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13 Upcoming 2021 World War 2 Book Releases

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Discover our most-anticipated upcoming 2021 World War 2 book releases. These exciting new WWII novels will take you back in time and around the world.

Do you love books about WW2? So do we.

So, what are TUL’s most-anticipated 2021 World War 2 book releases? We are sharing our top new WW2 books, including WW2 historical fiction, romance, and biographical fiction.

Explore new World War 2 books set around the world and even a few WWII novels inspired by real people and their stories.

I won’t lie, this WWII book list is a little Italy and France heavy. Head to Ireland, England, and the United States, too. Let’s get started!

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2021 World War 2 Book Releases with book covers The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron, The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan, The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles, The Children's Train by Viola Ardone, Eternal by Lisa Scottoline, and The Rose Code by Kate Quinn
Discover our most-anticipated upcoming 2021 World War 2 book releases. These exciting new WWII novels will take you back in time and around the world.

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2021 World War 2 Book Releases You Don’t Want To Miss

Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson book cover with man and woman in each other's arms watching the sky

Our Darkest Night by Jennifer Robson

Expected Release: January 5, 2021

Antonina Mazin has one chance to survive when the Nazis invade Italy. She must leave Venice and hide in the countryside with Nico Gerardi, who was preparing for priesthood.

They pretend that they are married to survive, but is it convincing enough to save them? Antonina is not used to country life. Amazon | Goodreads


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The Children's Train by Viola Ardone book cover with young boy walking

The Children’s Train by Viola Ardone & Translated by Clarissa Botsford

Expected Publication: January 12, 2021

One of the most talked-about 2021 World War 2 book releases based on true events, follow along with the children sent from poverty-stricken southern Italy to the north in order to survive the harsh winter after the war.

With a chance at a better future, Amerigo decides to become a permanent part of his new adoptive family, leaving behind his biological family. Amazon | Goodreads

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles

Expected Release: February 9, 2021

Originally set to publish in 2020, The Paris Library is based on a true story about The American Library in Paris. Set in 1939 Paris, Odile – along with a group of lovable librarians – joins the French Resistance to protect everything that she loves.

Flash forward to Montana in 1983 to find a shared story from a dark past. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information→

Thank you to NetGalley and Atria Books for providing me with a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron book cover with light peach dress

The Paris Dressmaker by Kristy Cambron

Expected Publication: February 16, 2021

If you are looking for 2021 World War 2 book releases with romance, head to Paris in The Paris Dressmaker. Based on true accounts of how Parisiennes resisted the Nazis, meet two women fighting in the war effort through the fashion of the elite. Amazon | Goodreads


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While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart book cover with man holding baby as train pulls away

While Paris Slept by Ruth Druart

Expected Release: February 23, 2021

Set in 1953 Santa Cruz and 1944 Paris — and told through two different perspectives — a young Jewish woman pushes a baby into the arms of a railroad worker. Their lives are forever changed. Amazon | Goodreads


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The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan book cover with woman wearing apron and holding a book

The Kitchen Front by Jennifer Ryan

Expected Release Date: February 23, 2021

Two years into World War 2, four women compete for a spot to host the wartime cooking program sponsored by BBC, The Kitchen Front. This will be the show’s first-ever female co-host.

Watch as a young widow, kitchen maid, lady of the manor, and trained chef compete to better their lives. Will the cost of trying to win this coveted spot be worth it? Amazon | Goodreads

Band Of Sisters By Lauren Willig book cover

Band Of Sisters By Lauren Willig

Expected Release: March 2, 2021

A book about my alma mater, watch as a group of trailblazing Smithies head off to France to volunteer in the war effort. They must survive the war, betrayals, bureaucracy, and each other. Amazon | Goodreads

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn book cover with woman's back turned and maroon dress

The Rose Code by Kate Quinn

Expected Release Date: March 9, 2021

One of the most anticipated 2021 World War 2 historical fiction book releases, everyone has been talking about The Rose Code. I loved this new WWII novel.

It’s 1940 and three women are recruited to help crack German military codes. Torn apart by betrayals, war, and lies, the women are reunited to crack one more code as Britain prepares for a royal wedding.

You might remember Kate Quinn from The Huntress and The Alice Network. Amazon | Goodreads | Book Information

Thank you to NetGalley and William Morrow Paperbacks for providing me with a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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Eternal by Lisa Scottoline book cover with woman holding a bike and looking at city

Eternal by Lisa Scottoline

Expected Release: March 23, 2021

When the Nazis invade Rome, three very different best friends – Elisabetta, Marco, and Sandro – and all that they know, is tested.

Set across decades, readers watch as anti-Semitism and fascism penetrate the streets of Italy and the aftermath. Amazon | Goodreads


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The Elephant of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh book cover with elephant looking out at city

The Elephant of Belfast by S. Kirk Walsh

Expected Release Date: April 6, 2021

Based loosely on true events and real-life Denise Austin, meet Irish zookeeper, Hettie Quin. Hettie works for the Bellevue Zoo in Belfast.

With the 1941 German blitz of the city, Hettie is determined to keep her charge safe, Violet — a three-year-old elephant from Ceylon. Amazon | Goodreads


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The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen book cover with sun over city

The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen

Expected Release Date: April 13, 2021

Caroline Grant heads to Venice, Italy to scatter her great-aunt, Lettie’s, ashes and explore her past. Lettie had arrived in Venice in 1938 hoping to connect with the man she loved — even though his future was already set.

Armed with three keys and a sketchbook, Caroline learns more about her great-aunt as well as herself. Amazon | Goodreads

Tears Of Amber by Sofia Segovia book cover

Tears Of Amber by Sofia Segovia

Expected Release Date: May 1, 2021

Translated from Spanish and set during WWII, two families must flee from Prussia as the Soviet army advances.

On their dangerous journey, the family’s young Polish laborer gives them hope and lessons via beautiful folklore. Amazon | Goodreads

Thank you to Over The River for reaching out to me and offering a free advanced copy via NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.


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The Woman with the Blue Star Pam Jenoff book cover

The Woman With The Blue Star by Pam Jenoff

Expected Release May 4, 2021

Set in 1942 in the Kraków Ghetto, Sadie and her pregnant mom are forced to retreat into Poland’s underground tunnels.

Sadie forms a bond with a privileged Polish girl, Ella. Ella starts secretly helping her. Inspired by true events, watch as these courageous women fight for survival. Amazon | Goodreads

Thank you to NetGalley and Park Row for providing me with a free advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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What 2021 World War 2 Book Releases Are You Looking Forward To?

These are some of our most-anticipated 2021 World War 2 book releases. What are you eyeing? Did I miss any World War 2 books in your 2021 TBR pile?

This post originally published in November 2020 and has been updated in 2021.

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