The Soldier's Wife

By Margaret Leroy (Trade Paperback, 2011)
A novel full of grand passion and intensity, The Soldier's Wife asks "What would you do for your family?", "What should you do for a stranger?", and "What would you do for love?"

As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship--and her family--safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.

Includes a reading group guide for book clubs.
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    • Format: Trade Paperback

    • Price: $15.00 US/$17.00 CAN

    • ISBN-13: 9781401341701

    • On Sale Date: 06/28/2011

    • Publisher: Hyperion

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A novel full of grand passion and intensity, The Soldier's Wife asks "What would you do for your family?", "What should you do for a stranger?", and "What would you do for love?"

As World War II draws closer and closer to Guernsey, Vivienne de la Mare knows that there will be sacrifices to be made. Not just for herself, but for her two young daughters and for her mother-in-law, for whom she cares while her husband is away fighting. What she does not expect is that she will fall in love with one of the enigmatic German soldiers who take up residence in the house next door to her home. As their relationship intensifies, so do the pressures on Vivienne. Food and resources grow scant, and the restrictions placed upon the residents of the island grow with each passing week. Though Vivienne knows the perils of her love affair with Gunther, she believes that she can keep their relationship--and her family--safe. But when she becomes aware of the full brutality of the Occupation, she must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger.

Includes a reading group guide for book clubs.

Margaret Leroy studied music at Oxford and has been a music therapist, play leader, shop assistant, and social worker. For fifteen years she has worked as a social worker and counselor, specializing in marital therapy and child protection. Her books have been published in nine languages, and her first novel, Trust, has been translated into five languages and was broadcast in February 2003 as a Granada TV drama.
  • "Margaret Leroy writes like a dream." (Tony Parsons, author of Man and Boy).

  • PRAISE FOR THE RIVER HOUSE

    "In some ways 'The River House' reads like a suspense novel written by Richard Yates. Leroy handles marriage and domestic life with the same graceful, precise, rueful style as the late novelist did, though with a warmer, more hopeful intelligence... Leroy elucidates Ginnie's moral conundrum beautifully. Although there is never much doubt as to what Ginnie will do, it's how she does it that provides considerable suspense." (Richard Lipez: Washington Post).

  • "Margaret Leroy writes with candor and intelligence, capturing the menace of suddenly finding that the world may not be at all as you've thought it." (Helen Dunmore).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "A sincere and emotive story that will capture you from the very first page. Prepare to fall in love with these characters as you join them on a haunting journey to discover the shocking truth about the past." (Alison Kerridge www.waterstones.com).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "Margaret Leroy's eerily lovely novel is one of those rare books that you'll sit with till your bones ache. The mystery of why 4-year-old Sylvie longs to return to a house she has never seen, a family she has never known, takes this peculiar child, her anxious single mother, and a romantically scruffy psychologist onto the windswept beaches of a tiny coastal Irish village - a setting as enchantingly perilous as childhood itself." (Oprah's Book Club: 25 Books You Can't Put Down).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "A poignant ghost story about a little girl who remembers another life and tortures her frantic mother by hinting at the dangers it still holds. Ms Leroy is an evocative writer who expertly conjures up the cloud of fear enveloping a mother struggling to reach her child and realizing that she is trying to understand the incomprehensible." (Washington Times).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "Heavy with atmosphere and rich in detail, Leroy's prose lures readers into a disturbing murder mystery. Her characters are as realistic and intriguing as her locales in England and Ireland." (Publishers Weekly).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "This is a really special book. Sylvie's vulnerability is so powerfully drawn, so flesh-and-blood real, that you want to reach into the pages and protect her yourself." (Louise Candlish).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "The most angelically written and chilling novel about murder and reincarnation and haunted little girls." (Jenny Davidson, www.therumpus.net).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "A great read, a well thought-out plot with a good build to the final crisis." (www.lovereading.co.uk. A May 2009 Book of the Month.).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "Engrossing, almost chilling, and yet a joyous story... For literary readers who like a touch of the other-worldly Rebecca in their reading." (Cleveland Plain Dealer).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "Leroy has a lovely way with words and characters... This is fine fiction." (kentmom at www.epinions.com).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "The combination of mystery, ghost story and the dilemma for poor Grace makes for an utterly compelling read. It's the sort of page-turner that keeps you up all night, or makes you hope for an all-stations train instead of an express." (Sarah Minns: Good Reading magazine).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "If ever there was a page-turner, The Drowning Girl is it. Chilling yet completely engaging, it holds the attention right to the very end... If the definition of a perfect summer read is a book that will engross you from beginning to end, taking you to a place you've never been before, the Drowning Girl is it. Margaret Leroy has succeeded in creating characters you'll feel deeply for and a plot that will give you shivers up your spine." (The Clare People).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "Leroy's words entice readers into a nonstop and exciting murder mystery." (Feminist Review).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "I was drawn in to the story from the start - and the many twists and turns make it a satisfying read. For my UK readers you will understand when I say this would make a perfect ITV drama mini-series!" (www.clareswindlehurst com).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "I'm sifting through a few books for a Mother's Day-themed review round-up The stunner of the pack so far has been Margaret Leroy's Yes, My Darling Daughter, a haunting tale the publisher had the audacity to suggest was a modern Rebecca. Well, it is." (Diane Stresing, www.dianestresingreadsnwrites.blogspot.com).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "A stunning, engaging and enlightening tale of motherly love... Gothic fiction at its best." (Katherine Bailey: Minneapolis Star Tribune).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "I've rarely read such an accurate and touching account of what it's like to be in charge of a child whom you love but cannot really understand. The reason for this lack of understanding is spooky and Leroy does the spookiness brilliantly. This is a really enjoyable book and perfect holiday reading." (Adele Geras, www.awfullybigblogadventure.blogspot.com).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "Are there children who remember their past lives when they are born? I think it is an intriguing thought, and I like the way Margaret Leroy approaches this subject, taking a 'mother suspense' and giving it a modern Gothic twist. Once again, Margaret Leroy has written an unusual book which I truly enjoyed." (Judi Clark, www.mostlyfiction.com).

  • PRAISE FOR YES, MY DARLING DAUGHTER

    "Narrated fluidly by Grace, Yes, My Darling Daughter is a charming page-turner. It is Margaret Leroy's fifth novel, and clearly the work of an accomplished writer - a haunting book and a tantalizing read." (www.projo.com website of The Providence Journal).

  • PRAISE FOR THE RIVER HOUSE

    "English writer Leroy's serious, delicately composed second novel (after 'Postcards from Berlin', 2003) presents an unhappy London wife and mother with a moral dilemma... Leroy delineates Ginnie's diffidence in a deliberately hypnotic, masterly fashion. Her quiet, self-assured narrative voice delivers tremendous psychological depth and emotional resonance." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • PRAISE FOR THE RIVER HOUSE

    "To saints and altruists, perhaps, the question of doing the right thing is never a difficult choice. For the rest of us, however, such black-and-white situations are often more familiarly cast in myriad shades of gray. Such an intricate moral conundrum lies at the core of Leroy's cautionary tale of desire and passion versus responsibility and loyalty, in which a middle-aged wife and mother jeopardizes her family's security when she enters into a furtive love affair... Leroy's sensuously ethereal, subtly electric drama discerningly probes the affective fragility of a woman struggling to preserve all she holds dear, without losing herself in the process." (Carol Haggas: Booklist).

  • PRAISE FOR THE RIVER HOUSE

    "She nimbly searches the psyches of her characters and creates a suspenseful clincher that is very well done... The gifted author not only handles every part of the story with a deft touch, she also challenges the reader." (Dennis Lythgoe: Deseret Morning News).

  • PRAISE FOR THE RIVER HOUSE

    "While we never really doubt what Ginnie will decide to do, what's so arresting is how she comes to it, all slowly revealed in Leroy's hypnotic prose... Ginnie and Will are midlife lovers who understand how rare a thing happiness might be for them, and what it might cost. 'We all have something unsatisfied in us,' one character says, and it's what these characters do about that sentiment, those moral choices, that give the novel its page-turning momentum and suspense." (Caroline Leavitt: Boston Globe).

  • PRAISE FOR THE RIVER HOUSE

    "Chillingly real." (Publishers Weekly).

  • PRAISE FOR POSTCARDS FROM BERLIN

    "Written with a wonderfully convincing authority... The resolution of Leroy's novel has a fairy-tale aspect, but fairy tales can be very absorbing. I was eager to find out what happened next. I dreaded the worst and I hoped for the best - and I won't tell you which happens." (Margot Livesey: New York Times).

  • PRAISE FOR POSTCARDS FROM BERLIN

    "Written with the intense pace of a thriller and the brooding concealment of a mystery novel... Leroy ultimately plumbs the complicated depths of motherly instinct to deliver a novel of great suspense." (Andrea Hoag: Minneapolis Star Tribune).

  • PRAISE FOR POSTCARDS FROM BERLIN

    "As Cat becomes ever more driven, Leroy gives her daily life a lurking undertone of menace that adds an element of psychological mystery .... creating delicious uncertainty about the heroine." (Kirkus Reviews).

  • PRAISE FOR POSTCARDS FROM BERLIN

    "The novel reads like a thriller and is brilliant at portraying the slow, steady disintegration of a seemingly ordinary life when secrets are unearthed and dark suspicions spread." (Michael Shelden: Baltimore Sun).

  • "What a storyteller Leroy is, and what an eye she has for contemporary life, not just the horror of it, but the beauty as well." (Fay Weldon).

  • "With its stunning and evocative description of the Guernsey landscape, its subtle and astute depiction of a woman's relationship with her children, her lover, and her husband, this absorbing novel is utterly beguiling." (Rosamund Lupton, author of Sister).

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  • Publisher: Hyperion
  • Price: $15.00 US/$17.00 CAN
  • Pages: 416
  • Physical Dimensions: 5-3/16" x 8"
  • Audio Run Time: 0
  • ISBN-13: 9781401341701
  • On Sale Date: 06/28/2011