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.
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When I first read the synopsis of this book, I was instantly hooked on this book. I couldn't imagine how hard it could have been on the men in World War II, and how hard it must have been on the women, too! I loved the idea of What would you do for your family?
Vivienne was such a great lead character. And with the food decreasing every day and what she did for her family, it was almost heartbreaking for me to read.
I absolutely recommend this read. The reason that it didn't get 5 stars is because some parts were a little slow in the beginning as it was shifting over into the middle.
If you love historical novels, a story about family, and a great main character, you should pick up The Soldier's Wife!
The Soldier's Wife:
Published: June 28, 2011
Publisher: Hyperion Voice
Average Rating: 3.95 stars
Page Count: 416 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars