The Back of the Book: A lush, atmospheric story of love, war, and sacrifice set during the occupation of the small Channel Island of Guernsey during World War II asks the question: How well do you really know someone?
As the war draws closer and closer to Guernsey and her home, 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-lkaw, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting.
What she does not know nor 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, dementia takes hold of her mother-in-law, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with eac h 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 her young daughter befriends a prisoner from a work camp, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.
A novel full of grand passion and intensity, The Soldier’s Wife makes readers take pause and wonder ‘What would you do for your family?’ ‘What should you do for a stranger?’ and ‘What would you do for love?’
NotJustLaura’s Comments: I won an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book in a prize draw held by the publisher but decided it wasn’t for me after the first few pages. The family described by the author have a cat and I know what happened to household pets during the German Occupation of the Channel Islands. Quite possibly this kitty lives happily ever after but I decided not to continue with the book lest he did not.