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Celebrating VE Day 75 with Books

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“Canadian Women’s Army Corps, World War 2, celebrating VE Day in London.” Image courtesy Wikimedia comons

This Friday, May 8th, is a significant one in World War II history. It is the 75th anniversary of VE Day– the day that the Allies declared Victory in Europe.

With gatherings banned in many places, we can’t quite celebrate like they did that first time around.

Piccadilly Square pictured as supporters celebrate VE Day, May 08, 1945. Photo taken by Sgt. James A. Spence, during his service in World War II.” Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons, linked here for attribution. 

However, several WWII authors (myself included) are offering free or discounted books to mark the day.

Book Funnel E-books

First, more than 30 authors are offering copies of their books priced at $0.99-$4.99.  If you enjoy WWII fiction, non-fiction, short stories, or memoirs, there are lots of options here. All of these books can be found on Book Funnel- linked below.

You can get to Book Funnel and this group of WWII books by clicking here. 

Newly Released WWII Compilation

Six WWII authors just released the book The Road to Liberation this week. This book is available as an e-book (only $ .99!) through the Book Funnel link above, or as an e-book, paperback or hardcover on Amazon. (Link below on the image.)

I had the opportunity to get an early look at Ellie Midwood’s contribution, “The Aftermath” (really, it was a whole book in itself!)  Here’s a look at my Amazon review for it.

Aftermath” deals with the survivors- primarily a Jewish man, trying to find his life after the concentration camp, and the daughter of a German war criminal, trying to come to terms with the man she THOUGHT her father was when faced with the evidence of his atrocities. It’s a moving portrayal of the stories that go on after the war is over, as people try to deal with the sins of the past and move on into an uncertain future.

 

Free WWII Fiction

This week, author Alexa Kang is offering the first book in her four book series “Rose of Anzio” for free. (The link is below on the image.)

From the Amazon description of the novel:

A coming of age tale that emerges into an epic love story, this book takes you back to Chicago in the pre-war era, when two young people must find their paths in a world that is fast falling out of control.

I enjoyed Alexa’s novel Shanghai Story (a look at pre-WWII China)- I’m probably going to have to check this one out, too. 🙂

 

And One Other Free Book…

FINALLY, from VE Day on this Friday, May 8th through Sunday the 10th, I’m offering the e-book of my novel Whom Shall I Fear? for free. The link is below on the image, followed by the book’s description.

1943

All that Sergeant James Milburn wants is to heal. Sent to finish his convalescence in a lonely village in the north of England, the friends he’s lost haunt his dreams. If he can only be declared fit for active service again, perhaps he can rejoin his surviving mates in the fight across Sicily and either protect them or die alongside them.

All that Evie Worther wants is purpose. War has reduced her family to an elderly matriarch and Charles, her controlling cousin, both determined to keep her safely tucked away in their family home. If she can somehow balance her sense of obligation to family with her desperate need to be of use, perhaps she can discover how she fits into her tumultuous world.

All that Charles Heatherington wants is his due. Since his brother’s death, he is positioned to be the family’s heir with only one step left to make his future secure. If only he can keep the family matriarch happy, he can finally start living the easy life he is certain he deserves.

However, when James’s, Evie’s and Charles’s paths collide, a dark secret of the past is forced into the light, and everything that they have hoped and striven for is thrown into doubt. Weaving in historical detail from World War II in Britain, Italy and Egypt, WHOM SHALL I FEAR? follows their individual struggles with guilt and faith, love and family, and forces them to ask if the greatest threat they face is really from the enemy abroad.

 

While you may or may not choose to check out some new stories,  and while we may not be able to celebrate the day in person, I hope that you’ll be remembering VE Day with me this Friday.

After all, with all its strange events and uncertainty, 2020 is a fitting year to stop and remember the struggles and sacrifices of the “greatest generation” and the fortitude with which they faced the challenges before them.

 

Thank you for stopping by today!

Readers- have any of you read any of these books already? Any recommendations? Writers- if any of you are offering book deals for this weekend, feel free to let us know in the comments. 

Do any  of you have plans to mark VE Day this weekend?

 

4 thoughts on “Celebrating VE Day 75 with Books”

  1. Thank you for the list of books to try! Our family enjoyed reading “The Hiding Place” together. It was inspiring to read about the faith, love, and resiliency of Corrie Ten Boom and her sister.

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    1. You’re welcome, Jenny! Oh, that’s a great recommendation- The Hiding Place is a wonderful book 😊. It just came up in the WWII facebook “club” I am part of, too- I guess there is a movie of it out.

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