…..Are you looking for something good (but “clean”) to read? There are many exciting stories without profanity and graphic violence and many wonderful love stories without explicit references to sex. In my next few posts, I will list some of these. You can find these titles at Amazon.com and in Barnes & Noble and your local libraries.
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr – This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel beautifully weaves the lives of a blind French girl and a German boy during World War II, offering a compelling story without explicit content. I loved this book.
- The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows – Set in post-World War II England, this epistolary novel explores love, friendship, and community without relying on graphic elements. Loved this one too, and it’s also a movie.
- Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear – This novel introduces Maisie Dobbs, a remarkable female investigator in post-World War I London, combining historical accuracy with a mystery plot free from explicit violence. There’s a series of Masie Dobbs books, some better than others, in my opinion.
- A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles – This delightful tale follows Count Alexander Rostov, who is under house arrest in a grand hotel in Moscow during the Russian Revolution. One of my favorites!
- The Book Thief by Markus Zusak – Set in Nazi Germany, this moving story (narrated by Death) revolves around a young girl who finds solace in stealing books. It offers a poignant tale without gratuitous violence. It’s also a movie.
Please feel free to add your own favorite historical fiction titles in the comments!