The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy

The Soldier's Wife

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 ...

Details The Soldier's Wife

TitleThe Soldier's Wife
Release DateJun 28th, 2011
PublisherHachette Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II, Romance

Reviews The Soldier's Wife

  • Mandy
    This book is simply beautiful. Beautifully written and such admirable characters that left such an imprint on my soul. Gorgeous story of love during WW2. Love this! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!
  • Toni
    Loved it! Something about books with an island setting always draw me in. I've become greatly intrigued with The Channel Islands in particular ever since reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This book only served to reinforce that fascination.The Soldier's Wife had so much to say - about human dignity and perseverance and the make-do spirit and compassion (and yes, passion too). Sure, the inhabitants of Guernsey Island who s...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    It's probably my fault for reading this after The Nightingale... I really did try not to compare the two or hold this up to any expectations, but I think that definitely still happened. I thought this story was kind of simplistic and wasn't that into the characters or the writing style. It seemed more like a brief play than a story with depth that could feel realistic. I do think I might have liked it a bit more if I had picked it up before The N...
  • Laura
    This has to be one of my favourite books of the year so far; I enjoyed how the author shunned typical historical fiction patterns and chose to set her story on the isle of Guernsey during world war two. Historically, we are perhaps guilty of forgetting about the inhabitants of the small islands caught in the crossfire - they were in 'no mans land' and felt the brunt of much of the Occupation. Vivienne is a mother of two young daughters - and a ca...
  • Sarah
    2.5 stars, but I rounded up because I feel nice today. Also as a sort of atonement for this bit that I just have to get off my chest:PLEASE DO NOT EVER NAME YOUR ROMANTIC INTEREST GUNTHER. I am a child of the '90s and '00s, when I hear "Gunther," I think this: . If you live under a rock and have never seen an episode of the hit sitcom "Friends," that is Gunther, the comically creepy coffee shop worker who is obsessed with Rachel. So yeah. Gunther...
  • Felice
    Ever read The Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene? It’s about a Jewish teenager named Patty whose town in Arkansas is to house a German prisoner of war camp. Despite the ill will and fears regarding the German nation, Patty befriends one of the young soldiers in the camp. Her friendship with him is an escape from her hard home life and from loneliness but when their relationship is discovered Patty has to choose between popular opinion,...
  • Branwen Sedai *of the White Ajah*
    We all have such richness in us-the lives we have lived, the people we have loved, all the things we have longed for. Wherever we go, whatever happens, we carry this ruchness within us. Whatever is done to us. Whatever is taken from us. We should always be grateful for every gift life gives us, and cherish what we have.When the island of Guernsey is taken over by German soldiers during WWII, Vivienne worries that she will not be able to protect h...
  • Meg Ulmes
    I loved "Potato Peel Society" when I read it a few years ago, so when I saw that this novel was set on Guernsey during WWII I had to read it--and I'm glad that I did. It is a richly written novel with a bit more serious narrative than "Potato." I did not want the book to end and it was worth every page. Well drawn characters, a believable plot and appealing setting description make this a memorable novel.
  • Holly
    I didn't love this book, ended up being an ok read. Usually I feel quite a bit of emotions when I read about WWII but this one didn't provoke any for me. I never became involved in the characters. I felt so distanced from them that it was hard to care about what happened to them. The writing was ok but there were hardly any actual conversations, all you got were little snippets. And because of that you never really got to know anybody. The main p...
  • Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
    I started to read this book month's ago and other books got between. So, when I saw it as an audiobook did I pounce on it like it was the last chocolate in the world. What can I say, I do love listening to books...Anyway, want some forbidden love, WW2, Guernsey and of course hell of a good writing? Then this is the book! I quite enjoyed both reading and listening to this book and will check out the author's other books.
  • Pam Jenoff
    A beautifully-written story of one woman's struggle to keep her family safe during the German occupation of the Isle of Guernsey. This book is captivating and fraught with emotional tension.
  • Emily Crowe
    Margaret Leroy's The Soldier's Wife takes place during the Nazi occupation of the island of Guernsey during WWII, and its third person narrative follows Vivienne de la Mare, a woman who must daily walk the fine edge between patriotism and practicality. After her husband enlists, it falls to her to keep her daughters and her ailing mother-in-law safe in a world that has suddenly become alien to her. When German officers requisition the house next ...
  • Kat (A Journey In Reading)
    4.5 starsHave you ever wondered how far you would go to protect the ones that you love? What if you fell in love with the enemy?In this story, our main character Vivienne, her two girls and her ailing mother in law live on the island of Guernsey. Her husband has been called to serve in the war and she has to decide whether or not to leave the island she calls home. This decision comes because of the rumors that the Germans are to occupy their isl...
  • Nancy
    My take: I had no idea there were these little cow islands between the British Isles and the continent until I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society a few years ago. Now I just want to go visit them. But definitely not during a war. Even more definitely not during a time they are occupied by another country working on a little genocide. Just to summarize, there are a few little islands nobody really cared much about that happened...
  • Emily Collins
    Coming back into reality can be horribly startling at times. That's the best way to discern an excellent book from a simply okay book. It's the excellent books that make you forget where you are in time and space, entirely blocking out the clock, one could spend hours reading an excellent book and think it was only minutes. Perhaps, of course, in my particular office this may be a problem, but it's all worth it in the end.I hadn't, in a very long...
  • Silver Thistle {adores JAFF & TEOTWAWKI. Oh, and accronyms :P}
    Nazi occupation on Guernsey during WWII. Doesn't really conjure up images of a lovely romance for me but I think this is considered Historical Romance. The only thing I found romantic about it was the language and the setting but I did enjoy it. While reading it the star rating swung from 4 to 2 to 4 and finally settled on 3 but then just at the last page jumped it back to 4 again, at the last second. I didn't like the ending particularly but I d...
  • Erika Robuck
    Set on the English Channel Island of Guernsey during the Nazi occupation of WWII, The Soldier’s Wife is the story of Vivienne de la Mare, her affair with a German soldier, and her relationship with her family and neighbors. When we meet Vivienne she is caring for her mother-in-law and her two daughters while her husband is away fighting for the allied forces in London. From the onset, Vivienne is faced with agonizing decisions; the first of whi...
  • Barb
    I was disappointed by this novel, the story had potential, the problem I had was with the way it was written. The author sets up a story with a variety of good juicy conflicts and then fails to explore the character's feelings about them. The characters were not well developed and I had a difficult time viewing the relationship between Vivien and Gunther as believable. I didn't feel the love between them, honestly I didn't feel the lust very much...
  • Angel Royal
    Because this book was set on the island of Guernsey, I thought I would love it. But I didn't. Ethically, the plot made me angry--very "Bridges of Madison County"-ish. I gave it 3 stars because there was good character development--even though I. Didn't like the main character. It's books like these that make us want to justify affairs and blame them on circumstances. They make us want to believe that the end justifies the means. But, wasn't that ...
  • Barbara
    I was glad I was on vacation when I started this book because I couldn't put it down. It is beautifully written. The descriptions of the sights and smells of the island make you want to visit, but it is easy to imagine what it is like. It also shows that not all German soldiers are monsters like are portrayed in most. WWII stories. Some are kind people who had normal lives and had no choise about serving. If you enjoyed Guernsey Literary and Pota...
  • Alison
    A quick read, and WWII novels always provide such potential for melodrama. After reading the Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society I enjoyed getting another Guernsey point of view. Vivienne and her daughters were loveable and I enjoyed the suspense of not knowing whether Gunther was good or bad.
  • Carol Brill
    Beautiful writing. Loved the voice and the finely drawn characters in this story of love, unlikely friendships, and impossible choices
  • Lydia Laceby
    Originally Reviewed at Novel EscapesI picked up The Soldier’s Wife a few weeks ago after the cover drew me in and the story had me adding to my pile. Having loved The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I had high hopes for this novel and wasn’t disappointed. The writing itself was stunning as was the depiction of Guernsey and the story stole a bit of my heart. The Soldier’s Wife will definitely sit on my shelf to be reread. What...
  • Mmars
    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society opened my eyes to this Windward isle, but left me wanting more knowledge about Guernsey's role during World War II and what it's like today. Leroy deftly weaves that history into this story. She also presents a different social situation. Vivienne, the soldier's wife, is more affluent and not native to the island, but has lived there for about fifteen years when the story begins. She lives in a co...
  • Vanessa Fenn
    A novel full of grand passion and intensity, The Soldier's Wife asks "What would you do for your family?" "What should you do for a stranger?" and "What would you do for love?"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...
  • Sara
    3.75 Stars. Vivienne de la Mare lives in an old farmhouse with her two daughters on Guernsey in the Channel Islands during WWII. Her husband is away fighting in the English army, and it quickly becomes apparent to the reader that Vivienne's marriage is a loveless and unhappy one. The island suddenly becomes occupied by German troops, some moving in in the house beside her own. Even though Vivienne tries hard to remain aloof for the sake of loyalt...
  • Jen
    slow going so far. I want to like this. Edited to Add....I could not finish this book. The further into it I read, the more annoyed I became. I feel like I need to read the sparseness of Hemingway to cleanse myself. Way too many words used to tell this story. The setting was lushly described. I was so intrigued, I looked up Guernsey on Google Earth. The author spends a lot of time and great detail on the food, flowers, and place. However, too muc...
  • Michele
    I probably liked this book more than it deserved, but there are two very specific reasons for the four good stars I give it:1. The author didn't take the easy way out with the ending. Of course, to a large degree, history itself determined the ending, but the author's choices for the paths the characters took were unexpected (I was expecting sappy) and interesting.2. The author clearly has a talent for capturing the mother/child relationship with...
  • Melanie Coombes
    Wow, what an amazing book. I didn't want to put this one down. The writing is so descriptive and the wartime plot often made for a suspenseful read. This beautiful and moving story tells the story of Vivienne de la Mare. She lives on the island of Guernsey during WWII. Her husband is off fighting in the war and she is left behind to care for her 2 daughters and her ailing mother-in-law. Next door a group of German soldiers have taken up residence...
  • Oksana Uskova
    Майстерно написана книжка на гостру тему колабораціонізму. Через 70 років та війну, яку я, насправді, не знала, легко бути поблажливою до головної героїні. У ситуації війни в моїй країні я вже знаю, що я була б категорична. Ворог є ворог, є межі, які п...