THE LAST YEAR of the WAR by Susan Meissner & Giveaway


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From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and As Bright as Heaven comes a novel about a German American teenager, during World War II. In Susan Meissner’s novel, THE LAST YEAR of the WAR (BerkleyBooks) her life changes forever when her immigrant family is sent to an internment camp.  

Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-year-old in 1943—aware of the war but distanced from its reach. Then her father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two decades, is suddenly arrested on suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer. The family is sent to an internment camp in Texas, where, behind the armed guards and barbed wire, Elise feels stripped of everything beloved and familiar, including her own identity.

The only thing that makes the camp bearable is meeting fellow internee Mariko Inoue, a Japanese-American teen from Los Angeles, whose friendship empowers Elise to believe the life she knew before the war will again be hers. Together in the desert wilderness, Elise and Mariko hold tight the dream of being young American women with a future beyond the fences.

THE LAST YEAR of the WAR tells a little-known story of World War II with great resonance for our times. It challenges the very notion of who we are, when who we’ve always been is called into question.



Susan Meissner is a USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction with more than half a million books in print in fifteen languages. She is an author, speaker and writing workshop leader with a background in community journalism. Her novels include As Bright as Heaven, starred review in Library Journal; Secrets of  Charmed Life, a Goodreads finalist for Best Historical Fiction 2015; and A Fall of Marigolds, named to Booklist’s Top Ten Women’s Fiction titles for 2014. A California native, she attended Point Loma Nazarene University and is also a writing workshop volunteer for Words Alive, a San Diego non-profit dedicated to helping at-risk youth foster a love for reading and writing.

Visit Susan at her website: on Twitter at @SusanMeissner or at

We’re lucky to have one copy to giveaway. Just tell us what’s your favorite novel about WWII and why. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.

GIVEAWAY: USA only please.

35 thoughts on “THE LAST YEAR of the WAR by Susan Meissner & Giveaway

  1. I have several WWII books on my TBR shelf, so far, I’ve read several and really enjoyed Spitfire Girls by Soraya Lane… the badass female pilots!

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  2. I love the Nightingale by Kristin Hannah…it has an amazing plot, characters, and the writing is great! I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

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  3. Historical fiction is my favorite genre, especially when the topic is WWII. My favorite book is The Nightingale. First, it is so well written I felt as if I were right there. Second, the women in this book were so courageous and strong that I was completely enamored with them. This book has stayed with me and I think it will for a long time.

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  4. I would ❤️ to read this book. Not only because I am drawn to WWII stores, but also because one of the girls in my book club who is Chinese has family that was placed in a camp even though a family member was serving in our army. I think this book might be a good one for our group to discuss. Thank you.

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    1. I should also have read the rules better too. DUH. My very favorite book las year was THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah and WHEN DARKNESS COMES by John Anthony Miller. They were both intense novels and kept me emotionally involved. The bravery of some people is beyond my imagination.

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  5. Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum. The book was heart wrenching. Anna refuses to talk about what happened during the war for 50 years. Her daughter decides to find out what it was that her mother wasn’t telling her. It was a very good book.

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  6. My favorite WWII book is probably THE NIGHTINGALE by Kristin Hannah. It is such a heart-wrenching story and I was in awe of how brave the characters were.

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  7. I loved Linda Mahkovec’s Christmastime Series. It is about love,home and family and shows how people lived during the war. Thank you for the chance.

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  8. It would be Tatiana de Rosnay’s Sarah’s Key. I absolutely adore Susan Meissner and her books. Would love this copy of The Last Year of the War.

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  9. I don’t have a favorite. I enjoy reading anything about this period. I’m fascinated how the prisoners survived as well as the many who tried to help them.

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