White Rose, Black Forest by Eoin Dempsey

Touching, tense, close-up view of courage and empathy in the face of fascism.

I'm repeatedly drawn to these WWII books, but this was a timely and hopeful read. Complex characters and the dark realities of nationalism and war provided a perfect context for two strangers to learn to trust one another despite being damaged and having every reason not to. This is hardly a feel-good read, but at its core I think it's about empathy and the power one person can have for better or worse.