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The Prisoner's Wife

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Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves.

In the dead of night, a Czech farm girl and a British soldier travel through the countryside. Izabela and prisoner of war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, with Izzy dressed as a man. The young husband
Paperback, 400 pages
Published May 26th 2020 by Berkley Books
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I started to read this book with very high hopes but it wasn't long before that hope was dashed. It's hard to get into a book when you don't connect or care for any of the characters. Both Izzy and Bill came across as immature and selfish. They both say they love and want to protect each other but their decision making constantly puts one another in danger. Then a few paragraphs later they act shocked that either of them could die as a consequence of their decisions. They never seemed to think t ...more
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
May 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Bill is an escaped prisoner of war and British. Izabela is Czech. The two are married and on the run.

Izzy dresses as a man to draw less attention to herself, and they are successful for a time until the Nazis ultimately catch up to them.

Izzy and Bill are taken to a POW camp, with Izzy still in disguise. They are constantly afraid, and the camp is disgusting and dangerous. The silver lining? The couple make friends with the other prisoners who work to keep them all safe.

The Prisoner’s Wife is bas
Mar 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I haven't read any historical fiction books in quite some time (especially WWII books, as they all start to blend together after awhile), but The Prisoner's Wife was a great book to remind me why I really do love this genre.

The storyline, which is based on a true story, centers around Izzy, a Czech farm girl, and Bill, a British POW who comes to work on her family's farm. They fall in love and secretly marry when her mother is out of town. Izzy refuses to leave Bill, so in order to be together,
Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)
Izzy works on the family farm with her mother during World War 2. Their life in Czechoslovakia has been tough since her father and older brother joined the resistance leaving them unable to tend their crops. Izzy yearns to be with people her own age and dreams of a romance that she is unlikely to experience. She meets Bill, a British prisoner of war when he is assigned to work on her farm. Bill teaches her English and eventually they fall in love. This unlikely couple secretly marries and they b ...more
Karren  Sandercock
In 1944, Izabela is living on the family farm in Vrazne in Czechoslovakia, with her mother and little brother Marek. Her father has left the farm with her older brother Jan and are both fighting with the Czechoslovakia resistance. One day there’s a knock on the door, it’s a Nazi Officer they nickname Captain Oily and he’s organized prisoners of war to help harvest the families hay. The following morning five POW’s along with a guard arrive at the farm, its hard work swinging a scythe and it’s ho ...more
Made it up to was dreadful.....
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Izabela and Bill were destined to meet, but did Izabela realize what she was getting herself and Bill into when she rushed the marriage and escaped the farm she had known for her entire life?

Izabela immediately fell in love with Bill when she saw him in a group of British prisoners who came to help on the farm during WWII.

Her plans were to marry Bill, find her father and brother, and join the resistance, but the Germans had other plans for them.

We follow Izzy and Bill as they escape the farm, t
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Every once in awhile you stumble upon a book that is rich in history, so much so that sometimes, it will take your very breath away. Sometimes it steals that breath because of how beautiful it is and sometimes because of how very sad and horrifying and raw and true it is. In the case of The Prisoner's Wife, it was for all of these reasons.

This book horrified me. It made me cringe, it made me suffer right along with it's heartbreakingly real characters that were so real and lovable and full of l
Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
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I thought that this book was really well done. I enjoy historical fiction every once in a while and stories set during World War II really appeal to me. I am always on the lookout for something a little different and the premise of this story grabbed me right away. I love the fact that this book is based on a true story and was eager to see how a woman was able to hide within a PoW camp. Once I picked up this book, I was hooked right
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
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4.5 stars ✨

The Prisoner’s Wife was inspired by a true story–and a shocking one at that. The story centers around Izzy, a Czech farm girl, and Bill, a British prisoner of war. After falling in love and secretly marrying, Izzy dresses as a boy and the two run away together, full of desperation and hope, but are found by the Germans and sent back to Lamsdorf, a German POW camp. Now they face an even greater ord
Rachel McMillan
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
OH MY EVER-LOVING WORD! This book had been on my radar for awhile: especially because I love established romances and how couples find their way out of situations. But I confess, I was thinking about *when* the right time would be to read it. That's a delicate balance for a reader. I often know that the book has its optimum effect when it intercepts me at the right moment. The right book at the wrong time can be a disaster. And in the middle of a pandemic and deadline when tension is high? Well, ...more
Nov 04, 2020 rated it liked it
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The subject matter of Maggie Brookes' The Prisoner's Wife drew my attention the moment I stumbled across it. I expected the narrative to be stark, but few authors of my experience have tackled WWII POW camps, and I couldn't help being intrigued by the thoughts and experiences of those imprisoned in these facilities.

The Prisoner's Wife is Brookes' debut fiction and while I loved the author's decision to write about largely o
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read and Maggie Brookes’ The Prisoner’s Wife is a great one. I was immersed in the characters love, risks, and determination from the beginning. I appreciate the research involved in the novel but was hoping for more facts than fiction. I hope on day we learn about Izzy’s and Bill’s real story.
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I began reading this book, I thought the story could not possibly be believable. Yet the writing grabbed me and I could not put the book down. I wanted to know what happened to the characters- would they survive? If they did survive, how would they do so? Knowing that the author based the book on details she had learned from a WWII survivor helped suspend some of my initial disbelief. The author's research was apparent in the historical accuracy. The Prisoner's Wife is good historical ficti ...more
Kori Sulewski (korireads)
When I first read the synopsis of this, I was a little bit uncertain that the story would turn out to be believable but oh my goodness, it was! I was completely hooked from page one.

It tells the story of a Czech farm girl (Izzy) and British prisoner (Bill) during WWII who fall in love, run away together, and then are caught by Nazis and transferred to a Nazi POW camp. The catch? Izzy is dressed as a boy and has to keep her disguise hidden for months amidst truly horrifying camp conditions. I wa
I won this book on a Goodreads first reads giveaway.

I don't know what to say, other than I guess this wasn't my cup of tea.

Can a story really claim to be "inspired by a true story" if there's no proof the two main characters actually existed except in the hearsay of an old solider, who can't even remember either of their names?

Another problem, and probably my biggest, is that I didn't care at all for Izzy. For a 20 year old girl that grew up in that time period and on a farm where maturity and
Cassie-Traveling Sister-
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I honestly cannot believe this is a true story! It was gripping from page one! Izzy whose a twenty year old Czech girl , is working on her family farm with her mother,When they get a knock on their door. A Nazi Officer who runs a POW camp and he’s offering the prisoners to help with their harvest. Izzy immediately falls in love with Bill whose one of the nazi POW prisoners. Soon their plotting to get him out of the POW camp and they get married in secret. Part of their escape Izzy cuts her hair ...more
★★★★ 4.5 stars

I have read many books set in Europe during WW2, usually of the Jewish ghetto and concentration camps, but this one is something completely different. THE PRISONER'S WIFE is just that...the story of a prisoner of war's wife...but not in the way you would expect it.

June 1944: Izzy (Izabela) is 20 year old woman living and working on the family farm in Czechoslovakia alongside her mother. Her father and older brother Jan left at the beginning of the war to join the Resistance, leavin
Sherwood Smith
Though I've read a great deal of history, there are some periods about which I tend to shy away from fiction, among them World Wars I and II. The marketing material accompanying this novel emphasized how it was based on a true story, so I assayed it.

I'm not sorry. Once we got past the early portion, in which teenage Izzy, living on a Czech farm during occupation, falls in lust, er, love, with English POW Bill and marries him out of hand, the novel becomes really absorbing. The two take off, are
Lis Carey
May 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is based on a true story from World War II, as improbable as it seems.

It's 1944, and Izabella is a twenty-year-old farm girl. Her father and older brother have joined the partisans; Izzy, her mother, and her younger brother, Marek,are left alone on the farm.

Izzy's mother, fortunately, was always the farmer in the family; it's her family's farm, and Izzy's father was a musician. But with only Izzy and her mother to do the heavy work, it is a struggle. When Nazi officer Captain Meier shows up
An exciting tale of love and survival amidst horrible circumstances. At the center of this page-turner is the pure-hearted, resilient Izzy, a stubborn, wise, yet innocent character, who strongly brought to mind Annie from Betty Smith’s Joy in the Morning. I loved how Bill and the other men guarded Izzy’s secret and protected her. This is not exactly a sweet story—the author presents the crudeness of the men’s language, terminology, and actions as they might have been. But it is poignant and vict ...more
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Linda Zagon
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Linda' Book Obsession Reviews "The Prisoner's Wife: by Maggie Brookes, Berkley Publishing, May 2020

Maggie Brookes, Author of "The Prisoner's Wife" has written a unique, memorable, poignant, intense, captivating, and riveting novel. The Genres for this Novel are Historical Fiction and Fiction. The author is basing this novel on a true story, and using poetic license, filling in certain fictional details. The timeline for this story is during World War Two. The story begins in Czechoslovakia and g
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Suzanne (The Bookish Libra)
May 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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A heartbreaking story of how far a woman will go to be with the man she loves during one of the darkest and most vile times in human history, World War II as the Nazis mow down and capture warriors and innocents alike, sending them to the hell of POW camps.

Fiction based on a true story of one young woman’s deception and those around her who helped keep her alive as she poses as a man to be with her soldier husband. THE PRISONER’S WIFE by Maggie Brookes is a testament to the power of love and det
Susan McGrath
Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an Advance Reading Copy of The Prisoner’s Wife by Maggie Brookes from the publisher (Berkley) in exchange for an honest review. The Prisoner’s Wife is scheduled for release on May 26, 2020.

The Prisoner’s Wife is a novel inspired by a true story. Brookes states in her note at the end of the book that while talking to an English POW during WWII, he told her about a woman who had hidden in their midst, in order to be with her husband. While Brookes did additional research, she was not ab
May 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Wow. I wasn't sure at first how I felt about this book. But by the end, I can't deny that I was captivated, completely sucked into the story.

Izzy is a Czech farm girl in 1945 and a group of British soldiers are on work detail helping on the farm. She falls in love with a handsome soldier and decides to risk running off with him rather than wait to see if he returns after the war. They are captured soon after they are married, and in order to stay together, Izzy disguises herself as a man.

This b
During World War II, farm girl Izabela falls for British prisoner of war, Bill. Married in secret, they are captured while trying to evade the Nazis. Will Izzy be able to conceal her true identity even while being held as a POW?

"For Bill, Izzy was some kind of miracle, a bright flower growing out of concrete, unexpected and unimagined."

Inspired by true events, this was a heartfelt debut about the will to survive ... and the power of love! Even though this tale was harsh and heartbreaking at time
Sally Lindsay-briggs
Jan 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This should have received more than 5 stars. A very intriguing, gritty, and poignant story of two people who loved each other so much that Izzy was willing to run away from home. She and her newly married husband (who is a British P.O.W.) escape. Their capture and harrowing life (Izzy has to be a mute man so she won't be discovered) are based on a true story. They portray the unspeakable and horrible conditions in Hitler's WWII labor camps. The book is almost impossible to stop reading. Bravo Ma ...more
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Maggie Brookes is a British ex-journalist and BBC television producer turned poet and novelist.
The Prisoner’s Wife is based on an extraordinary true story of love and courage, told to her by an ex-WW2 prisoner of war. Maggie visited the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany as part of her research for the book, learning largely forgotten aspects of the war.
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