REVIEW: The Riviera House by Natasha Lester

In brief: In World War II Paris, Eliane is working with the Nazis by day and the Resistance by night to save Paris’s priceless artworks. In the present day, Remy finds that the painting she’s known since childhood was stolen by the Germans during the war. How did she end up with it? The good:... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Librarian Spy by Madeline Martin

In brief: Ava is a librarian sent to Lisbon during World War II to gather foreign publications to help the U.S. war effort. She notices a code in a French Resistance newspaper, set by Elaine who is doing all she can for France and her friends. The good: Interesting to read about Portugal, who was... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Coast by Eleanor Limprecht

In brief: Alice is only a child when, like her mother, she is admitted to The Coast Hospital indefinitely with leprosy. It’s a small life, and when Guy arrives after World War I, her life becomes richer. The good: Fantastic research and very emotional at times. The not-so-good: The sorrow and stigma for Alice and... Continue Reading →

REVIEW: The Gilded Years by Karin Tanabe

In brief: The story of Anita Hemmings, the first African-American student to attend Vassar College. Will her senior year roommate find out that Anita has been passing as white for the last three years? The good: Strong questions on race and education. The not-so-good: The story took some time to build past a college story.... Continue Reading →

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