5 World War II Novels Coming Out This Summer

By July 17, 2017New Releases, News

I’m a huge fan of historical fiction, particularly that set around the years that World War II took place. Thankfully it’s a pretty broad and rich genre, but I’m always on the look out for new reads and this summer I’m spoiled for choice!

There’s an absolute slew of brand new World War II fiction novels coming out this summer; so many in fact that I thought I’d do a blog of the best ones, for those who love the genre as much as I do!

It’s Europe, it’s 1940, and here are some great new releases!

The Lost Letter – Jillian Cantor

It’s Austria, 1938 and Kristoff is a young apprentice to a master Jewish stamp engraver. When his teacher disappears during Kristallnacht, Kristoff is forced to engrave stamps for the Germans but that doesn’t stop him working with the underground.

Zoom forward to Los Angeles, 1989 as Katie Nelson comes across her father’s stamp collection after he moved to a nursing home, sending her on a journey to learn about her father’s past and to uncover a story of passion and tragedy.

Release Date – June 13th 2017

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A Boy in Winter – Rachel Seiffert

It’s a cold grey morning in 1941 when a small, Ukrainian town is overrun by the SS and a Boy in Winter tells the story of the three days that follow. Imprisoned with his fellow Jews, Ephraim anxiously awaits word of his two sons who have been missing since daybreak, German engineer Otto Pohl only fled to escape what he saw as an illegal war and is about to end up faced with an even greater crime with no one to help. In the middle of it all is Yankel, a boy determined to survive. A Boy in Winter is a story of hope at a time when all seemed lost and is set to be one of the best sellers of the summer.

Release Date – June 1st 2017

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Stars Over Clear Lake – Loretta Elsworth

Set during the 1940s and inspired by a real life ballroom, Stars Over Clear Lake is a moving story of forbidden love, the loss that came with men who followed duty and nostalgia. Lorraine Kindred has strong memories of the Surf Ballroom and visiting for the first time in decades brings all the pain of World War II rushing back.

Release Date – May 2nd 2017

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The Alice Network – Kate Quinn

This new historical novel from Kate Quinn focuses on the lives of two women, a female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France in World War I, and an American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947. The two are finally brought together in a fantastic story of courage and redemption.

Set in the aftermath of World War II, but focusing on both wars we find ourselves in Nazi occupied France, and back in the early part of the century fighting in an occupied France years before.

Release Date – June 6th 2017

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Goodnight From London – Jennifer Robson

Author of Somewhere in France and Moonlight Over Paris brings us a brand new historical romance this summer with Goodnight from London. The book follows the fascinating story of Ruby Sutton, an ambitious American journalist who ended up in London during World War II.

Then the bombs begin to fall, and in the horror of the never ending Blitz Ruby stops being observer as she’s part of the action and it’s here she learns about love, loyalty and friendship.

Release Date – May 2nd 2017

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