On The Bookshelf

I just finished listening to two great books both set during WWII (one of my current obsessions)!

The Light Behind the Window moves back and forth between present day and 1943, a writing technique that I always seem to enjoy.

In the present day, Emilie de la Martinieres inherits her family’s chateau in southern France.  She stumbles upon an old notebook whose contents lead her on a journey to discover an aunt’s tragic love story.

In the past, Constance Carruthers finds herself sent to occupied France as an English agent.  Things don’t go quite as planned on her initial assignment and she finds herself all but a prisoner of a wealthy family whose web of deception has lasting effects on the generations that follow.

Loved it…

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The English German Girl is the heart wrenching tale of a fifteen year old German girl living in 1930s Berlin.  The Klein family is seeing everything about the their normal life gradually slipping away as Hitler wields his wrath.  They make the decision to place their daughter, Rosa, on a Kindertransport train to England where the plan is for her to obtain visas for the rest of the family to join her.  However as the war rages on she loses contact with them.

A tale of love and loss and a meticulously researched Kindertransport scene, this book was poignant and moving.

Loved it…

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Ok, I’ve done a lot of summer reading but as the seasons change here are some things I’m looking forward to as they are released over the coming weeks…

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Again, told in alternating chapters between present day and 1952, the famous Barbizon hotel is the scene. A journalist (present day) is going about uncovering the secrets of one of the hotels most famous residents.  A mystery and a love story – what’s not to love!

next up…

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The abandoned Paris apartment that I’ve written about before is the subject matter for this novel about two women and the choices they make.  I’ve read that if you loved The Nightingale that this one is a must read.

Ann Patchett, enough said…

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Crumbled marriages, families joined, six children whose bond is their parent’s disillusion – that’s enough to pull me in!

Books about Bookstores are a sure fire win with me…

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A city librarian who is a literary matchmaker loses her job and heads to the country where she sets up a mobile shop and travels from town to town to share her passion for reading.

Love.Everything.About.That

One more…

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“We were the Guineveres and we could do anything we wanted.”

Ok, I’m in!  Four girls all named Guinevere are deposited at a convent during the war.  Four soldiers appear in need of care.  I’m thinking I this is a must read!

Now just hurry up and wait!

read any good books lately?…

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Comments

  1. You might like The Winds of War and War & Remembrance by Herman Wouk.
    They are gripping.