The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman

The Wartime Sisters

Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure fr...

Details The Wartime Sisters

TitleThe Wartime Sisters
Release DateJan 22nd, 2019
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction

Reviews The Wartime Sisters

  • Melissa
    *3.5 stars*Although marketed as WWII fiction, readers looking to satisfy their craving for a historically rich storyline should think twice. The composition of the The Wartime Sisters is much more women’s fiction than anything else. Sibling rivalry the focus of the shot, while the war itself remains a mere blur in the background. Through her lens, Lynda Cohen Loigman captures the dynamics that often haunt sisters—namely the resentment, jealou...
  • Crumb
    Complex Relationships and Secrets Abound..Beware, turbulence ahead... (Cue Jaws Theme) ♫ This ride is going to get a little bumpy, ya'll! A historically accurate representation of a WWII armory and what life is like for those working there . What's interesting about this story is there is a war obviously being fought and is referred to frequently in the peripherals. With that being said, the ultimate war is the one being fought between Mill...
  • Angela M
    There is so much to appreciate about this book. Lynda Cohen Loigman does a fabulous job of depicting the times about which she writes, and she has also created characters that the reader comes to know in depth, as their story and secrets are gradually revealed. Through multiple, alternating narratives, moving back and forth between two times frames and two places, the main focus of the story is on two sisters growing up in Brooklyn 1919-1932 and ...
  • Liz
    What a great start to my 2019 reading! As an only child whose husband brought four daughters to the marriage, I am fascinated by sibling dynamics. How can those with the same set of genes and family setting turn out so different? So kudos to Loigman for doing such a great job of capturing the dynamics and sibling rivalries. Also for capturing how the way we are treated by parents works to harden our opinions of siblings and affects our own future...
  • Diane S ☔
    Two sisters, discrimination that begins in the home, and how this affects their relationship in the future. Ruth, the elder, responsible, smart but convinced the was dull looking, and the younger Millie, the beauty of the family, expected to make a brilliant marriage.The Armory in Springfield, the 1940s, where the sisters will once again find themselves in the same place . WWIi, and almost half of those working in the armory on the manufacturing ...
  • Christine
    4.5 stars rounded to 5 starsI have not read many historical fiction books, but I picked up The Family House, Linda Cohen Loigman’s debut novel, a couple of years ago basically on a lark. I was surprised by how much I loved it. Since that time I have been more open to historical fiction reads. When I heard Ms. Loigman had completed her second novel I ran to Net Galley to see if it might be there, and lo and behold it was. I grabbed it immediatel...
  • Elyse Walters
    I finished this emotionally engrossing novel yesterday....a particular moment in history - against the backdrop of Springfield Armory in Massachusetts. It’s a wonderful novel that untethers within it the impact of universal forces: discrepancy of treatment in childhood/parental favoritism, family disharmony, self-esteem, resentments, rivalries, withheld communications, lies, betrayal, assumptions, secrets, friendships, marriage, motherhood, si...
  • Katie B
    World War 2 historical fiction is a genre I just keep coming back to especially when it features strong female characters. While the war and military community in Springfield, Massachusetts certainly are parts of this story, the main focus is on female relationships particularly the one between sisters Ruth and Millie.I was hooked from the very beginning as you really sympathized with Ruth and how she felt like she was the "lesser" sister. But be...
  • Esil
    I can be a real suck when it comes to books and movies. Crank up the emotions, and the tears start flowing. The Wartime Sisters had that impact on me. The writing isn’t special and the plot is a bit predictable, but the story and the characters got to me and had me all choked up. The story is set in the 1930s and 40s, focusing on sisters Ruth and Millie. Ruth is older and jealous of her younger sister’s good looks and more endearing personali...
  • Erin
    3. 5 stars Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for an e-Arc in exchange for an honest review. My sixth WWII era narrative featuring strong female protagonists in a two week period and suprisingly I don't seem to be tiring. In The Wartime Sisters, I found myself on the Home Front, specifically in Springfield Mass, at the Armory campus. The sisters in question are Ruth and Millie, two Jewish girls from Brooklyn that act more like high schoo...
  • Bkwmlee
    4.5 stars2019 hasn't started off too well for me, as I've been sick since the end of December and have been dealing with some issues at home the past few days -- all that plus the usual "busy-ness" with work and a bunch of other things going on in my life -- have managed to put me in a not-so-pleasant mood as of late. Whenever I encounter these types of "dark periods" in my life, I turn to books as my solace, as the one source that allows me to e...
  • Marialyce
    The book The Wartime Sisters is really a story about two girls raised in the same Jewish household where one has been treated differently than the other. One sister, Millie, seems favored over the other sister, Ruth, because she possesses looks, allure, and the mother's desire for her to marry up in society, while the other daughter is treated like she is not even a close second to being what her sister is. As you can imagine, this causes a huge ...
  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    Sisters who didn't get along because of jealousy. Sisters who didn't get along because of different ways of looking at things.Sisters who just didn't get along or agree about anything.Ruth and Millie were sisters who fit into those categories. Ruth was older and more reliable. Millie just couldn't focus on anything and was not reliable but earned the favor of their mother and could do no wrong in her eyes.THE WARTIME SISTERS focuses on relationsh...
  • Susan
    The Wartime Sisters is a look into the complicated relationship between two sisters Ruth and Millie who don't get along because they don't communicate with one another. They are both harboring feelings of resentment and jealousy. Set in the 30's and 40's the story goes back and forth in time with their growing up in Brooklyn to their lives in Springfield, Massachusetts at the Armory. They both have secrets they are not sharing with one another wh...
  • Jennifer Blankfein
    Grabbed me from page 1! Lynda Loigman knows how to tell a compelling, fast moving with realistic relationship complexities- sisters, parents, colleagues and friends... set at the Armory in Massachusetts in the 1940s. Loved it! Full review to come on Book Nation by Jen.
  • Pam Jenoff
    The Wartime Sisters, is by the incredible Lynda Loigman, who wrote The Two-Family House. The Wartime Sisters is set on the homefront during World War 2. It features two estranged and very different sisters, one an officer's wife and the other a widow, who reunite at the Springfield Armory. A dark figure from their past reemerges, causing them to face all that has happened -- and each other. Meticulous history, gorgeous prose and a compelling plot...
  • Zoe
    Expressive, thoughtful, and intriguing!The Wartime Sisters is a fascinating, sentimental story of two Jewish sisters, Ruth, the smart, dependable one, and Millie, the beautiful, irresponsible one, and their struggle to understand, accept, support, unite, and show compassion for each other in a time of personal and global instability and turmoil.The writing is clear and precise. The characters are strong, hardworking, and determined. And the plot ...
  • Mellie Antoinette
    ***#earc thanks to #netgalley for a fair review***This novel reminds me of the old Irving Berlin song “Sisters, Sisters” 👯 sung by Rosemary Clooney (gorgeous voice) and Vera-Ellen in the 1954 romantic comedy White Christmas. Except, there’s nothing romantic about this pair. There’s quite literally no love lost between them. Ruth and Millie are two young, Jewish Brooklynites with contrasting temperaments and years of family jealousy sep...
  • Jamie
    Lynda Loigman has done it again! She has taken familial relationships and set them against a time in history I knew little about and brought the characters and the time period to life. As a fellow Jewish woman, I always like to see how Loigman incorporates Jewish customs to her characters and I enjoyed some subtleties here like Ruth's friend telling her "oh, but at least your husband will be home for Christmas." More than anything, Loigman has wr...
  • Martie Nees Record
    Genre: Historical Fiction.Publisher: St. Martin’s PressPub. Date: Jan. 22, 2019I didn’t become a history buff until I became a book reviewer. Actually, although I am a baby boomer, I did not know much about WWII, other than the basics that one learns in school and from the movies. Now I am hooked on the genre. However, I was not the target audience for this novel. That is probably because “The Wartime Sisters” is really a women’s fictio...
  • ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀
    4 Stars.Ruth and Millie Kaplan are sisters being raised by their parents in Brooklyn, New York during the 1930s. Ruth is a serious girl; introverted, studious, conscientious, a perfectionist. She was hoping for a younger sister who shared her interests. Instead she got Millie, an extroverted girl who makes friends easily, loves to be active, reads movie magazines and wears her heart on her sleeve. To top it all off, Millie is very pretty and Ruth...
  • Donna Davis
    Sometimes I feel sorry for writers that hit it big the first time they publish a novel, because then the expectations are raised for everything they write thereafter, and so I wondered whether Loigman, the author of A Two Family House, would be able to match the standard she has set for herself. I needn’t have worried, because if anything, The Wartime Sisters is even more absorbing. I was invited to read and review, and my thanks go to Net Gall...
  • Karen
    This WWII story concentrates on two sisters with very different temperaments. Ruth is the older, ‘smarter’ one, and Millie, the emotional, ‘pretty’ one. Millie is clearly the parental favorite. Unfair parenting combined with relentless schoolboy’ goo goo eyes for Millie take a toll on the girls’ relationship, leading to buried secrets and long-term estrangement.Millie’s character is a sympathetic one while Ruth less so as I often fo...
  • Toni
    Growing up in Brooklyn, NY, during the Great Depression but before WWII, wasn’t the worst of Ruth and Millie Kaplan’s existence. It was growing up with each other that took the toll on their daily lives.Ruth was reminded everyday how beautiful Millie was and that everyone must prepare for the day she’ll meet and marry the perfect man. According to her mother Florence, he’ll be college educated, socially registered within the right class, ...
  • Sue Seligman
    Lynda Cohen Loigman’s debut novel, The Two Family House, written a couple of years ago is one of my all time favorites and I was so excited to hear that her second novel was being published soon. I was lucky enough to receive an ARC, and this novel does not disappoint! I loved it, and I am currently in a book hangover! The way she describes her characters and settings makes the reader feel part of the story, feeling the emotions and experiencin...
  • Karen Kay
    I received this from in exchange for a review. Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. This book probably should have been categorized under Women's Fiction vs Historical Fiction. Though set during WW 2, the actual war never made an appearance in the book. It was an okay book, the writing was okay, everything was just ...
  • Jen
    When I started The Wartime Sisters I was in the mood for a good historical fiction. Turns out, this is not historical fiction but an emotional, complex look at sibling relationships and family ties. Two sisters, Millie and Ruth, are raised in Brooklyn by their parents. From the beginning, one is deemed the smart sister and the other is deemed the beautiful sister. This sets the sisters on a trajectory for their entire upbringing, driving a wedge ...
  • Camille Maio
    I've waited two years for Loigman to write another book, having loved her debut, The Two-Family House. This one did not disappoint! I was immediately engaged in the lives and challenges of Ruth and Millie. But I came to understand that "sisters" is not only about our blood relatives, but the community of women that surround us. I learned much, was greatly invested, and I hope she comes out with another one soon.I received an Advanced Review Copy ...
  • Jennifer S. Brown
    What a beautifully nuanced story of two sisters, Ruth and Millie, who both work at the Springfield Armory during WWII. This is a wartime story, but the battles waged on the pages are the ones between the two sisters coming to terms with each other.The story weaves the perspectives of the two sisters—plus two other women who are at the Armory—whose relationship has been made fragile by a lifetime of slights and rivalries. With each chapter, my...
  • Literary Soirée
    THE WARTIME SISTERS is a totally engrossing story of two estranged sisters who work in an armory during WWII. Each has a deep secret. One is an officer’s wife, the other a war widow. Tensions grow between them until a mysterious figure returns, revealing long-buried truths. Shows the bravery of women toiling on the home front against the uncertain backdrop of war. From the author of Goodreads Choice Awards semifinalist The Two-Family House. Hig...