The Soldier's Wife

Paperback | February 26, 2015

byJoanna Trollope

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Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees these reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope, if he can’t? How much, indeed, can Alexa, Dan’s wife, sacrifice her own needs to serve his commitment to a way of life that demands everything not just of him but of her and the children as well?

This novel takes a keen look at the lives of modern military families. With her trademark intelligence, empathy and clear-eyed insight, Joanna Trollope shows us a family striving to balance duty and ambition with intimacy and understanding.

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Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees these reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family...

Joanna Trollope, a descendant of nineteenth-century English novelist Anthony Trollope,has been widely praised for her deft, perceptive,and unflinching portrayals of relationshipsbetween men and women.Much beloved in England, she is theauthor of historical novels and a study of women inthe British Empire. The most recent of her sixconte...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:376 pages, 8.13 × 5.38 × 0.88 inPublished:February 26, 2015Publisher:HarperCollins Publishers LtdLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1443413038

ISBN - 13:9781443413039

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not the type of novel I would read again or recomend First of all, let me say that my opinion is based on my literary preferences at the moment, and I'm sure some people have loved this book. Of course I don't have a bad word to say about the writing, as Trollope is an experienced writer and it shows, although personally I don't love it when a book switches to a bunch a different perspectives as well as cut the scene when it peaks. I thought the story was realistic and am sure shows the intense struggle of wives and officers in the army but I felt it was all just too much. I am not a fan of the main character everyone just seems to gravitate towards and who is loved by every single person in her entourage. One of the character in the book (Jack Dearlove) would some time serve some cold hard truth to the heroine and I was like finally someone who isnt singing her praises. Overall I couldnt really get attached to the main character and thought the story was a bit depressing. I don't mind being depressed by a story if it reflects a reality but would at least like to feel the strength of the love between the couple, which would show more of the struggle to make it through, and sadly I didn't.
Date published: 2015-05-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Soldiers Wife Interesting I really enjoyed this book. Joanna Trollope keeps the story moving and the characters are all real
Date published: 2013-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Soldiers Wife Interesting I really enjoyed this book. Joanna Trollope keeps the story moving and the characters are all real
Date published: 2013-05-29

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?Written with all Trollope?s customary skill and panache, this is an absorbing look at the modern military wife who no longer automatically follows the drum.? ? DAILY MAIL (London)

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