Book Talk
The Soldiers Wife
Reviewed by- linda (2011/08/18, 07:55 PM)
There is a strong sense of time and place in this beautifully written book. It takes place during WWII on the island of Guernsey and vividly shows the effects of German occupation on the day-to-day life of those who remained. There’s a tenseness and fear that suddenly and permanently envelopes even the most mundane activity and haunts the thoughts. With a husband off fighting, the story focuses on Vivian, left behind to care for her two daughters and mother-in-law as German soldiers take up residence in the house next to hers. Vivian is a strong woman, but also vulnerable and ends up having an affair with a German soldier. Margaret Leroy does an excellent job of humanizing the Germans while at the same time demonstrating their ability to torment and kill. The book slows in places but is still a very good literary read.Back.

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