The Black Swan of Paris

By Karen Robards - Published 2020


Robards’ gripping novel is a powerful tale set in 1944 Nazi-occupied France. Artists have leeway in this strict, brutal regime, which enables Genevieve Dumont, ...Read Review

The Socialite

By J'nell Ciesielski - Published 2020


Inspirational Romance

In 1941, France was a hell on earth for its citizens, as they braced themselves for another year of brutal Nazi occupation. Into this ...Read Review

Somerville’s War

By Andrew Duncan - Published 2020


All seems idyllic on the shores of the Beaulieu River, where we meet the movers and shakers of the local sailing club busily ...Read Review

A Ritchie Boy

By Linda Kass - Published 2020


“O Lord,” prays the optimist, “please make bad people good and good people … interesting!” Linda Kass’s lovely novel in stories may be ...Read Review

The Berlin Airlift: The World’s Largest Ever Air Supply Operation (Images of Aviation)

By John Grehan - Published 2019



This book is worth having for the illustrations alone.  The 1940’s were the golden age for black and white photojournalism and The Berlin ...Read Review

The Day the Sun Fell

By Bun Hashizume - Published 2019



On August 6, 1945, fourteen-year-old Bun Hashizume started her day in Hiroshima under a serene, blue sky. She walked along the road on her way ...Read Review

Louder Than Words (The Heroes Quartet)

By Kathy Kacer - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

Eldina Sternik is a kind and bright girl. At age twelve, she cares for her younger sisters, reads voraciously, helps her mother with ...Read Review

Hunger Winter

By Rob Currie - Published 2020


Children/Young Adult

In this debut novel for middle-grade students, Rob Currie has crafted the remarkable story of a young Dutch boy who finds his life ...Read Review

The Words I Never Wrote

By Jane Thynne - Published 2020


In her latest venture into historical fiction, author Jane Thynne turns her attention to two socialite sisters on opposite sides in World War ...Read Review

A Woman’s War

By S. Block - Published 2019



Simon Block was behind the TV drama Home Fires, and his novel Keep the Home Fires Burning (2018) was reviewed in HNR 86. These introduced ...Read Review

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