WW II Historical Fiction
Historical fiction is without a doubt my favorite genre. I especially enjoy World War II historical fiction based on true life events or people. My last two reads are not based on real people or real events specifically but they were both good reads none the less.
Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse is a YA book that I found by chance while exploring Barnes and Nobel. Hanneke is a young Danish girl in Amsterdam in 1943. She spends her time finding goods on the black market for paying customers. Then on a regular day of deliveries Hanneke is asked by a customer to find a Jewish girl that she was hiding…the girl in the blue coat. The story expands from there as Hanneke is pulled reluctantly into the resistance as she searches for the girl. This book had a twist at the end that I was not expecting. That twist made the book for me. YA books are often overlooked. I’ve found them, in most cases, to be thought provoking and quick reads. Do you have a favorite YA book? I’d love to hear your YA book suggestions!
I read The Postmistress by Sarah Blake next. I don’t typically read two books back to back from the same genre but the introductory drew me into this book. The premise is a postmistress in a small town on the tip of Cape Cod who ultimately does not deliver a letter during WW II. There is also a side story of Frances Bard, a radio reporter in London, during the same time. About two thirds through the book these stories intersect and in the end they come crashing together. Honestly, this was a three star read for me. The story was relatively flat. The ending seemed rushed and incomplete. It never quite wrapped up the ends with the introduction in mind. Another fact that was just simply annoying…the town referenced is actually in the middle of Massachusetts, not even close to Cape Cod. I know it’s a small fact but if you are going to use a real town name, please use one that is actually in the area you are writing about. Just my two cents.
What have you been reading lately?