20th Century Historical Fiction Books I have read and some I want to :-)

Hi Everyone

A couple of my readers have asked me if I could recommend some World War 2 historical fiction books as I am so slow at writing new ones. Ok so they weren’t that rude. They just said they would like something to read while they wait for my next one!

I am always happy to recommend books I have enjoyed. I don’t see myself as being in competition with another author in this genre. We already share two loves – love of this time period and the joy of writing books. I am certain we would have other things in common too.

But before I start raving about some amazing books I enjoyed, let me just say that sometimes I don’t like a book. I want to like it. Other people love it. It could be selling thousands of copies and be made into a film but I just don’t enjoy it. For whatever reason, I couldn’t relate. So if I don’t post a well known WW2 book here, it may be because I didn’t like it. I don’t like knocking other authors, not when I know how hard it is to read a bad review of our baby, oops I mean book.

One of my favorite authors of all time was Elizabeth Elgin (RIP). She was a real life WW2 heroine – she served in the WRNS (Navy for women :-)). She wrote an amazing series that covers WW1 right through to WW2. It is fantastic and well worth reading although it could have probably done with a little better editing. It is a little repetitive from book to book in places. Something you will see with “older” books. BUT it is still my number one.

The series name is the Suttons of Yorkshire. There are five books in total 🙂 I’ll Bring You Buttercups is the first one. The second is Daisychain Summer, Where Bluebells Chime comes next, Windflower Wedding and then The Linden Walk. Don’t be tempted to read them out of order as although each book tells a story, there is an underlying story that goes across all five books. Check them out for yourself on Amazon or in your local bookstores.

A new series (new to me although we share the same first name 🙂 ) is Ellie Dean Beach View Boarding House Series. I have just started reading the first one and I like it :-).

Jan 5th 2015 – one of my lovely readers, Moe, suggested I try Maureen Lee. I have looked her up on Amazon and she has a huge range of books so I am off to read them. I am sure I will enjoy them. Perhaps you will too. Thanks a million again to Moe for letting me know. I love finding new books to read.

I have also put my shelf from Goodreads.com (you can register free as a reader and find new books/authors/friends etc) onto this post. I have never done this before so hopefully it will look ok.

Ellie’s books

Finding Rebecca: A Novel of Love and the Holocaust
5 of 5 stars
I loved this story – yes you had to suspend belief in a few parts but that is what makes it fiction rather than non fiction. Wish Eoin Dempsey would write some more.




  1. Maryann Boulter :

    In Gracie you mention Queen Elizabeth Gate in Hyde Park. I believe that was erected in 1993?

    • Thanks for picking that up Maryann. I should have said Gracie was meeting Charlie at the Grand Entrance. (That’s what I get for living in London for two long :-)). Will correct future editions. Thanks 🙂

  2. Hi Ellie, I just wanted to tell you that I enjoyed your writing in the book “Gracie”. I love reading historical books and thanks for suggesting a few other historical series.

    • Thanks Sandymae 🙂 Penny the next book in the series has been more popular with my readers. I am currently working on Molly, the third one. I hope you enjoy the other recommendations. If anyone has any series they want to add please feel free 🙂
      All the best and thanks again

  3. Renee Schuhmacher :

    I loved both books but have to admit that Penny had me sitting on the edge of my seat throughout the entire book. It was definitely a book not to be put down. I read it on Kindle and at the end it noted that Molly would be released in Nov. of 2014. Is there any update on that? Will Molly be more similar to Gracie or to Penny or completely different from either? I’m starting your other books right away and hope you continue to write for years and years. Oh, and I agree with your review of Finding Rebecca, it is another not to be missed book that can’t be put down until the end.

    • Thank you so much Renee for your lovely comments :-). Unfortunately I have been ill and this has delayed the release of Molly. I guess it might not be as exciting as Penny as it is not set overseas but it hopefully will be a story that my incredible readers will enjoy. It will be different as the main character is American and not British. I so wish Eoin Dempsey would write another book but he seems to have settled into teaching now. Thanks again Renee and hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas and New Year. Ellie.

  4. I enjoyed reading your book, but think you should have asked an English person to proof read it as there are many American expressions and words which would definitely not have been used at the time your story is set.

    • Thank you for stopping by. I totally agree with you. I should have done this and it won’t be a mistake I repeat :-). The good news I now have had both Gracie and Penny proofread by a professional UK proofreader. He has made a number of corrections and the new and improved versions will be uploaded shortly. Hopefully by the end of the month illness permitting 🙂

  5. hi ellie loved your book gracie. I am also an author called alison davison my book is called a mothers parting gift I would love it if you could take a peek.

    • Hi Alison, thanks for stopping me and for your kind comments. I have taken a look at your book – you have some great reviews. Congrats and hope it sells really well for you. Your reviewers ask for more – I love when people do that :-). Hope you are working on your next book. Having a series works well with the first book free so people who don’t know you as an author can test out your work. If you want to hang out with other writers (both trad and indie) check out the writers cafe on kboards. Great place for inspiration, advice and of course to hang out when you are trying to get your latest plot under control.

      Take care

      Ellie xx

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