Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Christian WWII Books and Authors



Having been on a bit of a WWII kick lately, I felt like compiling a selection of Christian WWII fiction.  Just so you know, there's a lot more out there than I thought!  I severely doubt this is a comprehensive list, but I have tried to be thorough as possible.

A Woman's Place* indicates I have read it

Lynn Austin

A Woman's Place (2006)*
While We're Far Apart (2010)

Austin's works describe life on the Home Front for women, children, and men whose loved ones have joined the war.

Kate Breslin
Thief of Glory   -     By: Sigmund Brouwer
For Such a Time (2014)*

A retelling of Esther, focusing on a Czechoslovakian transit camp

Sigmund Brouwer
Thief of Glory (2014)*
A gritty novel in the Pacific, in a Japanese internment camp


Kristy Cambron
Hidden Masterpiece
1. The Butterfly and the Violin (2014)*
2. A Sparrow in Terezin (2015)*

The Butterfly and the Violin, Hidden Masterpiece Series #1   -     By: Kristy Cambron
The present and the past intertwine in these books which take place both in WWII and the present.

Jack Cavanaugh
Songs in the Night
1. While Mortals Sleep (2001)
2. His Watchful Eye (2002)
3. Above All Earthly Powers (2004)

Cathy Gohlke
Saving Amelie (2014)*
Secrets She Kept (2015)*

Gohlke specializes in profound stories of Germany's role in the war--the beautiful, the ugly, the praiseworthy, the unspeakable--and wraps them in compelling narratives that shine God's truth from a dark place.

Tricia Goyer
WWII Liberators
Songbird Under a German MoonFrom Dust and Ashes: A Story of Liberation (2003)
Night Song: A Story of Sacrifice (2004)
Dawn of a Thousand Nights: A Story of Honor (2005)
Arms of Deliverance: A Story of Promise (2006)

Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington (2010)

Songbird Under a German Moon (2010) (Post-WWII Germany)

Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey 
The Swiss Courier (2009)*
Chasing Mona Lisa (2012)*

Flame of Resistance  -     By: Tracy Groot
Swiss agents star in these two novels as they first smuggle an important scientist out of Germany and then race through France to rescue the Mona Lisa from German hands.  Suspense and adventure are the main focus, though there is still a touch of romance.

Tracy Groot
Flame of Resistance (2012)*

A tale of French resistance--and retelling of the story of Rahab--in the final weeks leading up to D-Day

Written on the Wind (Daughters of Fortune #1)
Judith Pella
Daughters of Fortune
1. Written on the Wind (2001)
2. Somewhere a Song (2002)
3. Toward the Sunrise (2003)
4. Homeward my Heart (2004)

Cara Putman 
Stars in the Night (2010)*
Shadowed by Grace (2013)
Stars in the Night
Historical suspense, first on the Home Front in Hollywood and then in Italy


Sarah Sundin
Wings of Glory 
1. A Distant Melody (2010)*
2. A Memory Between Us (2010)*
3. Blue Skies Tomorrow (2011)*

Focusing on the Novak family of California, all three sons have joined the air force and battle the Germans over in Europe. 

Wings of the Nightingale
1. With Every Letter (2012)*
2. On Distant Shores (2013)*
3. In Perfect Time (2014)*
 
Through Waters Deep
Just as the Civil War was the start of a new era for nurses - women as nurses in hospitals! - so WWII put them in a new place - on board aircraft for medical evacuations.  While injured men were being evacuated to hospitals and out of harm's way, nurses tended them to keep them alive on the flight to safety, sometimes hours away.  Sundin's series follows three different flight nurses and their experiences as some of the first women in the air - from the intense training, to the prejudice received, to their incredible mark on history. 


Waves of Freedom (tentative titles) 
1. Through Waters Deep (2015)*
2. Anchor in the Storm (2016)*
3. When Tides Turn (2017)

Vienna Prelude (Zion Covenant, #1)Sundin's next series scheduled to come out is about the Avery family, with three naval officers from Boston fighting in the Atlantic during the early years of WWII, and the three women  - a shipyard worker, a pharmacist, and a WAVE (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service) - with whom they fall in love. 

Bodie and Brock Thoene
Zion Covenant
1. Vienna Prelude (1989)
2. Prague Counterpoint (1989)
3. Munich Signature (1990)
4. Jerusalem Interlude (1990)
5. Danzig Passage (1991)
Snow on the Tulips  -     By: Liz Tolsma
6. Warsaw Requiem (1991)
7. London Refrain (2005)
8. Paris Encore (2005)
9. Dunkirk Crescendo (2005)
The HomecomingSons of Thunder
Liz Tolsma
Women of Courage
1. Snow on the Tulips (2013)*
2. Daisies are Forever (2014)*
3. Remember the Lilies (2015)

Dan Walsh
The Unfinished Gift (2009)
The Homecoming (2010)
The Discovery (2012)

The first two take place on the Home Front in WWII, while The Discovery is actually a contemporary novel about a young man finding his deceased grandfather's manuscript to a WWII love story, and what he learns through the tale. 

Susan May Warren
Sons of Thunder (2010)
Nightingale (2010)*

Nightingale looks into the American prisoner of war camps in the Midwest - where German soldiers were held right next door to many German immigrants and first generation Americans who still had strong ties to Germany. 

NOVELLA COLLECTIONS
Where Treetops Glisten (2014)* by Tricia Goyer, Cara Putman, and Sarah Sundin - a heartwarming, Christmas-themed collection set in WWII

What other Christian WWII novels do you recommend?

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