Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Wednesday's Favorites: The Soldier's Wife by Pamela Hart

Welcome to the Wednesday's Favorites post. In the Wednesday's Favorites post I will talk about a book I loved and that I think deserves a little more attention. I read popular books, but also many books that aren’t so popular (yet). In this post all sorts of books from all sorts of genre’s will have a chance to shine. Today’s Wednesday's Favorites is 'The Soldiers Wife' by Pamela Hart, a book I read in October 2015.

About the Book:
Inspired by the true story of the author's own family history, The Soldier's Wife is a heart-soaring story of passion, love and loss and learning how to live when all you hold dear is threatened.

It is 1915 and the world is being torn apart, but newlyweds Ruby and Jimmy Hawkins are sure their love will survive the trauma and tragedy of war. Sent away to fight in the desperate battles raging in Gallipoli, Jimmy plans for the future they promised each other and struggles to keep his dreams whole amidst the brutality of the trenches.

Back home in Sydney, Ruby reads his romantic letters, full of longing. But as weeks slip into months she is forced to forge her own life. A new job throws her into a man's world fraught with complications and as the lives of those around her begin to shatter, a powerful new attraction beckons. Realising she must change to truly find her way, Ruby discovers her own strength and independence - but will the price be her marriage?

The Facts:

Publication Date:
April 28th, 2015
Historical Fiction
eBook, Paperback
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Praise for 'The Soldier's Wife':

The Soldier’s Wife is a story of grief and love and hope. The characters stayed with me when I wasn’t reading and I found myself thinking of the book often, and on more than just the storyline – it raised questions on what happened to the lives left behind when the men went to war, the courage it took to get through, and what it means to come back home.

All in all, The Soldier's Wife was an interesting read. It gives a new point of view of WWII we are not familiar with and it has a strong main female character that makes you want to keep reading.

This novel helps a reader truly understand how WWI affected the lives of every man and woman at the time, in large ways, and in small unconsidered ways. I'm really impressed by this novel, and will happily recommend it.

‘The Soldier’s Wife’ is definitely a book I will remember. It’s so beautiful!! I loved the way Ruby fought for herself and how she conquered all odds in a men’s world who really didn’t want her there. While reading this book I felt like I was standing right next to Ruby and fighting beside her. Fighting off all those prejudices and old habits.

About the Author:

Pamela Hart is an award-winning author for both adults and children. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney, where she has also lectured in creative writing.
Under the name Pamela Freeman she wrote the historical novel ‘The Black Dress’, which won
the NSW Premier's History Prize for 2006 and is now in its third edition.
Pamela is also well known for her fantasy novels for adults, published by Orbit worldwide, the Castings Trilogy and her Aurealis Award-winning novel ‘Ember and Ash’. Pamela lives in Sydney with her husband and their son, and teaches at the Australian Writers' Centre. ‘The Soldier’s Wife’ is her twenty-eighth book.
For more information about Pamela Hart and her books please visit her website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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