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Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff

Shangri-la conjures up images of a utopian kingdom where no one suffers or ages—a la the classic movie.  But the book Lost in Shangri-la is grounded in reality, relaying the harrowing rescue of a band of soldiers during World War … Continue reading

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

This sometimes drawn-out tale revolves around the life of Dorothy Nicolson and her family.  It moves between present day, 1959 and 1942.  Chapter headings help the reader keep track of the time frame.  Dorothy is dying and her daughter, Laurel, … Continue reading

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Prague Fatale by Phillip Kerr

This rambling mystery moves from Berlin to Prague as Bernie Gunther, recently on the Eastern Front with the German army, resumes his work as detective.  While investigating the death of a Dutch railway worker he becomes involved with a local … Continue reading

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Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

It’s been 24 hours since I’ve finished Code Name Verity, and I am still staring at a wall, recovering. We first meet our heroine as a prisoner of war in Occupied France, writing down everything she knows about the Allied War … Continue reading

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The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

This book is about a magic house towering above the Czech city of Brno. The house was custom built by a visionary architect for a Jewish-Catholic newlywed couple in the 1920s. The new house projects wealth, self-confidence, beauty and a … Continue reading

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Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

This is a delightful tale told in epistolary form. Set in 1946, its heroine is Juliet Ashton, a 33 year old London writer who like everyone else is recovering from the devastation of World War II. She corresponds regularly by … Continue reading

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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

This is an extraordinary story about an extraordinary man. In May 1943, an Army Air Forces Bomber crashed into the Pacific. One of three survivors was Lieutenant Louis Zamperini. Louis had been an incorrigible child until as a teenager his … Continue reading

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Silence of the Grave by Arnaldur Indriđason

A baby chewing on a human rib bone leads to the discovery of a skeleton in a housing construction site. Which leads Erlendur Sveinsson, Detective Inspector with the Reyjavik Iceland Police to wonder why there are red currant bushes planted … Continue reading

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The Distant Hours by Kate Morton

As a confirmed Anglophile who enjoys period pieces I find Kate Morton’s mix of modern day and “old England” to be very engaging. Her latest book story begins with Edie’s visit to Milderhurst Castle where the sisters Blythe have lived … Continue reading

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The Lost Garden by Helen Humphreys

Set in 1941, The Lost Garden is a beautifully written story about a thirty-five-year-old English woman who volunteers for the Women’s Land Army, an organization devoted to growing crops for the war effort. Gwen Davis, who works for the Royal Horticultural … Continue reading

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