Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Review: The Soldier's Wife

The Soldier's WifeThe Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy

4.5 stars

Have you ever wondered how far you would go to protect the ones that you love? What if you fell in love with the enemy?

In this story, our main character Vivienne, her two girls and her ailing mother in law live on the island of Guernsey. Her husband has been called to serve in the war and she has to decide whether or not to leave the island she calls home. This decision comes because of the rumors that the Germans are to occupy their island.

Through the book we are shown the daily life of Vivienne, her best friend, and her children. Soon not only the island, but the house next door are occupied by the enemy Germans. Vivienne tries to avoid the soldier's next door but soon they become part of her life....she soon falls in love with one of them.

Even though Vivienne eventually sees the harsh realities of war, from the work camps, starving prisoners, the rationing of food, the story is one that shows you never really know someone, no matter how close you are to them. It also shows that the ones you think are the worst, are actually some of the best.

I loved the writing in this story. Some things were predictable and you could see them coming, but there were many more surprises than predictions. This isn't really a book about a war, but the lives of people who the war affects and how they will never be the same.

Thank you to Voice: Hyperion for the chance to read this!


Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

I'm definitely adding this one to my list. Thanks for the wonderful review.

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I have this in my tbr pile and hope to get to it soon. After reading your review I am even more anxious to get to it.

Kristen said...

Sounds like a really good book! I'm adding it to my wishlist right now! Thank you!

Sarah said...

I'm tempted to try this, because I loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society... but it sounds like there might be some adultery going on. It's hard for me to sympathize with those kind of characters... if I see this at the library, maybe I'll give it a try. Thanks for the review!