Yep, that even sounds weird to me – considering I’m a pacifist who hates war and violence, it’s an odd combination. However, I love survivors and I love to hear about “triumph in the face of hopelessness” and WWII England provided just that!
It all started with Downton Abbey – which I adore. The first season was great, but the 2nd season was even more wonderful with stories of WWII – the brave men who fought and the women left behind!
My favorite focus on this period in history seems to be on some of the stories of people out in the country or in London – hearing about brave folks wanting to go to war who couldn’t – girls who married brave young soldiers only to have them die. The people who had to go about their day to day business knowing that the war was being fought just across the water.
In the big gap in which new Downton abbey shows don’t come out, I had to read and fulfill my need – doesn’t that make sense?
Some of the books I’ve enjoyed are:
The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons – a very similar household, but very different circumstances to Downton Abbe – you can read my review here
Maisie Dobbs (Maisie Dobbs #1) by Jacqueline Winspear – great fun and historical mystery series with a strong female lead.
The Baker’s Daughter by Sarah McCoy – a little more tragic, but still more of a “day to day” story than a one on one with the war. My review is here.
Mr. Churchill’s Secretary (Maggie Hope Mystery #1) by Susan Elia MacNeal – I really enjoyed this book because it’s a more youthful view of London during the war. The portrayal of Churchill is a lot of fun! – My review for this is here .
If you want more, I’ve actually made a list of “to-read” and “read” books about WWII here on Goodreads .
Oh and if you just want some fabulous TV watching – Foyle’s War is fantastic! A historical look at what it’s like to be a policeman investigating normal “murders, thefts, etc” during WWII. They’re long (no idea what the fascination of 2 hour shows is in England) – but definitely worth the watch!