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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
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Berkley Books
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    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,
    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 ...more
    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 Smiths Joy in the Morning. I loved how Bill and the other men guarded Izzys secret and protected her. This is not exactly a sweet storythe author presents the crudeness of the mens language, terminology, and actions as they might have been. But it is poignant and ...more
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    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 ...more
    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
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
    I received a copy of this book from the goodreads, giveaway. This book is based on two real life people. It takes place in Europe starting at a Czech farm. Isabel is a farm girl helping her mother work on the farm while her father and older brother are taken away during the Holocaust. It is 1944 when a group of prisoners are brought to help tend to the farm. Bill is one of the prisoners. Izabela and Bill quickly fall in love. They secretly marry and are on the run, until they are tracked down ...more
    Jan 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: library
    This book was received as an ARC from Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

    My jaw was wide open throughout the entire book plus if you want to get your heart racing with some historical fiction, this is the book to do it. The story behind Izzy and Bill was so breathtakingly risky that out of all the historical fiction novels I have written focusing on couples and romance, this one really tugged at my heart
    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 theres a knock on the door, its a Nazi Officer they nickname Captain Oily and hes organized prisoners of war to help harvest the families hay. The following morning five POWs along with a guard arrive at the farm, its hard work swinging a scythe and its hot. ...more
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes is a 2020 publications from Penguin Random House LLC Berkley.
    I won this book through Goodreads as an advanced readers copy. I was very excited to get it as WW2 fascinates me and the premise of the story sounded amazing.

    The back cover reads; Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young women deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves. Who wouldn't want to read about
    Feb 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    THE PRISONERS WIFE by Maggie Brooks
    Based on a true story, THE PRISONERS WIFE tells of a Czech farm girl who falls in love with the British POW assigned to work on her familys farm. When it becomes apparent the POWs will be moved to another area, Izabela and Bill decide to marry and then have Izabela pose as a mute British soldier. The privations and terror of prison camps, hard forced labor, fear of discovery and then a forced march ahead of the Russian Army as the Germans face defeat make up
    Beverly Carmichael
    Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book, based on a true story, is truly amazing! I couldn't put it down. It is the story of a married couple captured by Nazi soldiers during WWII. They enter a prisoner of war camp and with the help of a small group of fellow prisoners hide the fact that she is a woman. As they move to a work camp, there is new fear that she will be discovered. At that camp they are forced to break up pieces of granite for grave markers for Nazi soldiers. Then they are forced to march for many days without ...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
    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
    Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
    A young couple take the biggest risk imaginable for love and end up in a series of Nazi POW camps. With a terrible secret that could subject them to the worst of Nazi oppression, the two find a group of friends to help them survive. Author Maggie Brookes puts her documentary expertise to work at the slow-to-start but ultimately gripping novel The Prisoners Wife.

    In Czechoslovakia in 1944, Izabela is restless on her familys farm. The previous year, during their work for the resistance, her father
    Susan McGrath
    Mar 29, 2020 rated it liked it
    I received an Advance Reading Copy of The Prisoners Wife by Maggie Brookes from the publisher (Berkley) in exchange for an honest review. The Prisoners Wife is scheduled for release on May 26, 2020.

    The Prisoners 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 able
    Joseph Reinhart
    Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Prisoner's Wife By: Maggie Brookes The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes

    I received an ARC of this book from Giveaway.......AND I'M SO GLAD I READ IT! This is an honest review from a male point of view who's preferred genre is Urban Fantasy. So I went wayyyy out of my comfort zone of magic and adrenaline induced literacy and I took a leap! Up until now the only other period/historical romance i've loved is Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers and it was my de facto suggestion for a 5 Star romance novel that
    Viviane Crystal
    Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    A Czech farm girl, Isabel, meets a British Prisoner of War, Billy and its love sparked from the first look and touch. Billy is a prisoner and they have to keep their love secret or the German guards would exact a horrible retribution on both of the lovers. Isabels father and brother were taken away by the Germans and she is the only one to help her mother on the farm. Billy begins to help her in so many ways but they know their relationship must change and it cant be in their present conditions. ...more
    Feb 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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    Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
    A copy of this review can be found at Book Ink Reviews.

    Thank you to Netgalley, Maggie Brookes, and Berkley Publishing Group for the free ARC in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed herein are my own.

    I wanted to adore Brookes' The Prisoner's Wife. While a historical fiction in its truest form, she shaped it around true events and was based on a true story told to her by an aging veteran.

    The novel focuses on Izzy. A Czech girl who fell in love with a British soldier during WWII
    Colleen Lahey
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes is an unusual book. There are many true stories available about people who survived the horrible Nazi concentration camps. This one, however, is a unique view of someone who married a British soldier who had been captured and actually joined him in the concentration camp. Brookes does an excellent job describing the various challenges faced by the couple. And what makes it so interesting is that it is based on a true story!

    I rated the book highly because of
    Mar 25, 2020 rated it liked it
    I was randomly selected by Berkley Publishing Group to receive an advanced copy of this book!

    Im a huge historical fiction reader and I knew the moment I read the synopsis of The Prisoners Wife it was going to be a must read for me.
    Although this story itself is incredible, there is a few things I have to critique about the writing and presentation of the story.
    There were spots in the book that felt like unnecessary, boring, filler. Im sure it could be hard or intimidating to fill in large gaps
    Molly Huff
    Feb 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
    "As he drifts to sleep, bill thinks how unfathomable it is that a species that can invent music and feel love can also kill and maim and starve and blackmail each other."
    The Prisoner's Wife comes out this March, and if it's not a movie or a miniseries by this time next year I'll be surprised. This book is going to be a hit. Part 'All the Light We Cannot See', part 'The Boy in the Striped Pajamas', part 'Do the Birds Still Sing in Hell?', and 100% amazing, Maggie Brooks has done something
    Mar 21, 2020 rated it liked it
    Ill be the first to admit that I have read a lot of WWII historical fiction and this is a very different novel from those I have read in the past. I was astonished to read how Maggie Brooks created this storyline and very impressed by her writing.

    While her father and brother are off fighting for the resistance, Izabela and her mother continue farming their land in Czechoslovakia. The Germans supply a small group of British prisoners to work the land; most have no farming skills so Izabela must
    Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    What a story. This is inspired by a true story although the author was never able to find proof it actually happened. I have to say I hope it did. This is a story about a young British soldier in a POW camp that falls in love with a Czech farm girl, and they decide to risk everything by trying to run to safety and a better life. In their youthful exuberance, they really dont think their plan through and wind up living a nightmare after being captured by the Nazis. The young girl, Izzy, pretends ...more
    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 hes 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
    Helen Thompson
    Mar 08, 2020 rated it liked it
    I won this ARC copy from Goodreads. This is historical fiction shaped it around true events and was based on a true story told to her by an aging veteran.

    The novel focuses on Izzy. A Czech girl who fell in love with a British soldier during WWII married him, and while dressed as a man to keep her safe became imprisoned at Lamsdorf with him.

    This tale seemed to lack something. The first part of the novel was instantaneous love. Parts II and III got a bit long and at this point, I found myself not
    Feb 04, 2020 rated it really liked it

    I have to admit I had a hard time getting into this book. I thought the first few chapters of Izzy and Bill's relationship was silly and simplistic and some of the things that happened between them were unnecessary. Once the author got into the meat of the story and the meat of their relationship things changed. This is so much more than a story of two people who literally lived through hell to be with each other. It's also the story of the care and compassion and sacrifices that people made in
    Feb 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The novel begins on a summer day with women left to take care of the farm because their men have been conscripted. A knock on the door reveals a Nazi officer from a nearby POW camp offering men to help with the harvest. A daughter, Izabela, almost 20 years old. A prisoner, Bill, with blonde hair and a captivating grin. And, you can guess the rest. They plight their troth, and run away one lazy afternoon. Soon, they are captured. Too soon.

    Oh, you think you know the next part? You think she pines
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: netgalley
    Thank you to NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group for the opportunity to read an advance copy of The Prisoner's Wife.
    This book was an awesome tribute to the Prisoners of War in WWII, which I genuinely enjoyed reading. I was unable to put the book down.
    The protagonist was Izabela, a 20 year old Czech farm girl who longs for a different life in Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia. When a Nazi guard brings some POWs to the farm to help with the harvest, Isabela falls in love with an English POW named
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    Maggie Brookes is a British ex-journalist and BBC television producer turned poet and novelist.
    The Prisoners 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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