For #WomensHistoryMonth and #TopTenTuesday I’m shining a spotlight on amazing books I’ve read about women involved in resistance and spying. This post is reblogged from 3/18 so that I can link up with That Artsy Reader Girl for Top Ten Tuesday: March Freebie. (even though I have a few more than 10!
Top Ten+ Books About Women in the Resistance Movement/Spying
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Do you enjoy a side of thriller/suspense with your historical fiction?
What is Resistance?
There are specific real-life Resistance Movements like the French Resistance Movement. Then there is the concept of general resistance where just surviving or having hope for the next day is a form of resistance. Most of the stories I list here feature women (some real-life) involved with an organized form of resistance.
Authors writing in the historical fiction genre can approach a story in a few ways:
- they can create fictional characters experiencing an actual historical event
- they can base a story on real-life characters experiencing a true historical event
- or they can set their story in a time period from the past (at least 40-50 years in the past) and create fictional characters living in the time period with possible references to historical events and/or culture.
My FAVORITE hisfic stories are inspired by real-life individuals.
Most of the selections on my bookshelf represent my favorite type of histfic. Do you prefer a certain type of histfic?
Thank you for joining me today in celebration of Women’s History Month, Women authors, and inspirational women!
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(In no particular order)
Fast-paced, page-turning, riveting, and unputdownable. Fictional spy in Germany during WWII. My favorite read of 2022.
Fictionalized story of a bad-a$$, real-life socialite spy, Nancy Wake. (WWII France)
In pre-warII Germany, real-life Mildred Fish, her husband, and their friends join the resistance and risk their lives to gather intelligence to bring down the Third Reich from within.
Two fictional sisters work in their own ways to aid the Resistance Movement in France during WWII.
This is a memorable story of real-life hero Truus Wijsmuller, a member of the Dutch resistance who risked her life smuggling Jewish children out of Nazi Germany.
A young American heiress, Nanee (inspired by real-life Mary Jayne Gold), helps artists and intellectuals escape from Nazi-controlled Europe.
In 1944, as WWII comes to their doorstep, three sisters take risks as they fight to survive and resist in their own ways.
Inspired by true stories from WW11, a young Jewish woman creates documents that will help hundreds of Jewish children flee the Nazis.
The fictionalized account of two real-life young women, Virginia d’Albert-Lake and Violette Szabo, who join the resistance movement in their own ways and eventually meet at Ravensbruck concentration camp.
In Code Name Sapphire we learn how the Sapphire Line (inspired by the Comet Line) rescued downed pilots, and sabotaged a train on its way to Auschwitz, liberating as many prisoners as possible.
This compelling story is the fictionalized account of real-life hero and Hollywood actress, Drue Leyton and her work with the Resistance to rescue downed allied pilots during WWII.
In one timeline, a courageous female spy (Eve) is recruited to work in the real-life Alice Network in France during World War l.
Have you read a book about women in a resistance movement?
What book have you read that I could add to this list?
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