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Historical Fiction – WW II

Last Updated: June 13, 2024

The Last Masterpiece by Laura Morelli

Called to Nazi-occupied Italy in 1943, a German photographer and an American stenographer hunt for priceless masterpieces before they are destroyed by Hitler, in this pulse-pounding adventure inspired by the incredible true story of the Monuments Women, the Fifth Army WACs and the looted Florentine art collections during World War II.

The Long March Home: A World War II Novel of the Pacific by Marcus Brotherton and Tosca Lee

Inspired by true stories, The Long March Home is a gripping coming-of-age tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of unrelenting hope. Jimmy Propfield joined the army for two reasons: to get out of Mobile, Alabama, with his best friends Hank and Billy and to forget his high school sweetheart, Claire. Life in the Philippines seems like paradise – until the morning of December 8, 1941, when news comes from Manila: Imperial Japan has bombed Pearl Harbor.

Sisters Under the Rising Sun by Heather Morris

Sisters Under the Rising Sun
by Heather Morris

In the midst of World War II Norah Chambers places her eight-year-old daughter Sally on a ship leaving Singapore, desperate to keep her safe from the Japanese army as they move down through the Pacific. Norah remains to care for her husband and elderly parents, knowing she may never see her child again. Sister Nesta James, a Welsh Australian nurse, has enlisted to tend to Allied troops. But as Singapore falls to the Japanese she joins the terrified cargo of people, including the heartbroken Norah, crammed aboard the Vyner Brooke merchant ship.

Hotel Laguna by Nicola Harrison

Hotel Laguna
by Nicola Harrison

This novel transports readers from the female-staffed factories of World War II to the sun-splashed beaches of southern California, plunging into one woman’s daring journey to demand more for herself. With rich period detail and skillful consideration of a postwar society in flux, Harrison spins a tale of love, identity, and the hidden secrets of the art world.

The Fervor by Alma Katsu

The Fervor
by Alma Katsu

A new psychological and supernatural twist on the horrors of the Japanese American internment camps in World War II

The Lock-Up by John Banville

The Lock-Up
by John Banville

In 1950s Dublin, Rosa Jacobs, a young history scholar, is found dead in her car. Renowned pathologist Dr. Quirke and DI St. John Strafford begin to investigate the death as a murder, but it’s the victim’s older sister Molly, an established journalist, who discovers a lead that could crack open the case. One of Rosa’s friends, it turns out, is from a powerful German family that arrived in Ireland under mysterious circumstances shortly after World War II. But as Quirke and Strafford close in, their personal lives may put the case—and everyone involved—in peril, including Quirke’s own daughter.