The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Synopsis: This story follows to friends, Young-sook and Mi-ji, both haenyeo (lady divers) on the island of Jeju in Korea, across many years. Starting in the 1930's and spanning Japanese colonialism, World War II, the Jeju Island Uprising, the Korean War, and the fall of the haenyeo, the two women and their friendship face the changes and hardships of war, conflict, and modernization.

Book Review: The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Synopsis: In 1939, Vianne is living in the French countryside with her husband and daughter when news of France's involvement in World War 2 comes. Vianne's husband must go fight, leaving her and her daughter to face the Germans who have taken over that area of France. Her much younger sister, Isabelle, joins her, but her headstrong personality won't let her sit by and do nothing while her country is being occupied.

Review & Movie Comparison: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Synopsis: Set in 1946, writer Juliet Ashton receives a letter from Dawsey Adams, a pig farmer on the island of Guernsey, who has a copy of a book that has her name and address in it. As they continue to correspond, she learns about how books influenced him and his community during the Nazi occupation. Juliet becomes so intrigued by the island and the residents that she wants to write her next book about their story.