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The Officer's Daughter

3.64  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
An epic wartime romance which sees a headstrong young woman face hardship, danger and dilemmas as the forces of history sweep her across continents, while two men compete to claim her heart.
592 pages
Published by Portobello Books (first published 2007)
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Judith Starkston
The Officer’s Daughter reminds me, oddly enough, of Huck Finn, if it’s possible to say that about a book set in World War II and crossing much of Poland, the USSR, and into Iran with a stop in England later on. It’s a tale of a young person’s epic journey and ongoing moral crises. No feuding between families, just nations, and plenty of slavery of one sort or other.

On the eve of the German invasion of Poland, Marta Dolniak, a headstrong, overly idealistic, naïve sixteen-year-old Polish girl and
I liked this book, I liked how informative it was, how interesting the author made the girls journey, it was really great. The middle part has even got some romance in it and its very catchy from there. But the last 150 pages were very disappointing and the ending was terrible in my opinion!!!!
But if Zina Rohan will write a sequel.... to make the ending seem half as bad, I will give it 4 stars! AND read the sequel :D
Katie Mcsweeney
Really liked the writing and the story but as Alushs said I think the ending was a total let down, perhaps paving the way for a sequel. In that regard it reminded me of Belle by Leasley Pearse.
Jun 24, 2017 Phyllida rated it did not like it
Spoiler alert: I thought this book was about a Polish girl guide leading her friends to safety in WW2 but found it was more about her moving from one bad situation to another and needing different kinds of courage to deal with each one. It would have made up for it if she ever found happiness but she doesn't. I read this quickly just to get through it and move on to something less dreary.
Margaret Houston
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful, until the end.

I'm getting this a lot recently, actually. In the last couple of years there have been a LOT of books I've read where I'm keen and interested and enjoying it and then, upon completion, want to drop-kick the book AND its author out a window for the totally anticlimactic letdown of an ending. I truly hope this isn't some sort of new post-postmodern trend.

I can't say more without spoilers, but I basically felt as though I'd been sucked into a vivid, in
Hvis den sidste 1/3-1/4 del ikke havde været der havde den fået tre måske 4 stjerner.
Bogen starter rigtigt godt, med vores heltinde Marta på grænsen til Tyskland da 2. verdenskrig bryder ud, vi følger hendes rejse gennem Polen/Rusland/Iran som flygtning, krigsfange og fri og det er spændende og interessant fortalt ud fra en polsk teenagers syn. Men så knækker filmen desværre (i min verden) og bogen går fra at være en sød feelgood til en tragisk øv-historie - det er synd for det kunne have været
Kerry Hallam
A well researched book;I found the detail about life in Poland, Siberian Labour Camps and Iranian Field Hospitals in World War II fascinating. Disappointingly I was less impressed by the heroine who I found somewhat unconvincing. Like other reviewers I found the last hundred or so pages rather weak and the story simply seemed to fizzle away.
May 11, 2012 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the book provided interesting insights into life, attitudes and hardships suffered by the Poles in WW2 I could not warm to the main character at all, a disappointing read in the end which felt as if it was only half done.
Anne Fox
Mar 18, 2014 Anne Fox rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book. I got a sense of the circumstances and history of the time. There was a good pace to the story, made me read on or stop and think.
Chelsea Lulu
Best read ever.
Barbara Wallis
Dec 26, 2012 Barbara Wallis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating book about the Second World War in Poland. Only book I have ever read with an Agata as a character (name of Katie's best friend)! Definitely worth a read. Bit disappointing finish.
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