Rating: 5 out of 5.

the huntress by Kate quinn, 560 pp

historical fiction

When I first learned my new FB book club had chosen yet ANOTHER WWII novel, I was so tempted to skip reading and joining the discussion of The Huntress. But, avoidance is just not a part of who I am. At the minimum, I wasn’t going to invest a dime in securing it. The Fates must have been at work when I checked the library system thinking I’d get it in a few weeks from the inter-state loan system and if it didn’t come in time, I had a good excuse to sit out the meeting. Lo and behold, however, it was on shelf right at my local library a couple of miles away. I picked it up that day and barely put it down until I finished all 500+ pages. Three women, two men, three stories woven together with one mission: Hunt The Huntress. From the history of the Soviet Union’s Night Witches, an all-female air force of bombers, to the vile horrors of Nazi sympathizers to the valiant, tireless work of Nazi hunters, Kate Quinn creates not just another WWII novel, but a page-turner of well-developed characters and a plot to stand on the shoulders of all the other WWII novels I’ve read (well, except maybe Beneath a Scarlet Sky). Now, I want to hunt down information from a friend that her father’s papers as a young lawyer at Nuremberg have been donated to his town library. Local libraries – saving the day once more. P.S. I ended up loving this book so much that when I found it in paperback at my other library’s used book sale, I had to buy it for $1. Win-win. Onto my lending library shelf at our rental cabin and supported my library (along with the other $7 I spent on a few other favorites).

Check out my other top picks for Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Non-Fiction and Simple Pleasure Reading.

That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.

Jhumpa Lahiri

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