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That's Anne (at right) with author Laura Lico Albanese. Anne loves historical fiction, thrillers (especially espionage), Jewish fiction, and romance. She is an avid audiobook listener. Anne recommends...
Marah Chase and the Fountain of Youth by
This is the sequel to Marah Chase and the Conqueror's Tomb. Marah is the younger female version of Indiana Jones and the adventures are just as improbable, but a lot of fun. In this book she goes looking for the Ark of the Covenant and the Garden of Eden, all while searching for a lost friend and trying to outwit her enemies. Pure escapism and I really enjoyed it.
The Book of Lost Names by
From the author of The Room on Rue Amelie, this is another WWII story set in France, and based on a true story. Eva Traube, 86 and living in Florida, sees an article about a stolen book now in a Berlin library and immediately boards a plane for Germany. She was a graduate student in Paris, from a Polish-Jewish background, forced to flee to Vichy France when her father was taken by the Nazis in 1942. Skilled at art and forging papers, she joins with a priest and local resistance group to save the lives of hundreds of Jewish children. Afraid the children's identities will be erased, she records their true names, in code, in a church book. Filled with history, romance, suspense and heartbreak, it's a book that will stay with you.
The Switch by
Leena, burned out from grief and her high pressure job, and Eileen, her 80 year-old grandmother who is bored with life in a small Yorkshire village, decide to trade places for two months. Eileen moves in with Leena's thirtysomething roommates in crowded yet lonely London, while Leena finds the challenges and pleasures of living with quirky villagers who know everyone's business. What ensues is a heartwarming tale and one that is a pleasure to read, as they both learn basic truths and how to look at the world differently.
The Guest List by
Set on an isolated island, wedding guests gather for a high-profile wedding. Friends of both the bride and groom are hiding dark secrets and the suspense ratchets up when someone is murdered. With twists I didn't see coming, I found it hard to put down.
Red Sky Over Hawaii by
This is the third book (after Island of Sweet Pies and Soldiers and The Lieutenant's Nurse) by Sara Ackerman set in Hawaii at the beginning of WWII. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor and her father's untimely death, Lana Hitchcock flees to a remote property on the Big Island with two young German girls and some Japanese neighbors to keep them safe. At the same time, she is keeping this secret from her new romance with the Army Major running the nearby detention camp. I enjoyed each of these heartwarming novels for their Hawaiian atmosphere and themes about protecting the innocent, especially in wartime.
Magpie Murders by
A mystery within a mystery, this book was full of red herrings and fun to read. The opening story is the manuscript of a new book by a published author, set in a small English village in 1955, where several suspicious deaths occur and a renowned detective is called in to investigate. But just as the detective is solving the murders, the manuscript ends with pages missing. The book's editor, while hunting for the missing ending, becomes embroiled in a real-life murder mystery of her own. Some may prefer one story over the other, but both were hard to solve and very enjoyable to read. A sequel, Moonflower Murders, is being published in November 2020.
Anne's WWII Fiction Picks