The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy- 416 pages
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 review: 4.5 stars
I loved this book. After learning about Guernsey from The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, I was thrilled to find another book that welcomed be back there. Although much different in it’s story, this book grabs you from the start through it’s introduction to Vivienne to the descriptions of Guernsey. This book colors the outside the lines as the enemy becomes a lover, prisoners are helped, rules are broken and love is tested. Well written and a good overall story.
Tags: Historical Fiction, 2011, WW2
Labels: 2011, Historical Fiction, WW2