Each week when I work through what to write, I often have this kind of timidity that what I work on is a kind of rise and repeat boring cycle of content. (Likely this is coupled with the fact that I’m forever doing these things last minute!) I think as humans, it’s something we all struggle with in some format because most of the time, we are our own worst enemy. However, even though the last two weeks in particular are similar, I won’t lie, I’m glad. When it’s to honor or celebrate something important, I don’t mind in the last. This week, the anniversary of D-Day just happens to fall on Sunday, so I’m taking the opportunity of this week’s list to spotlight some of the WWII historical fiction novels I’ve read or hope to read.
These include Christian novels that specifically cover the Normandy time period and classic fiction that centers in and around WWII. Some of these may fit in with the topic a bit more than others, but to curate a list, they share the commonality of being WWII fiction and for our purposes, this is what I want. Let’s take a look and reflect on what days like today represent.
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1: THE BUTTERFLY AND THE VIOLIN, KRISTY CAMBRON
2: WHOSE WAVES THESE ARE, AMANDA DYKES
3: FROM ASH AND SAND, AMY HARMON
Books by Amy have been recommended to me before and despite the fact that I’m 99% sure I’ve had her books in my cart, I’ve never bought one. This novel follows two people in love, who are being pulled in two different directions. Shop on Amazon \ Goodreads
4: WITH LOVE, WHEREVER YOU ARE, DANDI DALEY MACKALL
I had not heard of this one until Courtney mentioned it on Twitter. It’s a novel that connects our lovers through letters as both go their separate ways during the trials of war (she’s a nurse and he’s a doctor on the front lines). Also, another fun thing about this one is that it’s inspired by the authors own parents love story. Shop on Amazon \ Goodreads
5: THE LONDON RESTORATION, RACHEL MCMILLAN
Courtney again mentioned Rachel’s novel and I’m (again!) reminded how very intriguing this book sounds. It follows a codebreaker who struggles to keep a healthy marriage because of the secrets she must keep. Also, any romance that’s between a married couple is always an interesting change. Shop on Amazon \ Goodreads
6: COURAGEOUS BRIDE, JANE PEART
I read these books years ago. They have a kind of special place in my heart because they were my cousin’s books. There’s 15 books (I think) in the Montclair series, but this one spans the WWII era. Shop on Amazon \ Goodreads
7: DAUGHTERS OF FORTUNTE (SERIES), JUDITH PELLA
It’s been a long time since I read anything by Judith Pella, and certainly ages since reading some of these books. I cannot remember if I read all of the books in the series, but book two opens in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor and the rest of the novels take place during the height of WWII. Shop on Amazon \ Goodreads
8: THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY, MARY ANN SHAFFER
This is, in many regards, a classic. It’s also a novel I didn’t read until right before its Netflix adaptation aired. But it’s a charming story of a WWII journalist (who wrote stories under a pseudonym to entertain) who is looking to write something more important. It’s a sweet novel, but also looks at some of the scars of the era. Shop on Amazon \ Goodreads
9: THROUGH WATERS DEEP, SARAH SUNDIN
Sarah is, without question, my favorite WWII fiction author and probably my favorite historical fiction author. Her books, this series most particularly, have this ideal balance of being sweet and light while still paying homage to the seriousness in which these characters live. Her last novel, When Twilight Breaks, is much more serious but still expertly written. Shop on Amazon | Goodreads
10: THE SEA BEFORE US, SARAH SUNDIN
I wanted to all include this Normandy Sunrise series as its own bullet point since the 3 book series centers on the events of Normandy. I haven’t yet read these, but I image because of the subject, they’re a bit weightier. Shop on Amazon \ Goodreads
11: EVERY STORM, LORI WICK
12: SONS OF THUNDER, SUSAN MAY WARREN
Don’t think I’ve read these books by Susan (hard to know since I’ve read SO many by her), but they sound interesting. And I know she can write historical as well as contemporary. Shop on Amazon \ Goodreads
Ok, like always, I turn things over to you. Obviously, there’s so (SO) many not on this list. What WWII fiction do you love or recommend? What important titles did I miss? Are there any here you don’t like? Who’s your favorite author in the genre? Comment all of your thoughts below. Let’s chat.
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