Step Back Into Time With These 7 WWII Romance Novels
Step back in time with a WWII romance novel!
World War II Romance Novels
World War II was one of the most unforgettable times not only the history of the United States, but also nearly every country across the planet. The world still feels the ramifications of the war today, and likely will for a long time to come. A lot of fiction has been written about it, including these World War II romance novels.
Whether they're based in reality or completely fictionalized, there are a lot of different stories to tell from World War II that make for interesting books. These stories are heartbreaking, tragic, romantic, full of hope and sorrow. Most of all, they are human. That's why World War II makes such good backdrop for romance given all these elements authors can include to make a great story. It's a delicate topic and care needs to be taken when handling such a story when people who lived through the war are still alive.
Here are seven compelling World War II romance novels that are wonderful novels to add to your reading list. Read the book summaries and prepare to shed a few tears (or more than a few if you're anything like me).
1. Of Windmills and War by Diane H. Moody
In Chicago, Danny McClain's life revolved around the Cubs, his penpal in Holland, and his after school job. Then Pearl Harbor happened, and Danny finds himself stationed in England, the co-pilot of a B-17. In 1940, when Anya Versteeg was just a teenager, Hitler invaded Holland and she knew it was her calling to join the Dutch Resistance. Within just a few years, Occupied Holland was starving and without resources. People were dying in the streets. Lieutenant Danny McClain is a part of Operation Chowhound. He knows that somewhere in Holland is the girl he's written to for years, the girl he loves more than anything.
2. Garden of Her Heart by Shanna Hatfield
After Pearl Harbor gets bombed, Miko Nishimura's entire life changes. Miko gets kicked off the bus on her way to the Portland Assembly Center for Japanese Americans, miles from where she needs to be. Soon, she will be a fugitive despite the fact she was born in the United States. Miko makes the decision to head to her grandparents' abandoned farm. There, she discovers a wounded soldier and begins taking care of him. After getting wounded in the Battle of the Atlantic, Captain Rock Laroux decides he wants to die at his family home and sneaks out of the hospital. He loses his energy and makes it as far as the produce stand he used to go to as a child, waking up to a beautiful woman saving his life.
3. A Hope at the End of the World by Sarah Lark
Two Polish teenagers, Helena and Luzyna Grabowski, have lost their parents and their home and get sent to a refugee camp in Persia. They discover orphans are being relocated to New Zealand, making Helena hopeful until she discovers only Luzyna was chosen to go. They day Luzyna is to leave, she doesn't show up, and Helena makes the decision to take her place. Despite the people of New Zealand embracing the orphans, she feels guilty leaving her sister behind. There, she meets Allied pilot James, a man who brings her hope for the future for the first time.
4. The Color of Secrets by Lindsay Jayne Ashford
The world is at war, and a white Englishwoman Eva is alone now after receiving news her husband has gone missing and is presumed dead. She isn't exactly a widow, but she no longer feels like a wife either, living in limbo. Then she meets a black American GI named Bill. During their time together, they fall in love, knowing each day could be the last they see each other until it eventually is. Eva discovers she's pregnant with Bill's child and knows her daughter, Louisa, will have a hard road ahead. Eva will do anything to protect her daughter from the world. However, Louisa grows up and eventually, she wants to know the truth of the past her mother's long kept hidden.
5. Basic Training of the Heart by Jaycie Morrison
After experiences heartbreak and her father trying yet again to control her life, socialite Elizabeth Carlton joins the Women's Army Corps. She's never been good at taking orders, even if they come from someone as beautiful and intriguing as Sergeant Gale Rains. Gale is used to being challenged, but Elizabeth is something else. She grew up Sioux and was forced to let go of her heritage to assimilate into the Army. Now she's an esteemed drill instructor, readying women for their life for WAC. So why is one rich girl getting under her skin so much?
6. Black Rose, White Forest by Eoin Dempsey
The Gerber family's summer cottage in the Black Forest was once a happy place, but since the rise of Hitler, Franka Gerber is now alone since her brother and father were killed. A German dissenter, she isn't sure why she doesn't kill the unconscious man in the Luftwaffe uniform on sight. Instead, she takes him to her family cabin. It turns out the airman isn't who he seems and they begin to form a bond, a dangerous one as he is being hunted by the Gestapo. Will they be able to trust each other enough to finish a mission that can help the war effort? Will they trust each other enough to ever be together?
7. The Lieutenant's Nurse by Sara Ackerman
Before joining the Army Corps as a nurse, living in Michigan, Eva Cassidy had never seen the ocean. She is assigned aboard the SS Lurline and meets Lt. Clark Spencer, finding herself drawn to him despite that fact he clearly has secrets. Eva might love him, but she can't allow herself to be in a relationship, not with the future she wants to live. Clark works as navy intelligence and tells her the U.S. will end up joining the war eventually, but neither of them expect just how bad it's about to get. Along with the other nurses, Eva helps keep soldiers alive. She lives in fear, terrified that everything she holds dear will be destroyed. Eventually, Eva will be at a crossroads and will have to decide just how far she'll got to protect those she loves most.
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