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-la
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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 survived the Nazi occupation between 1939 to 1945 p...more
I had never heard of Guernsey until I read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society which is a book I love. Like the Potato Peel Pie Society The Soldier's Wife also takes place in Guernsey during the German Occupation in WWII. Vivienne, who is a resident of Guernsey and has a husband who is a soldier fighting for Britain is left to care for her 2 daughters and mother-in-law while he is away. When Germany occupies Guernsey German soldiers...more
Level of Recommendation: Recommended
Recommend to: fans of historical fiction
Truthfully, I found it a bit difficult to get into the story in the beginning, but the prose is simple enough that I continued reading. This book was told in first person, but I honestly thought it could have been told in third person without detracting from the story. Many lines seemed like something you would read in a third person perspective novel, but then I'd see "I said" after a line of d...more
Vivienne lives on the island Of Guernsey with her two daughters. Her husband is at war but she has never been in love with him. With the occupation, Guernsey has no little or no access to news of the war. Next door, four Germa...more
As the Germans establish themselves as an occupying force on the island, and a group of officers moves into the house next door, island lif...more
Curfews, food shortages and the impending winter are the least of Vivienne's worries after she starts to have feelings for an officer living next door. Vivienne must decide to either gi...more
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 was supposed to be this intense, attractive, mora...more
I 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 stood out most for me was how astounded and left in awe...more
I'm not going to summarise the plot of this novel as that has been done more than adequately many times already, but I have to say that whilst I found this book an interesting enough read, for me it just wasn't anywhere near as good as what I had been expecting. I perceived that this would be a book focusing on the impact the German occupation of Guernsey had on the islanders, intermingled with that of a romance between an islander and a German soldier;...more
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...more
Ich mag Geschichten über verbotene Lieben und ich lese zur Zeit auch gerne Romane, welche zeitlich zur Zeit des zweiten Weltkriegs angesiedelt sind. Somit war „Für immer, Vivienne“ prädestiniert um von mir gelesen zu werden.
Margaret Leroy nimmt den Leser mit auf die Kanalinsel Guernsey und beschreibt die Landschaft und die Insel so bildgewaltig, dass ich das Gefühl hatte, die Insel zu kennen und zu wissen, wie es dort aussieht. Diese Beschreibungen haben mir unheimlich gut gefallen....more
The old saying, “All’s fair in love and war” takes on a new meaning when reading "The Soldier’s Wife" by Margaret Leroy. It is the summer of 1940 and Vivienne’s husband Eugene has gone to London to join the fight, while she remains in Guernsey, a small channel island, with her mother-in-law Evelyn and her daughters Millie and Blanche.
When the soldiers have all left the island, it is clear the island’s occupants must evacuate their homes. Vivienne wavers on wh...more
I hadn't, in a very long while, read a book that made me forget myself, be...more
The Soldier’s Wife, by Margaret Leroy, tells the story of Vivienne de la Mare, an allied soldier’s wife living on the island of Guernsey during the German occupation of that island. Vivienne cares for her two daughters, Blanch and Millie, as well as her mother-in-law, who suffers from dementia. Deciding to remain on the island when the Germans come to occupy the island proves to be a decision with bittersweet results for Vivienne. German officers take residence next door to he...more
Vivienne de la Mare’s dilemmas start in her spontaneous announcement that she and her daughters are leaving the Island, because the Germans are coming, to her looking at that little ship and turning around in an about face.
The story is about the occupation of Island of Guernsey by the Germans in WWII. It is...more
Vivienne de la Mare, living on the island of Guernsey in the Channel Islands just off the coast of England, is a housewife raising two young daughters just after WWII breaks out and takes her husband away to war. Not thinking that their island will be affected, the islanders get a rude awakening one day as German p...more
pg 58: I will leave everything as it is. This is th only protest I can make, the only way I can fight this : to live as I have always lived, not to let them change me at all.
pg. 94: referencing the fight with Blanche about going dancing with the German soldiers:
... embracing the restriction ... Yet I know that a cloistered room, however willing entered, will become a prison
pg.161 referencing the story of the hunte...more
(from the Biography page of her website)
I went to Oxford to study music, at St. Hilda's College. In my twenties I tried all sorts of things - music therapy, play-leading with children with disabilities, work in a...more