A charming and poignant historical novel set on the Isle of Guernsey during the WWII German occupation. Not only is there a wonderful sense of place, but the characters are diverse and believable. The story has more depth than I first thought due to some unexpected and subtle plot twists. — Karen Frank
July 2011 Indie Next List
“Open this book and you'll be transported to the island of Guernsey during World War II where you'll meet Vivienne de la Mare, a true heroine. Leroy paints the setting beautifully. You will see the abundant gardens already going to seed because they've been abandoned by those who left the island before the Germans came. You will feel the weight of the German occupation as the soldiers move in, take most of the food, and ever so politely terrify the people. As Vivienne takes great risks to care for her children and her mentally frail mother-in-law, she falls into a forbidden love affair. Warning: Once you start The Soldier's Wife, you'll be hooked.”
— Elaine Petrocelli, Book Passage, Corte Madera, CA
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.
About the Author
Margaret Leroy is the author of the "New York Times" Notable Book "Postcards from Berlin" and "Yes, My Darling Daughter," which was chosen for the summer reading list by "O, the Oprah Magazine."
An "AudioFile" Earphones Award winner, Alison Larkin is a classically trained actress who has appeared on Broadway with the Royal National Theatre and Off-Broadway with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her bestselling novel "The English American" made the top ten list of best author audiobook narrations of all time.