In a riveting look at Madrid, 1957, eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson arrives in Spain with a camera and a passion to connect with his mother's home country. While Spain is under the rule of General Francisco Franco, Daniel captures a darker side of Spain, leaving him with uncomfortable questions in a place of danger. The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys is a heart-wrenching novel inspired by the true postwar struggles of Spain. A similar, very beautiful and meaningful story that captures the inevitable fears of war and appreciation for life is Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. In it, Death is our narrator who tells the story of Liesel, a young German girl who shares her stories and storytelling abilities that ultimately sustain and hide the Jewish man and neighbors in the home of her parents. If you loved The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, this is your book.
If you like a different take on narrators, such as Death narrating The Book Thief, another beautiful title is Julie Berry's Lovely War. Here we have stories of love and war as told by the Greek goddess Aphrodite. Rather than taking place at Mount Olympus, she's in a luxe Manhattan hotel narrating a great love story set in the perilous days of World War I and II to her lover and husband. If you'd rather read a first person approach during the Revolutionary War, however, consider reading Laurie Halse Anderson's Chains. It's a story of war, spies and the lengths we will go to feel freedom. Engaging, quick and full of character development, this is a must-read.
Finally, I leave you with other titles by Ruta Sepetys, as she is one beloved, amazing author. If you haven't read her other titles, be sure to check out Between Shades of Gray and Salt to the Sea. If you love historical fiction at all, these are two titles that will completely immerse you in to their worlds.