canadian pilot to help her protect the girl.

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Looking for more WWII stories? Here are 9 more novels set during WWII.

 

Have you read any of these? What did you think?

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