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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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 PRISONER’S WIFE tells of a Czech farm girl who falls in love with the British POW assigned to work on her family’s farm. When it becomes apparent the POW’s 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 German’s face defeat make ...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 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
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
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
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
I have read a lot of war books regarding WWII lately and honestly, to say I liked this one more than others is not something any one should say. With that being said, war in itself is a true debasing of a person's character, what a person is pushed to do all to make it to see another day is painful to read let alone actually experience it. Izabela and her soldier Bill push them through some extremely harrowing moments all in the name of love and survival. I honestly cannot ...more
WOW. What an amazing book.
This is the story of Izzy a Czech farm girl who falls in love with a British POW, Bill who is sent to her farm on a POW work camp assignment. They secretly marry and Bill brings her back with him to the POW work camp. Izzy is disguised as a young solider. They manage to hide her identity as a woman with the help of several prisoners. The hardships that she faces are incredible and her survival is unbelievable. ...more
Thank you to BookBrowse for the ARC of the Prisoner's Wife, by author Maggie Brookes. I've read my share of novels set during WWII, but this one had a storyline that was unique to me. A newly married couple, the wife disguised as a man, trying to survive in a POW camp. Enduring extreme hunger, cruelty, horrific weather, and filthy conditions, it's hard to imagine what people endured, yet found the courage to persevere and help each other.
The subject matter may be difficult for some to read.
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.
The Prisoner’s Wife is due to be published ...more