Mar 01, 12
Mendy, Sharon and Kelly
Read from February 28 to March 29, 2012
I could not put this one down. The novel centers around a small village in Hungary in pre-World War 1 and the bonds formed by the wives who are left behind when the husbands are called off to War. On the surface it reminded me of how military wives bond and help one another during deployments but it stopped there, lol. However, nothing can compare to the hardships and abuses these women endured during this time period when myths and superstitions were rampant and how women were treated in that time period by men. The main character in the novel a teenager, Sari, is considered an outcast due to the superstitions and gossip of the village until the men are all called off to war. She then forms strong bonds with the other women and gains their respect for her abilities to become a healer with the help of an older lady who is the village mid-wife. All goes well until Sari's fiances' house is turned into a place to house italian prisoners captured in the war. Needless to say the women of the village find that having the prisoners brings them excitement and great pleasures they had never had before as well as work and food and help in making their lives more bearable. The novel does get deliciously naughty in parts, lol. The women take things into their own hands when their husbands and fiances return from war and the abuses are more severe due to the psychological state of the men returning from war. Sari and the midwife set in motion a shocking chain of events in order to cope and survive. I dont want to spoil it any further so i wont say more other than this was a great book! It was based on actual events in a small Hungarian village pre-World War 1 which makes it even more interesting to read.