In this list of WWI books like the Alice Network, we only highlighted books that take place in WWI. We specifically wanted to look at WWI books because there just aren’t as many great ones as there are books that revolve around WWII.
But recently, that is changing and more and more authors are releasing books about The Great War. We like to think a lot of the reason is because of the extreme popularity of The Alice Network, which is soon to be made into a movie.
As a reminder, These are ONLY our favorite WWI books. If you are looking for the spy component on this list of books like The Alice Network, you can check out our list of female spy books.
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Our Favorite WWI Books
July 2017 Reese Witherspoon Book Club Pick
This historical fiction takes place during the First World War and after the Second World War as the story of two woman come together. One is a female ex-spy another is a pregnant single woman, and they are joined by a shady ex-con as they embark on a quest.
This was such a good book to listen to and although the subject matter was serious, there were moments when I was laughing out loud. There was just the right amount of humor to make this a very readable book.
This is an incredible novel about the women of Smith College who went to help French war victims on the war front. The band of 15 women in this novel is based on the 18 real-life heroes of Smith College.
These ladies started from scratch to help those ravaged by war only to have the war come back and destroy the lands around them again. But they never faltered in their quest to help the war-torn villages of women and children impacted by the war. The book gives a well-rounded feeling of what these women needed to do to save the lands and the people. 5 stars.
I’ve been reading WWI books non-stop because I’m fascinated by the way modern warfare met traditional tactics in the Great War. I’m particularly interested in the role women played in helping the Allies.
Chiaverini brought the Switchboard soldiers (the women who operated the telephone lines) to life in the most interesting way. I loved their bonds of sisterhood, how they stayed cool under pressure and learning just how crucial they were to the war effort.
WWI Books Like The Alice Network
This dual-timeline story is about both a librarian during WWI and a female cadet in the first class of women at the U.S. Naval Academy.
Both women in this story are connected in multiple ways, including being females in a trailblazing role customarily reserved for men.
While I found Librarian, Emmaline’s story to be more engrossing, I found Kathleen Carre’s struggles in the male-dominated school fascinating too. I wouldn’t mind reading a book just about the first few classes of women in various military academies.
I don’t know what took me so long to listen to this story. It was absolutely captivating and could not stop listening.
This dramatic story about 5 families before and during WWI was incredible. The way Follett has woven all their stories together was dynamic and mesmerizing. The story was a little more battle and politics-focused than most WWI stories I have read, but I loved learning new historical information.
This is a story that would be EXCELLENT for the men in your life too. Now if only I could get my husband to read.
Martha Hall Kelly wrote a prequel to the bestselling Lilac Girls and it features Caroline’s mother, Eliza! Set against the backdrop of WWI, this story once again features three narrators. This time the characters are American Eliza, Russian aristocrat Sofya, and Varinka a Russian peasant.
It spans New York, Paris, St. Petersburg, and the Russian countryside. I knew little of Russia during WWI going into this book. I was startled at just how much destruction and turmoil took place during that time period.
If you are a historical fiction lover, this is the book you’ll want to read this spring break! This book has some character overlap with Lilac Girls but it is a stand-alone novel.
WWI Romance Books
Written entirely in letter form between two friends during WWI, you will fall in love with the characters as they fall for each other.
Evie is struggling to find a way to help out during WWI, while Thomas, her brother’s best friend, is struggling with the realities of battle.
This book’s premise had me a little skeptical, Greek Gods telling a love story set in WWI? I didn’t think it was up my alley. I must have had it recommended to me almost a dozen times now, and now I’m the one recommending it.
It was two, sort of three, love stories in one book, but it touched on racism, PTSD, and the sacrifices of war. It was so well handled that I was sad to see it end.
Taking place first in the hospital tent of the great war and then in Canada during prohibition, this historical fiction story was totally captivating!
I loved learning about the rum-runners during prohibition in Canada. It was a part of history I’d never considered before. Additionally, the love story between Jerry and Adele during prohibition and the search for the truth of their story and their descendant in the present provided the perfect balance of mystery and romance.