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The Prisoner’s Wife by Maggie Brookes

The Book  ✯✯✯ 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 married him, and while dressed as a man to keep her safe became imprisoned at Lamsdorf with him. A harrowing tale, right? Except that it just seemed to lack something. The first part of the novel was instantaneous love. And I mean instant. Parts II and III got a bit long and at this point, I found myself not really wanting to pick it back up. But little parts stick out. How men help a young bride hide her period from Nazi guards. How men shield her so she can bathe. How men help her from rape. How men banded together--their only goal to keep her safe in a world where she was anything but and to sacrifice their own lives for it if necessary. Part IV was brilliant.

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