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Short Synopsis
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?"

Full Synopsis
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.

"Leroy's beautifully rendered tale demonstrates how longing for normalcy during wartime can vanquish, even briefly, distrust and uncover common ground. Highly recommended." ---Library Journal Starred Review

"Leroy has written a tender love story wrapped around a horrifying account of unspeakable cruelty." ---Booklist

"Vivienne's measured, astringent voice is riveting and her moral ambiguity deliciously disturbing." ---Kirkus

"Leroy lovingly portrays the era and the isolated Guernsey landscape while simultaneously offering an unsparing view of the specific horrors of war. Colourful, rich descriptions." ---Publishers Weekly

"Alison Larkin’s reading is excellent. The entire story is told in Vivienne’s voice and Larkin reads her perfectly." ---SoundCommentary
Library Journal Review

The Soldier's Wife

Author Margaret Leroy

Narrated by Alison Larkin

Publication date Mar 25, 2013

Running time 11 hrs

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