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The Diplomat's Wife (The Kommandant's Girl #2)

3.88 of 5 stars 3.88  ·  rating details  ·  2,924 ratings  ·  387 reviews
"How have I been lucky enough to come here, to be alive, when so many others are not? I should have died.... But I am here."

1945. Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets Paul, an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are d
ebook, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Mira Books (first published May 1st 2008)
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So this book is the follow up to The Kommandant's Girl but I didn't realize this until I started reading it. It takes one of the supportive characters from the first book and then tells her story as the war ends. Loved it! Lately I have really been intrigued with this period of time in history. Again, just like the first book, I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish it, but I will say there are events that are a little too far fetched. Even so I would highly recommend this book. ...more
I read this one because the title caught my eye, and was seriously disappointed. The beginning of the story tracing Marta's ordeal with the Gestapo and her subsequent time in a refugee hospital was by far the best part of the story, but once Paul's plane crashed, both the story and the book headed downhill.

Thought it opened strongly, the book never really took off for me- neither of the two big shockers were at all surprising to me because they were so telegraphed ahead of time (though knowing
The Diplomat’s Wife is a sequel to The Kommandant’s Girl, but the novel follows the life of Marta, a supporting character in the life of Emma. But unlike The Kommandant’s Girl, I had a hard time getting into the story or, even, caring about Marta.

I think my lack of sympathy for Marta stems from the fact that The Kommandant’s Girl presents her as an unlikeable person. She falls for Emma’s husband, although she had no idea Jacob was married, and still cannot let go of him in The Diplomat’s Wife, d
This book is getting a perfect seven star rating from me. What a wonderful way to finish up my 2013 reading challenge! The author Pam Jenoff had me hooked when after reading only the first chapter, just the first few pages and I was immediately connected to our main character Marta and brushing tears from my eyes. I would say this is the absolute success of this book. The lightning fast bonding to each character as they were introduced.. you longed to know what would happen next to these people ...more
The author looks like she's twelve and she writes like it too...the premise is interesting but it is soooo predictable. They meet, they part, they meet perchance again, they get caught in the rain, they take shelter in the garden shed, they kiss, they share a blanket and shiver, they have sex, they part, get the picture! I know some loved it but I found it really poorly written.
Nov 10, 2008 Dani rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dani by: Whitney
Another WWII book, that was amazing. I truly wish this book is made into a movie. It was very well written, and it got your attention right at the beginning. The last 100 pages had my up until 2am, biting my nails while finishing it. Although, I did predict a key part of it, there were still some twists and turns, that I was totally not expecting. A great read!
Jenny Esplin
I liked this book.

It was exciting (most of the time). It had a nice pace (most of the time). It held my attention, except on those few occasions when a word or a smell or a rock would send my mind drifting back through time, and I would recall the time I hid in a cave with Peeta. But I knew I mustn't think of him, and I would throw myself back into the book at hand.

I loved the setting, both historically and geographically. I liked hearing the stories from Marta's time working with the resistance
Dec 29, 2009 Theresa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: great for a book club discussion
Marta Nederman, a Nazi resistance fighter from Krakow, Poland, has survived being captured and tortured by the Nazis, been rescued by some American soldiers and is recovering at a refugee camp in Austria. Her family and friends, as far as she knows are all casualties of the war and she needs to restart her life again.

She develops a friendship with Rose, another concentration camp survivor, and Dava, her nurse, at the refugee camp. She spends most of her days with Rose, who is struggling to recov
Rachel Brand
I definitely did not enjoy this as much as 'Kommandant's Girl' but it was still a compelling and exciting read. I was gripped right from the very start, but unfortunately this didn't last all the way through the book. Quite a few factors spoiled my reading. Marta did not have such a strong personality as Emma, and didn't seem as fleshed-out as her. With Emma, I felt like I really got inside her head, but this was not the case with Marta. A lot of Marta's story relied upon coincidences, and there ...more
This is my first book by Pam Jenoff and it won't be my last. I decided to read the Diplomat's Wife because I had seen a notice at my local library that she was going to be there for a signing or question and answering. I didn't make it to the engagement but I am very glad that I decided to pick up her book.

The Diplomat's Wife is a novel with everything. Mystery, suspense, thrills and chills, and romance. The story is set in the year 1945. Marta has survived a Nazi prison camp and is rescued by a
While I preferred this to Pam Jenoff's other book, The Kommandant's Girl, the ending was again infuriating. Jenoff clearly cannot bring herself to end a book without some type of far-fetched twist. It's as though she's not writing for the pleasure of the readers, but as though she's fervently hoping the book will be converted into a Hollywood movie and she feels compelled to insert enough DRAMA for it to be considered. Myself, I prefer a well-written plot and compelling characters.

Although it se
This is another book I picked up because of the cover. Also it's set in post-WW2 Europe, a subject I've immersed myself in. This plot has more holes, completely implausible twists, and bad comic book-esque dialogue than some fan fiction I've read. (Sample of actual dialogue: "Thank you, she said." "No, thank you.") Another nitpick: despite the characters coming from different parts of the globe (Poland, England, US, etc.) they all "talk" the same. Characters are supposed to have different voices ...more
This book was amazing and intriguing in some parts, and predictable and completely unrealistic in others. And there was the one little annoyance to me throughout...the author constantly used Marta's falling asleep and then awakening to lapse the time while Marta was travelling, and in a few other circumstances. I don't know why that got on my nerves so much, but it did. I mean really, I would think after all Marta had been through in the Nazi prison camp she wouldn't be able to relax in those ci ...more
I’d read it again–I mean as a “go back in time and make the choice to read it again” but I won’t really re-read it. I’m not sure where I stand on this book overall yet.

The Diplomat’s Wife is an interesting premise, beginning with a story that immediately gets you in the thick of the protagonist’s WWII resistance efforts, arrest, struggle to remain alive, rescue and convalescence. And it makes an admirable transition to love story where you root for her to want to live again. For about the first
Such a great story. The characters were likable. The story sucked me right in. A little bit love story, a little bit spy mission. I got a sneaking sense, fairly early on, about a key factor in the story, which proved correct, but there were at least two twists I never saw coming. This book was easy to read, difficult to put down, sad to see end, and successfully immersed me so well in the story, I would find myself trying to read faster and faster during some the more intense scenes.
This book pretttttttttttty much hit everything on my checklist: women pretty independent*, post-war europe, the rise of communism, SPIES, etc., etc.

*And yeah, I know that someone would argue that Marta's relationship with Simon doesn't fall under the category of "Woman Power", but it's 1945. And it is a CHOICE she makes.

The beginning is fantastic. The end is even better. It's the middle that could have used a little bit more exposition. Marta's relationship with Simon is pretty much glossed over
This is the 2nd instalment of The Kommandant's Girl series. This book focusses on Marta and what happens to her after the war. On the whole this was a good read. I liked that some of the characters from the 1st book featured here and there. I guess the only downside, and the same applies to the 1st book, is that there were several moments where the storyline was far-fetched and way too coincidental. It would have benefited from being structured a little differently too. The ultimate plot is reve ...more
Ok I had to put this down at about page 100. Not sure why I read that far. I liked the general plot but the unimaginative cheesy writing outweighs it. The point at which I quit was when the hero had just been intimate for the first time with his newly betrothed and he exclaims, "Wow." Yup, that's about how the dialogue goes generally.
I really liked this book a lot, and I would give it 4 stars but it had a bit of a Scooby Doo ending for me, stating the obvious in just the last paragraph. Easy read, and I was gripped from the very beginning, a great summer time and fun escape, couldn't put it down, good book club choice! This is the follow up book to The kommandant's Girl.
I guess this book is the sequel to The kommandant's girl but I didn't know that and read it anyway. It is very fast paced but the only thing that really bugs me is that it is highly improbable. The things that happen are so far fetched but still an interesting period piece which I am always a sucker for.
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Bought this with a Borders gift card that a co-worker gave me. I LOVED this book. It's like a roller coaster of emotions. At one point I almost threw the book across the room when I realized what was about to happen in the book. It was exactly how I expected it to be without being too predictable.
If you like spies, mystery, murder, adventure then this book is for you. right after WWII, and the main part of the story is Post War countries being taken over by Russia and communism. Spies being sent into Poland to help out, lies and deceit. Everything that can make a book great.
I rated this book 3.5 stars.

You can read my full review here: http://mysistersbookkeeper.blogspot.c...

I had a hard time getting into this book in the beginning. I felt like the character's emotions and feelings were lacking. Marta is rescued from a Nazi prison camp and she is in terrible condition but yet she seems to recover physically fairly quickly and easily. She has lost everything and everyone and yes, she does talk about where to go next, I just didn't feel it. I couldn't feel the absolut
Julie Mebane
The best book ever!!! Cried so many times a romantic ang historical book my two favorites. EVERYONE READ IT!!!! BEST BOOK EVER READ!!!! READ,READ,READ!!!!
A few too many coincidences, and a little predictable. Though I did like the way the author bridged between the two novels.
I really enjoy Pam Jenoff's writing. Her character development is great and she really pulls me in to her stories and I feel invested in the characters and their lives. I read this after reading The Kommandant's Girl and have to say that I was disappointed in the way she developed Marta as a woman. In the first book she was young and strong and defiant. I felt that although she was still brave some of her strength was gone in this book with too much reliance on a male hero figure... I still enjo ...more
Great author! Come see her at the Mandell JCC on February 26th!
Wow! What a book! The author spends about half the book setting up the plot, so I was not sure if it would pick up the pace later or not. But once it gets going, hold on to your hat! Takes place just as WWII is ending and Russia starts to play the bad guy by trying to take over all the Eastern block countries and install Communism there. The story goes through the British Intelligence community and follows the life of a young Polish woman who was part of the resistance during the war. She had be ...more
Last night, I finished Pam Jenoff's The Diplomat's Wife, and I was completely blown away. I think this was the perfect follow-up book, and I have definitely found myself a new favorite author.
I must admit though, at first I found myself unsure about whether or not I liked this book, but as I got further in, and was carried off and quite surprised by all the twists as it goes on, I ended up loving it.
I don't want to give too much away, so I will give the back cover description, and I will say, th
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Pam Jenoff was born in Maryland and raised outside Philadelphia. She attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and Cambridge University in England. Upon receiving her master’s in history from Cambridge, she accepted an appointment as Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Army. The position provided a unique opportunity to witness and participate in operations at the most senio ...more
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