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The good pilot Peter Woodhouse: a novel
By Alexander McCall Smith. 2018
Val Eliot, a young woman working on an English farm during the war, meets Mike, a U.S. Air Force pilot…stationed nearby. When Val rescues a Border Collie named Peter Woodhouse, who is being mistreated by his owner, she realizes the dog would actually be safer with Mike. And so Peter Woodhouse finds a new home on the air force base, and Val finds herself falling in love. Peter Woodhouse becomes Dog First Class, a canine mascot on the base who boldly accompanies the officers on their missions, and Val becomes Mike's fiancée. But then a disaster jeopardizes the future of them all, and Peter Woodhouse brings Ubi, a German corporal, into their orbit, sparking a friendship that comes with great risk but carries with it the richest of rewards. 2018.
The glass palace
By Mary Ann Gibbs. 1973
Victorian romance set in England in 1854. Treated as a poor relation rather than as an adopted daughter, Tabbie accidentally…finds out about her true parents when she meets a wounded soldier while a nurse in the Crimean war. 1975, c1973.
The girl you left behind
By Jojo Moyes. 2012
France, 1916. Sophie Lefèvre treasures the portrait her husband painted of her before going off to war. So does the…German commander who takes over Sophie’s hotel. Ninety years later the painting hangs in the home of London widow Liv Halston - and Sophie’s descendants want it back. 2012.
The golden mile
By John Sherlock. 1986
Four women attempt to smuggle a fortune in jewels out of the Warsaw ghetto to Switzerland. Their eventual goal is…to aid Jewish survivors of the Holocaust. This saga spans 40 years. 1986.
The Glory Boys
By Douglas Reeman. 2006
A tale of war and courage, set in World War II Malta, and the pivotal role played in the islands'…defence by the small motor gunboats known as "The Glory Boys". Some descriptions of sex, violence and some strong language. 2006.
The ghost road (World War I trilogy ; #3)
By Pat Barker. 1996
Psychologist William Rivers struggles with the dilemma of healing men who must then rejoin the battle. Patient Billy Prior wants…to return to the French front, though the war is nearing an end. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. Final book in Barker's World War I trilogy. Sequel to "The eye in the door." 1995 Booker Prize winner. 1996. (World War I trilogy ; 3)
The ghosts of Africa: a novel
By William Stevenson. 1980
Based on the savage struggle in east Africa during World War I, and the real-life renegade German army commander Paul…von Lettow. Stevenson's novel traces the circumstances that combined to create an explosive situation in the African continent. c1980.
The gentle infantryman
By William Young Boyd. 1985
In the final months of World War II in Europe Private Will Hope, an eighteen-year-old draftee, is rushed into battle…as a replacement. Beginning in a gun crew, he is later absorbed into a mine platoon that doubles as a rifle platoon. From France to Austria, Hope learns how to be a combat soldier and, more importantly, how to be a survivor. Realistic battle scenes. Some strong language and some descriptions of sex. 1985.
The General danced at dawn
By George MacDonald Fraser. 1986
The five books of Moses Lapinsky
By Karen X Tulchinsky. 2003
In 2003, a mild-mannered historian named Moses Lapinsky begins to write a biography of his father, a famous Jewish-Canadian boxer…named Sonny. His research takes him from the 1930's to the 1950's, as he describes the fortunes of the Lapinsky family. In particular, it was the events of August 1933, at the riot at Christie Pits Park, which changed the lives of all four Lapinsky brothers forever. Some strong language and descriptions of violence. 2003.
The foreign correspondent: a novel
By Alan Furst. 2006
In Paris, on a winter night in 1938, a murder/suicide at a discreet lovers' hotel is not romantic tragedy -…it is the work of the OVRA, Mussolini's fascist secret police, and meant to eliminate the editor of Liberazione, a clandestine emigre newspaper. In the desperate politics of a Europe on the edge of war, a foreign correspondent is a pawn - worth surveillance, or blackmail, or murder. 2006.
The forge (Library Of Alabama Classics)
By T. S Stribling. 1900
An Alabama family, headed by slaveowner and cotton farmer Jimmie Vaiden, finds their southern way of life profoundly affected by…the Civil War and its aftermath. Strong language. Prequel to "The store" . 1931.
The flowers of the field
By Sarah Harrison. 1980
Two sisters, Thea and Dulcie, each find new expression in their lives with the coming of World War II and…the social change that it brings. Some explicit descriptions of sex. 1980.
By Alice Hoffman. 2005
Growing up the daughter of an Amazon queen who shuns her, Rain rebels against the ways of her tribe through…her sister-like relationship with Io, and her feelings for a boy from a tribe of wanderers. Some descriptions of sex and violence. 2005.
The final solution: a story of detection
By Michael Chabon. 2004
In deep retirement in the English country-side, an eighty-nine-year-old man, vaguely recollected by locals as a once-famous detective, is more…concerned with his beekeeping than with his fellow man. Into his life wanders Linus Steinman, nine years old and mute, who has escaped from Nazi Germany with his sole companion: an African gray parrot. What is the meaning of the mysterious strings of German numbers the bird spews out -- a top-secret SS code? The keys to a series of Swiss bank accounts perhaps? Or something more sinister? Is the solution to this last case -- the real explanation of the mysterious boy and his parrot -- beyond even the reach of the once-famed sleuth? 2004.
The fearsome particles
By Trevor Cole. 2006
Gerald Woodlore wakes one morning to find that he has reached the limits of what he can control. His company…is in trouble, his wife Vicki is bending under the image of perfect happiness she constructs, and his son, Kyle, who quit school to volunteer with the military's civilian support staff in Afghanistan, has returned in the wake of a mysterious and traumatic event. Some descriptions of violence and some strong language. 2006.
The Fallon blood (The fallon Ser. #Bk. 1)
By Reagan O'Neal. 1995
Escaping brutal English overlords in the 1760s, Irishman Michael Fallon travels to Charleston, South Caroline and becomes an indentured servant.…A dalliance with his employer's daughter leads to complications. As revolutionary war brews, Fallon must survive in a society which is turning to bloodshed. 1995.
The end of the line
By Sharon E McKay. 2014
Five-year-old Beatrix looks on in horror as a soldier forces her mother off the tram. It is 1942 in Amsterdam,…and everyone knows what happens to Jews who are taken away by the Nazis. The soldier turns his attention to Beatrix, when suddenly, the ticket-taker, Lars Gorter, blurts out that she is his niece. With his brother Hans, the tram conductor, they manage to rescue the child from the same fate as her mother. The two elderly brothers realize that they are now in charge of the little girl. They are at a loss -- after all, neither one has ever married, let alone has children. They know that harbouring a Jew could cost them their lives, but in desperation, they turn to a neighbour, Mrs. Vos, for help. Grades 3-6. Winner of the 2015-16 Hackmatack Award for fiction. Winner of the 2016 Silver Birch Express Award. 2014.
The factory voice
By Jeanette Lynes. 2009
Fort William, 1941. Something's gone wrong with the Mosquitos being built for the war effort - they keep crashing in…flight tests, for no apparent reason. Is the problem with their design, or are they being sabotaged? Everyone's on high alert, and "The Factory Voice" newsletter keeps abreast of the details - or at least the rumours. Some strong language. c2009.
The evening chorus: a novel
By Helen Humphreys. 2015
Resigned to living out the Second World War in a German POW camp, James Hunter, an English officer, begins studying…a pair of redstarts near the camp. His interest in the birds captures the attention of the Kommandant and gives James cause to fear for his life. Meanwhile, back in England, James's young wife, Rose, falls headlong into a passionate affair with another man. Bestseller. 2015.