Books to read for your weekend: The greatest wartime love stories

Books to read for your weekend: The greatest wartime love stories

I’ve never been a fan of war stories, but this is the most eye-opening reading experience I’ve had in a long time. I want each of my children and grandchildren to read them and realize how very blessed their lives are. I literally blubbered like a baby late last night while not being able to stop reading them. They touched me to my soul!. Those are the novels that teach us the cost and sacrifice of conflict and remind us why, in a time when a tweet appears capable of triggering a nuclear stand off, we should remember the lessons of the past.

This is my list of 4 books I would like to recommend to everybody. Once you choose what books to add to your reading list let me know your favorites!

All the Light We Cannot See

ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE is one of the best books you should read was named the best book by a number of publications and was a #1 New York Times Bestseller. What impressed me most was that I could have never predicted the outcome. Every piece of the back story reveals information that charges the emerging narrative with significance until at last the puzzle-box of the plot slides open to reveal the treasure hidden inside. I should emphasize that this book created an image of war in a way that I have never imagined before. I truly got a sense of what it must have been like for children who lived a happy life and then suddenly were on curfew and barely had food to eat.

The story is about a young French girl named Marie-Laure and a teenage German boy named Werner whose lives become intertwined during the war.Marie-Laure experienced disintegrating blindness when she was six years old and now has to learn to navigate the war-ridden world using a wooden model of their neighborhood that her father builds. Werner is incredibly intelligent and can dismantle receivers and put them back together again.

Anthony Doerr is the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel All the Light We Cannot See. He is also the author of two story collections Memory Wall and The Shell Collector, the novel About Grace, and the memoir Four Seasons in Rome. He has won four O. Henry Prizes, the Rome Prize, the New York Public Library’s Young Lions Award, the National Magazine Award for fiction, a Guggenheim Fellowship, and the Story Prize.

The Nightingale

With more than 36,000 reviews and five star, The Nightingale – A #1 New York Times bestseller, Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year turned me on my head, then turned me inside out.This book was spectacular, heart-rending, and gives a new and incredible perspective of the war. It is about love and healing, loss and pain. It left me in tears several times and I know it is a story that will stay with me. I am so glad I read this book and will recommend it to my friends.

The story is about Vianne and Isabelle, two sisters different as night and day, face the challenges of living in German occupied France during WWII. Both sisters are heros, they risked their lives to help others. They suffered loss and heartbreaking, life changing decisions. It explores the everyday people in a Nazi occupied country. It explores themes I’ve never even considered. It’s inspirational and motivating but it will tear you up as well.

Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, which was named Goodreads Best Historical fiction novel for 2015 and won the coveted People’s Choice award for best fiction in the same year. Additionally, it was named a Best Book of the Year by Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, the Wall Street Journal, Paste, and The Week.

The Light Between Oceans

M.L. Stedman has written a wonderful love story. It’s a love story that is complex, multi-layered, and played out by richly developed characters that are believable and realistic. The novel is satisfying in every dimension. It has a great and intriguing plot that catches the reader from the very first chapter and holds one’s interest and attention to the very final page. The characters are like people we all know and can relate to. The writing style is personal and mesmerizing. The reader can see into the thoughts and personality of each character. The author does a fabulous job of getting the reader involved with the characters and feeling what they feel. The author did a good job of not letting you know what was up her sleeve for the end

The storyline focuses on a couple, Tom and Isabel Sherbourne, newly married after World War 1, living on a remote lighthouse post one hundred miles off the shore of southwestern Australia. The insights into their characters, primarily Tom, is telling, as he deals with the terrible memories of his time in the trenches during the war, the friends he lost, and the Germans he killed. He is eminently likable in terms of his values and character. He meets Isabely they fall in love, get married, move to the remote Lighthouse island and set up as typical newlyweds. Isabel desperately wants children, but after multiple miscarriages becomes resolved to the fact that their marriage will be childless. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby. When she is two, Tom and Isabel return to the mainland and are reminded that there are other people in the world. Their choice has devastated one of them.

Beneath a Scarlet Sky

I cannot say enough about this awesome story or the author’s writing and highly recommend it to all readers. Beneath a Scarlet Sky is the true story of a forgotten hero, the #1 Amazon Charts bestseller. I’ve never been a fan of WWII stories, but this is the most eye-opening reading experience I’ve had in a long time. I want each of my children and grandchildren to read it and realize how very blessed their lives are. I literally blubbered like a baby late last night while not being able to stop reading it. It touched me to my soul! I can tell you that I was pulled in every minute and had such a tough time putting this book down. I have heard the same remarks from several of my friends that have also read the book.

Set in Italy during the last two years of the Second World War, this story follows the life of a remarkable young man, Pino Lella, who finds himself assigned as the driver of one of the most powerful Nazi officials in Italy. He accompanies this General throughout northern Italy as the war deteriorates and comes to a violent and tragic end. this story follows the life of a remarkable young man, Pino Lella, who finds himself assigned as the driver of one of the most powerful Nazi officials in Italy. He accompanies this General throughout northern Italy as the war deteriorates and comes to a violent and tragic end. Every page, every step crackles. Each twist, rooted in years of first-class reporting, shocks you anew. Through Sullivan’s gripping cast of characters, the unreality and brutality of war meet its match in the guts and wits and soul of Pino Lella, his family, his friends, and cohorts.

Mark Sullivan is the acclaimed author of eighteen novels, including the #1 New York Times bestselling Private series, which he writes with James Patterson. Mark has received numerous awards for his writing, including the WHSmith Fresh Talent Award, and his works have been named a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year.

 

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