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221. The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff...

December 7, 2009
the diplomat's wifeAbout the book:
How have I been lucky enough to come here, to be alive, when so many others are not? I should have died.... But I am here.

1945. Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets Paul, an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are dashed when Paul's plane crashes.

Devastated and pregnant, Marta marries Simon, a caring British diplomat, and glimpses the joy that home and family can bring. But her happiness is threatened when she learns of a Communist spy in British intelligence, and that the one person who can expose the traitor is connected to her past.

drey's thoughts:
I just finished The Diplomat's Wife. Like, 2 minutes ago. And, whoa. What a story this was. Gripping and suspenseful in parts, languid and romantic in others. You get so caught up in Marta's story that time speeds by and before you know it, it's time for dinner. Or bed. You know what I mean.

Marta's had a hard road to travel, but her strength pulls her through. And you hope that she finds happiness in her life. When she marries Simon, you know she's settling, because what she had with Paul was special, and nobody else could take his place. But up till the point that she's married, I kept hoping that she wouldn't. But I'm just a reader. And Marta needs to do what's right for her. I felt her sadness when she finds that her previously-attentive husband prefers his study to her company. And I felt her determination when she returns to eastern Europe to make contact with the resistance there. And kept my fingers crossed that she would return safe and sound.

Oh, but what surprises await her in Prague. And even more when she returns to London. Read it yourself to find out what they are.

I'd brought home The Kommandant's Girl before, but didn't get around to reading it. Now I'll have to make sure that one gets back on my library list. And no, you don't have to read the prequel before you crack open The Diplomat's Wife.

Title: The Diplomat's Wife
Author: Pam Jenoff
ISBN-10: 0778325121
ISBN-13: 9780778325123
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Mira, 2008

Challenges: 100+, Support Your Local Library

Disclosure: My copy of The Diplomat's Wife finally got read after a long visit from my local library.

7 comments:

Mari said...

I read this last month and really enjoyed it - after sitting on my book shelf for almost a year... I wish I took time to read this when it first arrived.

Great Review!

bermudaonion said...

This sounds marvelous! I'm adding it to my wish list.

drey said...

Mari~ I'd seen this around a while ago, and thought, that looks cool. But never did anything about it. I am so glad I got it from the library, and I am definitely glad I read it. =)

Kathy~ Yes, add it to your wish list! =)

Anna said...

I loved this book, too, as well as "The Kommandant's Girl." I hope you get to read that one soon.

I hope it's okay that I linked to your review on War Through the Generations.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric

Beth(bookaholicmom) said...

I enjoyed both The Kommandant's Girl and The Diplomat's Wife. A friend recommended them and I was pleasantly surprised at how good they are seeing I hadn't heard of them before. They are both really good books.

enyl said...

Ever since I introded Cleopatra's Daughter and The Heretic to my students they have been fsascinated with historical literature, a historical espoinage thriller would make a great adddition to my classroom library.
enyl(at)inbox(dot)com

drey said...

Anna~ Link away! Thank you!

Beth~ I so need to pick up The Kommandant's Girl again then.

enyl~ I really want to read those. They're in my TBR.

Thank you, for stopping by to comment. I'm trying to make it a point to respond, even if I'm slow with it. =)

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