Books on My Fall TBR Pile

Now that the busy days of summer are winding down, I’m anxious for the cooler weather so I can finally put my garden to sleep for another year. With a little more time on my hands, I hope to curl up in my chair in the sunroom and catch up on my reading as autumn leaves drift by.

Since I adore World War II novels, I found a couple to put on my to-be-read pile. The first one on my list is The Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly. The publisher’s blurb reads:

Distant HoursNew York socialite Caroline Ferriday has her hands full with her post at the French consulate and a new love on the horizon. But Caroline’s world is forever changed when Hitler’s army invades Poland in September 1939—and then sets its sights on France.

An ocean away from Caroline, Kasia Kuzmerick, a Polish teenager, senses her carefree youth disappearing as she is drawn deeper into her role as courier for the underground resistance movement. In a tense atmosphere of watchful eyes and suspecting neighbors, one false move can have dire consequences.

For the ambitious young German doctor, Herta Oberheuser, an ad for a government medical position seems her ticket out of a desolate life. Once hired, though, she finds herself trapped in a male-dominated realm of Nazi secrets and power.

The lives of these three women are set on a collision course when the unthinkable happens and Kasia is sent to Ravensbrück, the notorious Nazi concentration camp for women. Their stories cross continents—from New York to Paris, Germany, and Poland—as Caroline and Kasia strive to bring justice to those whom history has forgotten.

The second book on my TBR pile is The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. The publisher’s blurb reads:

The #1 internationally bestselling author of The Forgotten Garden mesmerizes readers with this haunting tale of long-buried secrets and the twists of fate that can alter lives forever.

It starts with a letter, lost for half a century and unexpectedly delivered to Edie’s mother on a Sunday afternoon. The letter leads Edie to Milderhurst Castle, where the eccentric Blythe spinsters live and where, she discovers, her mother was billeted during World War II. The elder Blythe sisters are twins and have spent most of their lives caring for their younger sister, Juniper, who hasn’t been the same since her fiancé jilted her in 1941. Inside the decaying castle, Edie searches for her mother’s past but soon learns there are other secrets hidden in its walls. The truth of what happened in “the distant hours” has been waiting a long time for someone to find it. In this enthralling romantic thriller, Morton pays homage to the classics of gothic fiction, spinning a rich and intricate web of mystery, suspense, and lost love.

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Shari Barr

Shari Barr lives on a farm in southwest Iowa with her husband and they have a grown son and daughter. Her most recent fiction titles include four "McKenzie" books in the Camp Club Girls series for middle grade girls.

6 thoughts on “Books on My Fall TBR Pile”

    1. I’ve heard good things about The Lilac Girls and I’ve read at least one of Kate Morton’s books and it was very good. Need to read some more of hers’.

  1. The Lilac Girls sounds just up my alley– I love WWII stories, especially those about the Resistance. Thanks for putting this one on my radar. I’ve read The Distant Hours, and it is vintage Kate Morton: atmospheric, mysterious, beautifully written. One of the “secrets” she uncovers was so well laid early on in the story, that it took me by surprise when it was revealed, and I said “wow, I didn’t see that coming at all!” But in a good way, the way a good mystery makes you realize something is staring you in the face all along. I’ve read all of Kate Morton’s books, and I can’t say enough about what a talented writer she is!

    1. I’m waiting on The Lilac Girls to be returned to our library. I’m anxious to read it. You’re the one who got me started on Kate Morton’s books. Yes, she is very good. She’s a good author to “study” and figure out how she writes like she does.

  2. Well, I haven’t read either but I just put a hold on both of them at my library. Lilac Girls will take awhile — I think I’m #61 — but that’s okay, it’s not like I don’t have anything else to read in the meantime. LOL

    1. I don’t know long of a wait I’ll have at our library. If it’s too long, I might just have to buy Lilac Girls.

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