Author: Margaret Leroy
Publish Date: June 28, 2011
Why You're Reading This Book:
- You're a historical fiction fan.
- You like a good page turner.
From Goodreads.com: "A novel full of grand passion and intensity, The Soldier's Wife asks "What would you do for your family?" "What should you do for a stranger?" and "What would you do for love?"
As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship and her family safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger."
My Two Cents:
I really liked this book until about the last third of the book and then I LOVED it. The book is a solid historical fiction read. It takes place during WWII on the island of Guernsey (which I now feel like I need to read about since I've come across several books that either discuss or take place on the island of Guernsey). This book had a little bit of everything that I like in a book. There was a little bit of romance, a bit of mystery, a bit of drama all surrounding a good solid story.
Vivienne, the main character, was really well written. She struggles between falling in love with Gunther, a Nazi who is occupying Guernsey, and trying to remain loyal to her country while caring for her children and her mother-in-law who is close to losing it. I really felt for her. Leroy does a great job about writing of how she makes the decisions she makes.
There's a huge twist in the book that I really loved. It made me not be able to put down the book until I finished. I don't want to give anything away but if you read the book, you'll know the twist that I'm talking about. It was a really good touch!
Bottom line: This is a great historical fiction pick!