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Any WW2/Holocaust-era romance novels out there?

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Edited: Aug 5, 2008, 11:18pm Top

Hello, I'm Amy and I'm looking for any historical romance novels set during the World War 2/Holocaust time period. I'm asking because I'm trying to write a young adult historical romance set during the Holocaust, and I'd like to know how others before me have done it. The thing is, I can't find a large number of historicals set during this time period. Can anyone recommend any good books in this area? Thanks so much to anyone who can point me in the right direction.

Amy :-)

Aug 6, 2008, 3:31pm Top

Mark Helprin's short story collection A Dove of the East has a tragic love story of a couple trying to escape the Nazi's when they were separated. He ends up in Israel never knowing what happened to her. *sniff* Makes me weepish just to remember it.

Aug 6, 2008, 4:14pm Top

thanks for the recommendation! I'll try to see if I can't find it at my local library/bookstore. btw do you know what year it was written? that way I can know whether or not looking at a used book store would help. Thanks again!


Aug 6, 2008, 4:19pm Top

I don't know if this is just a newer edition, but Amazon lists A Dove of the East as being from 2005.

Aug 6, 2008, 5:19pm Top

thank you so much for that information. I was wondering too when I saw one of the covers of "A Dove of the East" on LibraryThing's page if it was just a newer edition...I guess I'll have to try to find a copy and see for myself. :-)


Aug 7, 2008, 6:10am Top

The Kommandant's Girl by Pam Jenoff is set in Krakow, and has a romantic element to it.

Aug 11, 2008, 9:16pm Top

There aren't a lot of these, so you will have an edge on the market, Amy. Rosalind Laker's This Shining Land is a romantic story set amid the Resistance in Norway. The Bronze Horseman by Paullina Simons is set in WWII Leningrad.

You might take a look at historical romance novels set in other time periods for some ideas. Think about the Inquisition period, for example. Or the persecution of pagans in early medieval Europe, or going back further, the persecution of Christians in ancient Rome. There are bunches of novels (including some romance novels) set in these time periods listed on my Historical Novels website at www.HistoricalNovels.info. You might also check some websites that specialize in romance novels - the Resources page of my website has a link to my favorite.

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