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Historical Fiction Review – The Soldier’s Wife

The Soldier’s Wife by Margaret Leroy

Review by Mirah Welday (mwelday)

I feel like I have been blessed by the book gods lately.  I have been getting my hands on some really great reads!  The Soldier’s Wife was another to add to my list of 5 star books.  And I read it in just one day.

I seem to have an affinity for historical fiction set during World War II.  I am not sure what the attraction is but I imagine it is the pockets of hope and light that emerged during such a dark time.  I like to read about the triumphs in spite of the evil that was attempting to control the world.

The Soldier’s Wife takes us to the island of Guernsey.  The Germans are advancing ever closer to their oasis untouched by the war.  Even though some of their men have left to fight, ladies are still meeting for tea, food is still available, and home gardens are for flowers, not food. However, Guernsey would soon find itself occupied by German forces and bring with them a life that was nothing like the locals had experienced before.  Friendships are tested and the bonds of what hold us together as a human race are frayed but then sewn together again.

The Soldier’s Wife was thought-provoking and sentimental.  Leroy lets the reader see the impact of war through the eyes of three generations of women in one household.  The brutality of war and its impact on their minds and hearts effects them all differently, thus causing tension and even distrust within their household.  But, in the end, Leroy reminds us that in spite of the forces around us, we are all more alike than we are different.



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2 Responses to “Historical Fiction Review – The Soldier’s Wife”

  1. mistyks says:

    I may have to check this one out. Thanks for sharing!

  2. MIRAH W. (mwelday) says:

    Sure, mistyks! I sent this copy to a friend after I finished and she, too, read it in one day!! 🙂 If you read it, I’d love to know your thoughts, too!

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