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The Soldier's Wife

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The "brilliant, mesmerizing storyteller" (The Washington Post) Joanna Trollope illuminates an experience shared by millions of people: a soldier's return to family life causes three generations of a family to struggle with the impact of war on their relationships. WHAT HAPPENS WHEN LOVE AND DUTY COLLIDE? DAN RILEY IS A MAJOR IN THE BRITISH ARMY. After a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. He's up for promotion and his ex-Army grandfather and father couldn't be prouder. The Rileys are united in support of Dan's passion for his career. But are they really? His wife, Alexa, has been offered a good teaching job she can't take because the Army may move the family at any time. Her daughter Isabel hates her boarding school--the only good educational option for Army families--and starts running away. And Dan spends all his time on the base, unable to break the strong bonds forged with his friends in battle. Soon everyone who knows the Rileys is trying to help them save their marriage, but it's up to Alexa to decide if she can sacrifice her needs and those of her family to support Dan's commitment to his work. With her trademark intelligence and grace, Joanna Trollope illuminates the complexities of modern life in this story of a family striving to balance duty and ambition.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 302 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 22mm | 281.23g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Original ed.
  • 1451672519
  • 9781451672510
  • 103,786

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"With her stories about the tensions of middle-class families, Trollope consistently picks women's-page issues. In The Soldier's Wife, she continues to explore the power balance in relationships and whether it's possible to be happy if we subjugate our desires to someone else. "--The Independent (UK)show more

About Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope is the number one internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels, including Daughters-in-Law and The Other Family. She was awarded the OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honors List for services to literature. She lives in England.show more

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I was looking forward to the book as someone who enjoys Joanna Trollope's books but found it deeply unsatisfying as an army wife. Big issues skimmed over, little attention paid to detail, ends all tied off a bit too neatly, a lot made of the contemporary blended family challenges existing in any occupation, and very little about the difficulty of re-integration and its pitfalls. For someone on the outside this offers a simplistic entree into what is a far more complex world; for the officer's wife this aims to portray it might be best to avoid.show more
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