World War Two Or Bust!

This is a big year for Holocaust books. It’s the 75th anniversary of the war. That’s a big deal. But I really hadn’t expected so many new novels dealing with WW11. Having said that, I am presenting a few of them for you to choose from. I know some of you will shake your head and say “no more.” I  understand your reluctance. But these fine authors just might change you mind. I am really glad I read them.

Mistress of the Ritz

MISTRESS OF THE RITZ by Melanie Benjamin arrived on the literary scene in May.  Miss Melanie has sure done her homework on this novel. She even stayed at the Ritz and was ushered around behind the scenes. Wow.

The Last Train To London


THE LAST TRAIN TO LONDON by Meg Waite Clayton, just had its pub date last week. Based on the Kindertransports in Europe and the real history of a Dutch woman who saved thousands of Jewish children.

Flight Portfolio

Elaine Newton has chosen THE FLIGHT PORTFOLIO by Julie Orringer, as one of her lecture series for spring 2020.  Based on a true story of saving art and lives of Jewish artists fleeing the Holocaust.

The World That We Knew

Coming in October, THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW by Alice Hoffman.  Gorgeous cover and magical story of WW11 and Jewish mysticism.

Cilka’s Journey

CILKA’S JOURNEY by Heather Morris is a sequel to the much beloved THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ. Not to be missed.  We learn more about Cilka and her harrowing life inside two prisoner of war camps.

The Winemaker’s Wife


Kristin Harmel brought us THE WINEMAKER’S WIFE a few weeks ago. She traveled to the Champagne region of France and visited with important vintners to give us this enlightening story of the underground in that part of the region during WW11. Kristin will be appearing in Punta Gorda with Copperfish Books in November. More to come of that.


DRAGONFLY  is the new novel by Leila Meacham. She brings us a story of a handful of young American men and women who serve their country at the height of WW11.  It shows how seemingly ordinary people in America worked behind the scenes  and risked their lives.


This is but a few of the new novels coming soon or recently available that show different sides of the war. I have learned that there is always more to learn when it comes to this war. Every story deserves to be told. Just stretch them out.

I’m reading far into next year and can’t wait to share with you the wonderful titles coming our way. Cheers!






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