Historical fiction is my favorite and always captivates me from the beginning! It is intense, heartbreaking, and inspiring all at once. If you love to read specifically WWII historical fiction the first 5 books are musts for you! If you love any historical fiction then this whole blog post is for you! Today I am sharing some must read books that are my absolute favorite novels to date.
#1. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
"In love, we find out who we want to be. In war, we find out who we are." This book still remains my absolute favorite! Grab the tissues and prepare to stay up all night. You will be captivated from the start!
#2. The Women In The Castle by Jessica Shattuck
The Women in the Castle is a riveting novel that hits home with the notion that sometimes it’s our shared experiences—no matter how horrific—rather than our strongly-held beliefs or common views of the world, that can bind us together and leave a lasting impression. I really enjoyed this book and know why it made the New York Times Bestseller list!
#3. The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith
From the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, The Dutch Wife braids together the stories of three individuals who share a dark secret and are entangled in two of the most oppressive reigns of terror in modern history. This is a novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, abuse and resistance, and right and wrong, as well as the capacity for ordinary people to persevere and do the unthinkable in extraordinary circumstances. This was one of the most graphic novels I read and some parts were very hard to read but it shows a side of the Holocaust not many know about.
#4. We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter
Inspired by the incredible true story of one Jewish family separated at the start of World War II, determined to survive—and to reunite—We Were the Lucky Ones is a tribute to the triumph of hope and love against all odds. The author's personal relationship to this story made it that much more incredible.
#5. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, a New York Times Book Review Top Ten Book, National Book Award finalist, more than two and a half years on the New York Times bestseller list this one should be on every bookshelf. It is about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II. Give it time to get going at first but from then on you will not be able to stop.
#6. The Orphan Train by Christina Baker
"In my nightmares I am alone on a train, heading into the wilderness. Or in a maze of hay bales. Or walking the streets of a big city, gazing at lights in every window, seeing the families inside, none of them mine." The real truth behind this wonderful story is actually quite awful. Between 1854 and 1929, more than 200,00 homeless, orphaned or abandoned children were sent to the Midwest for adoption but often more became workers instead of family members. It is a little-known fact of America's history and one I knew nothing about which made it extra interesting yet heartbreaking.
#7. A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline
As she did in her beloved smash bestseller Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline interweaves fact and fiction in a powerful novel that illuminates a little-known part of America’s history. Bringing into focus the flesh-and-blood woman behind the portrait, she vividly imagines the life of a woman with a complicated relationship to her family and her past, and a special bond with one of our greatest modern artists. Christina Baker is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors.
I will never tire of historical fiction and there are so many great ones I have yet to read! As I do I will be sure to report back and bring you even more incredible books to add to your shelves. I hope you feel inspired to get lost in a great book today!