[Free eBook] A Place to Call Home by Tania Crosse [Historical Fiction]

A Place to Call Home by British author Tania Crosse is the sequel novel in a duology of heartwarming historical personal drama sagas, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Head of Zeus’ Aria imprint.

The story is set in Britain during World War II, continuing the tale of the unlikely friendship that arose between an orphaned teenager and a woman who’d just lost her own daughter in Nobody’s Girl (previously also offered free), as war encroaches upon the countryside and their bond is put to the test.

Offered in the UK only, available at Amazon.

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[Free Audiobook] ATA Girl: Up in the Air [WWII Historical Radio Play Drama]

ATA Girl: Up in the Air is the 1st episode in the ATA Girl series of historical drama radio plays, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Big Finish, makers of the officially licensed Doctor Who radio play episodes.

This is a special giveaway to celebrate International Women’s Day, from their new Big Finish Originals line.

The series is set during WWII amongst the women of the Air Transport Auxiliary, told as a sequence of fictional reminisces from one of the female pilots who flew the planes from the factories where they were built to the squadrons where they would be used. This first hour-long episode is centred around two sisters, one newly widowed, the other estranged, reuniting during the initial ATA pilot training and trying to mend their broken relationship amidst the challenges of building a new life.

Offered DRM-free worldwide through March 9th until 23:59 UK time (approx 4 PM Pacific Time), available directly from the publisher.

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[Free eBook] Shelter by Marguerite Steen [Vintage WWII Literary Novel]

Shelter by the late English author Marguerite Steen, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature whose works enjoyed a period of popularity in the 1930s and 1940s, is a standalone vintage literary fiction novel with f/m romantic elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ The Odyssey Press imprint.

This was originally published in 1942 by Sun Dial Press.

The story was written contemporary to and takes place during WWII on the British homefront, set in 1940s London near the beginning of the Blitz, and is a domestic drama centred around the shifting relationship between two women caught up together in the war and connected by particular circumstances whether they like it or not.

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[Free eBook] The Butchers of Berlin by Chris Petit [WWII Historical Murder Mystery]

The Butchers of Berlin by English author Chris Petit is the 1st novel in his Schlegel & Morgen series of historical murder mystery/crime thrillers, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Simon & Schuster UK.

This was last week’s featured Free Book of the Week selection in the iTunes UK store and was apparently made free to promote the newly-released 2nd in series, Pale Horse Riding. The series is set in Germany during World War II, investigating crimes taking place domestically within the country, starring a civilian investigator and an SS officer.

This story begins their unusual partnership with an odd string of murders which leads the investigator, who normally pursues financial crimes, to be assigned to a homicide case which becomes ever more mysterious as they delve deeper into whatever’s really going on.

Offered in the UK only, available at multiple retailers.

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[Free eBook] Unto the Beast by Richard Monaco [WWII Occult Time Travel Thriller]

Unto the Beast by Richard Monaco, a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is his standalone speculative fiction time travel historical thriller with supernatural horror elements, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.

This was originally published in 1987 by Bantam Spectra.

This sfnal time travel thriller jumps back and forth between World War II, World War I, and other eras, as a terrible thing is awakened by strange rites, apparently becoming the secret force enabling Adolf Hitler’s ascent to power and descent into infamy, as it opens a gateway through the ages during which rival groups wrestle for control of the future in various times and places.

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[Free eBook] Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford [Vintage WWII Military Escape Travelogue Memoir]

Desperate Journey by Francis Clifford, the crime-writing pseudonym for the late British author Arthur Leonard Bell Thompson, a former SOE operative during WWII who eventually drew upon his wartime experiences for his award-winning mystery and thriller novels, is his vintage military experience travelogue memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1979 by Hodder & Stoughton.

This WWII memoir was originally written in 1944 shortly after the events experienced, but posthumously published decades later, with an introduction providing context to Captain Thompson and the Karen Company’s prolonged retreat from Japanese-occupied Burma in 1942, a difficult journey through hostile territory and debilitating conditions over many months, as the escaping survivors supported and aided each other.

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[Free eBook] Fall of France: May-June 1940 by Robert Jackson [WWII Military History]

Fall of France: May-June 1940 by Yorkshire-born British author Robert Jackson, a former pilot turned prolific author of military & aviation thrillers and history, is his vintage military and political history, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1975 by Arthur Baker Ltd.

The book covers not only the key military campaigns invasion, but also the preceding political events and other lead ups to the invasion, and also provides some views from the troops on the battlefield as well as an overview of the situation.

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[Free eBook] Villa Mimosa by Jerrard Tickell [WWII Literary Thriller Satire]

Villa Mimosa by the late Irish author Jerrard Tickell, whose WWII comedy novel Appointment with Venus has been twice adapted to film, is his standalone historical literary fiction heist thriller, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press.

This was originally published in 1960 by Hodder & Stoughton.

The story is a literary novel with satirical elements, framed as a heist thriller, taking place in occupied France during World War II, and is centred around a daring British military operation to rescue a group of eccentric civilians from an area previously thought safely evacuated.

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[Free Audiobooks] 2 free titles from AudioSYNC Summer of Reading [Young Adult, WWII, History, Memoir, Historical Fiction]

AudioFile’s SYNC Summer of Listening 2017 promotion for young adults continues, which offers 2 free audiobooks per week—1 classic or non-fiction, 1 modern—as free MP3 downloads, usually available worldwide (some titles are subject to geo-restrictions, and you can see the planned release schedule here).

This week’s two selected titles, which have a theme of World War II homefront wartime atrocities and the enduring spirit of humanity, available until 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, are as follows:

  • Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, is her young adult historical fiction novel set in the Soviet Union, starring an artistic Lithuanian girl whose family is separated and sent to Siberian work camps, where she records everything that happens in secret drawings; from Listening Library, read by Emily Klein
  • In My Hands: Memories of a Holocaust Rescuer by Irene Gut Opdyke with Jennifer Armstrong, is the memoir of a Catholic Polish woman who as a teenaged girl was forced to work for the German Army, and ended up using her position to secretly steal supplies for Jewish persons in the ghettoes, some of whom she was eventually able to help to hide and smuggle out; from Listening Library, read by Hope Davis

Offered as DRM-free MP3s through 7am Eastern Time on August 10th, available in selected countries worldwide (requires installing Overdrive Media console software on your PC, Mac, Android, or iDevice, and you need to finish downloading before the time limit).

[Free eBook] The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell [Vintage WWII Postwar Germany Memoir]

The Dancing Bear by Frances Faviell, a pseudonym for the late author and painter Olivia Faviell Lucas, is her vintage historical personal expat memoir, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Dean Street Press.

This was originally published in 1954 by Rupert Hart-Davis under the title The Dancing Bear: Berlin de profundis — An account of the author’s experiences in Berlin, 1946-49, and this reprint edition includes an afterword by the author’s son, and contains never before published sketches by the author made while they lived in Berlin.

The memoir covers the experiences of postwar conditions and daily life in Berlin during the years immediately after World War II, where the author’s husband, a British civil servant, was posted as part of the reconstruction efforts alongside his family. Some of the observations about their German friends and neighbours eventually formed the basis of Faviell’s literary fiction novel A House on the Rhine, which has previously been offered free.

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