Tuesday, May 26, 2020

MF - WAR NOVEL - The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes

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 and wife evade capture for as long as possible--until they are cornered by Nazi soldiers with tracking dogs.

Izzy's disguise works. The couple are assumed to be escaped British soldiers and transported to a POW camp. However, their ordeal has just begun, as they face appalling living conditions and the constant fear of Izzy's exposure. But in the midst of danger and deprivation comes hope, for the young couple are befriended by a small group of fellow prisoners. These men become their new family, willing to jeopardize their lives to save Izzy from being discovered and shot.

The Prisoner's Wife tells of an incredible risk, and of how our deepest bonds are tested in desperate times. Bill and Izzy's story is one of love and survival against the darkest odds.

My Rating - 5 Stars!

The Prisoner's Wife is a thrilling historical novel by Maggie Brookes.

Izzy and Bill meet during the war. What follows is a harrowing story of their strength and survival during a time that could have easily broke them. Not only does Izzy need to hide that she's a female, they have to survive abusive guards, abusive prisoners, attacks, and brutal conditions throughout the rest of the war. 

The author easily captures the feel and tone of the time period, as well as the atmospheric conditions of the setting. 

Izzy and Bill are true survivors, and their fictional story, although based on a fictionalized version of reality, is easily believed. 

The Prisoner's Wife is a riveting novel. Maggie Brookes will have you fully engrossed early on, unable to stop thinking about this couple and everything the have to endure. I highly recommend this. 


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