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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
Expected publication: May 26th 2020 by Berkley Books
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    I cannot wait to start it!!

    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
    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
    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
    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 PRISONER’S WIFE by Maggie Brooks
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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
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    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
    Feb 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Sacrifices for Love
    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
    Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    This is a fictional story that is inspired by a real life story. I enjoy historical fiction books, particularly ones set during WWII. I enjoyed this book and following Bill and Izzy's story as they are imprisoned in a POW camp. You can't help but fear for Izzy's safety as she disguises herself as a man so she can stay with her husband Bill. Izzy tries hard to contain her secret and has the help of her husband and a handful of fellow prisoners who help to protect Izzy. Izzy and Bill face many ...more
    Karen J
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you Net Galley for the ARC of The Prisoner's Wife.

    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.
    Jan 21, 2020 rated it liked it
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    Cheryl Sadler
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it

    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.
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    The Prisoner's Wife is work of fiction based on a true story told to the author by a survivor of a POW camp in WWII of how a Czech woman survived as a POW along with her British husband. Intrigued by the story, the author researched WWII POW experiences to write this novel. She brilliantly creates a story that is spell-binding, realistic and captivating. You are carried along with as the woman, Izzy, and her husband, Bill, meet men who keep her secret safe and in so doing become her friends. The ...more
    Judi Ross
    Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Set against the backdrop of war, in the most devastating and dire conditions, mistreatment by sadistic guards, harsh weather and near starvation, Maggie Brooks tells a love story of maximum proportion. It is almost unbelievable, yet, this novel is based on a true story. To support this love story, Brooks conducted thorough research through interviews, documents, visits and tours to give us another World War II story from yet another perspective. Bill is a British POW and meets a young ...more
    Karen Troutman
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
    The Prisoner's Wife was an engaging yet horrifying book. It is based on a true story and this made it even more jaw opening. I would recommend this book for romance and historical fiction readers.
    Thanks to Net galley for the ARC of this book.
    Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    This book was a page-turner, could not put it down. I cared deeply about the fate of each character. With WWII raging in Europe, this story tells of a young Czech girl falling in love with a handsome British soldier. They faced unimaginable hardships. Eventually, they were captured by the Nazis and placed in a POW camp. The constant threats, malnutrition, and deprivation they endured were horrific. This is a story of survival and love.

    The subject matter may be difficult for some to read.

    Sondra Smith
    Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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    I’m not very good at reviews. I loved this book. It is an eye opening book about what one brave woman did during World War II to be with the man she loved. The hardships they both endured.
    Cammy Lowe
    Feb 12, 2020 rated it liked it
    3.5 reviewed it for Goodreads. Most gave it a 4-5. I couldn’t get into it. Never connected with Izzy.
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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.
    The Prisoner’s Wife is due to be published