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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Diplomat's Wife...Review

About the book:
How have I been lucky enough to come here, to be alive, when so many others are not? I should have died.... But I am here.

1945. Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets Paul, an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are dashed when Paul's plane crashes.

Devastated and pregnant, Marta marries Simon, a caring British diplomat, and glimpses the joy that home and family can bring. But her happiness is threatened when she learns of a Communist spy in British intelligence, and that the one person who can expose the traitor is connected to her past.

A pleasant surprise.  I wasn't sure what to expect, but this was an enthralling read.  I couldn't put it down and read it in a couple of hours.  The writing is straight-forward and beautifully simplistic.  I'm not a big fan of first-person narrative, but it worked here, although the present tense was a bit awkward.  Marta and Paul aren't fully developed characters, but still garnered my interest and sympathy.  I cared about what happened to them, and anxiously turned each page.

I found the historical aspect fascinating, especially from the European viewpoint as the eastern bloc fell to communism.  This is a sequel to The Kommandant's Girl, which I haven't read yet.  However, it stands alone well.  Easily recommended.

Thanks to my local library for having a copy I could borrow.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 8/10

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4/5 Stars


  1. The use of present tense in a book is almost always awkward in my opinion. I'm glad to see this book lives up to its gorgeous cover.

  2. Just finished both of these books within the last week. I really enjoyed both. The Diplomat's wife had some good twist at the end.