The Soldier's Wife
|Format:||Paperback, 320 pages|
|Published In: ||United Kingdom, 02 February 2012|
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. The outside world sees those reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope, if he can't? To what extent can Alexa, Dan's wife, sacrifice her own needs and fulfillment to support his commitment to a way of life that demands everything not just of him, but of her and the children as well? This novel takes a keen look at the home lives of the modern Army. What happens when love and a vocation collide, head on?
About the Author
Joanna Trollope is the author of sixteen highly acclaimed bestselling novels. Sh has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia's Daughters, as well as a number of historical novels. Born in Gloucesterhire, she now lives in London. She was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen's Birthday Honours List.
Does marrying a soldier mean marrying the army? The topical new novel from this number one bestselling author.
The best women's fiction uses domestic life to illustrate changes in the world as Trollope's best-selling novels (Daughters-in-Law; The Other Family) do, although her realistic middle- and upper-middle-class characters rarely face insurmountable difficulties. Her latest portrays family life on a British army base, highlighting the changing expectations of women in the traditional role of soldier's wife and touching only lightly on national politics, foreign affairs, and the horrors of war. Just back from an adrenaline-filled tour in Afghanistan, Dan Riley still feels more army major than family man. Trying to understand, his wife, Alexa, is tense and unhappy; daughter Isobel misbehaves at school; and the younger children act up at home. Worried friends and family, standing by, can't decide how or whether to intervene. VERDICT The noticeable absence of swearing, sex scenes, and controversial topics places this story about a rough patch in a marriage squarely in the women's fiction genre, but its nuanced writing, multigenerational points of view, and balanced presentation of changing gender roles elevate it above the pack; recommended for Trollope's many fans.-Laurie A. Cavanaugh, Wareham Free Lib., MA (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
|Dimensions: ||23.0 x 15.0 x 2.0 centimeters (0.42 kg)|