The Soldier’s Wife by Pamela Hart book review


The Soldier’s Wife by Pamela Hart, publisher Piatkus, is available now in ebook and paperback format.

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It is 1915 and the world is being torn apart, but newlyweds Ruby and Jimmy Hawkins are sure their love will survive the trauma and tragedy of war. Sent away to fight in the desperate battles raging in Gallipoli, Jimmy plans for the future they promised each other and struggles to keep his dreams whole amidst the brutality of the trenches.

Back home in Sydney, Ruby reads his romantic letters, full of longing. But as weeks slip into months she is forced to forge her own life. A new job throws her into a man’s world fraught with complications and as the lives of those around her begin to shatter, a powerful new attraction beckons. Realising she must change to truly find her way, Ruby discovers her own strength and independence – but will the price be her marriage?

An unforgettable love affair set during WW1 and inspired by the true story of the author’s own family history, The Soldier’s Wife is a heart-soaring saga of passion, loss and learning how to live when all you hold dear is threatened.

Poppy thank youI’d like to thank the publishers for an arc in return for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this beautiful wartime romantic saga, it pulled at my heart strings many a time.  I was desperate to finish this novel as I wanted to learn how the story unfolded for Ruby and Jimmy.  The story was inspired by the history of Pamela Hart’s family.

It’s the summer of 1915 Sydney, Australia, newlyweds Ruby and Jimmy Hawkins have to cut short their honeymoon as Jimmy enlists for war duty.  Ruby is left alone in a strange city to cope with being apart from her beloved.  She has to learn to stand on her own two feet and has to live with the constant worries of the war and Jimmy.

Money is tight for Ruby so she searches for a job, which for a young married woman in 1915 is still very rare for women to go to work.  Ruby faces many obstacles along the way on her search to become independent.  Ruby gains a great friend in her landlady Maree and they are great comfort for each other as Maree’s husband is also away with the war.

The story follows Ruby with her daily struggles of finding inner strength and independence.  We hear about her inner emotions of longing for Jimmy.  It was beautiful to read the letters to and thro from Ruby and Jimmy. My heart was aching and beating fast when the telegrams arrived, I could feel the desperation from the recipient of the telegram.  A truly awful time for anyone to experience.

I loved Ruby’s character, she had to grow up so quickly and gain this inner strength to help her cope with this wartime separation.  The turmoil she faced during these months were terrifying at times.  When she was faced with giving up this independence for the love of her life, could Ruby give up what had become the norm for her?

I also loved the sub characters involved in Ruby’s life.  I particularly enjoyed Ruby’s part in helping her boss Mr Curry it showed great compassion and strength from Ruby.

A beautiful, moving story that touches the heart strings many times. 5/5*

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