The Prisoner's Wife
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 ...more
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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, ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
In Czechoslovakia in 1944, Izabela is restless on her familys farm. The previous year, during their work for the resistance, her father ...more
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 ...more
I received an ARC of this book from GoodReads.com 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 ...more
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 ...more
I rated the book highly because of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Oh, you think you know the next part? You think she pines ...more
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 ...more
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.
The Prisoners Wife is due to be published by ...more