The Western Front: World War I
November 10, 2023
Immerse yourself in the gripping and poignant world of World War I with this book list that explores the Great War from various perspectives.
The War Librarian by Addison Armstrong
A dual timeline historical fiction illustrating the never-ending fight for intellectual freedom, women’s rights, and antiracism. Emmaline Balakin becomes a volunteer librarian in 1918 and Kathleen Carre is accepted into the first coed class of the United States Naval Academy in 1976. Fans of The Flight Girls and The Paris Library will enjoy Addison Armstrong’s intricately plotted and thought-provoking story of two brave and determined women.
Kopp Sisters on the March by Amy Stewart
Fans of Jaqueline Winspear’s Maisie Dobbs historical mystery series will want to dive into Amy Stewart’s Kopp Sisters novels. Stewart’s series is charming, often based in fact and full of strong female characters. Constance Kopp joins her sisters Norma and Fleurette at a National Service School for women as the country enters World War I.
Meet Me in Bombay by Jenny Ashcroft
Meet Me in Bombay is a story of falling in love, being separated by war and the journey to reunite. Maddy Brite new to India from England meets Luke Devereaux who shows Maddy the wonders of Bombay. Soon the war starts and the two are separated, not knowing when or if they will see each other again.
Stella Bain by Anita Shreve
Fans of the atmosphere and drama of Downton Abbey and Call the Midwife will enjoy this story set in World War I London. Stella Bain, having no idea who she is or how she came to be where she is, must search for answers. She befriends a wealthy couple who take her in and help to set her on the path Stella must take to find answers.
The Winter Soldier by Daniel Mason
A lyrical and moving story set during World War I in Vienna and the Eastern Front mountains depicts almost no fighting but rather the aftermath, scarred soldiers, and traumatized caregivers. Lucius, a medical student, enlists and is sent deep into the Carpathian Mountains where Sister Margarete struggles to help the soldiers in her care.