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

The Soldier's Wife

byMargaret Leroy

Paperback | June 28, 2011

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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.

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Margaret Leroy studied music at Oxford and has been a music therapist, play leader, shop assistant, and social worker. For fifteen years she has worked as a social worker and counselor, specializing in marital therapy and child protection. Her books have been published in nine languages, and her first novel, Trust, has been translated ...
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Title:The Soldier's WifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:June 28, 2011Publisher:Hachette BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1401341705

ISBN - 13:9781401341701

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written The main thing that I really enjoyed about this book was although it went at an enormously slow pace it was the detailed writing that made it really good. The story itself was also really good, despite the theme being bleak and only gets much more bleaker towards the ending. The writing throughout the book was very well done I especially liked the descriptions of the island, despite the war theme, the island was separated from all that and really seemed like a beautiful place to be. The beginning of the book goes pretty slow. Well, the pace is actually pretty slow throughout, however it’s fitting because it’s like living on this island, time seems to go slow since it’s not really directly involved in the war (not so much as other countries that is). It picks up a little through the second half although not considerably.  The characters in the book seem to be very well done. Vivienne and Gunther together just seemed to fit well. I’d rather hoped the outcome would have been different for the both of them but their endings were very well done and realistic in accordance to the time period of the story.  Despite the slow pace of the book, it’s still worth a read. The bleak theme and the idyllic setting is an interesting contrast but provides a good balance between the two. It’s a well written dramatic plot that will stick with you even after you finish the book. 
Date published: 2014-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A wonderful read This is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It holds the interest, is intriguing, exciting and full of surprises. A real page turner - couldn't put it down. And a great twist on the very last 3 lines of the book -most unexpected! It is also very thought provoking and I found myself putting myself in the main characters shoes and wondering how I would react to the situations she faced. Great research into the historical part of the book and great pictures painted in the mind of the setting and the horrors of war and the sweetness of love. Now I just have to decide who I will share this great work with. Look forward to more books by Margaret Leroy.
Date published: 2012-06-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great read!! I really enjoyed this book! I could not put it down. A easy read with an interesting ending!
Date published: 2011-11-07

Editorial Reviews

"With its stunning and evocative description of the Guernsey landscape, its subtle and astute depiction of a woman's relationship with her children, her lover, and her husband, this absorbing novel is utterly beguiling."-Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister