Sunday, August 19, 2012

Book Review - The Soldier's Wife

The Soldier's WifeThe Soldier's Wife by Joanna Trollope

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The inner workings of a British soldiers' family are on display in this very insightful story. Dan is home from from Afghanistan, at least physically, although his emotions are still very much with his men as he seeks to assist them in acclimating back to their home life. Wife Alexa and three daughters are left to continue on their own, as Dan cannot seem to reconnect as needed.

The couples' parents and grandparents give the family lots of space at first, but then combine to offer their support and help when they realize life is not all it should be.

Alexa is a strong woman who loves her husband and children deeply, but who would still like to use her life skills in another career. This seems impossible due to the demands of an Army life.

After weeks of turmoil, the couple finally come to some conclusions about their lives and what is most important to both of them.

Trollope always writes within her characters a full range of emotions and her stories are compelling. I learned so much about how the lives on both sides of the equation of military life are affected from wartime and all the baggage it brings with it.

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