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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop - The Solider's Wife by Joanna Trollope

Today, I'm hosting a book blog tour stop for "The Solider's Wife" by Joanna Trollope.

This is a mesmerizing book about one woman's struggle to deal with her soldier husband's homecoming from the Afghan war, his disconnect from his family and how others around her are also dealing with similar situations.

About The Book:

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.
Joanna Trollope takes her readers inside a returning English soldier's family's life with her book, "The Soldier's Wife," and it is an inimate look indeed.  She gives voice to all members of the family - from wife Alexa, who is having a hard time not being able to communicate with her husband, to Dan, the soldier who is having a hard time adjusting to being back in the midst of his family, to his stepdaughter Isabel, who just wants to be home with her family instead of at boarding school with the other Army brats - and even to the parents of Dan and Alexa, who are befuddled at why their children are having trouble in their family life.   And for that reason, this is an intriguing book.
On a personal note - I truly disliked the character of Alexa, the wife who, to me, seemed selfish and whining throughout the book.  I just wanted to shake her and say, "Give him some TIME to readjust - he's been to WAR, damnit!"  And with that note, it takes a pretty good author to invoke such emotions, so I would say Joanna Trollope has done her job exceedingly well.
This is a adult fiction novel, and does have language and mature subject matter.  I can't recommend it for everyone - because it might be difficult for those who have members of their family serving in the military to enjoy this novel. But it is well-written.

Joanna Trollope's Bio:

Joanna Trollope has been writing fiction for more than 30 years. She is the author of seventeen highly acclaimed bestselling novels including Daughters-in-Law, The Other Family, The Rector’s Wife, A Village Affair, Other People’s Children, The Choir, and Marrying the Mistress. She was awarded the OBE in the 1996 Queen’s Birthday Honors List for services to literature, and is the current chair of the Orange Prize for Fiction 2012. She lives in England.
Joanna Trollope's web site:http://www.joannatrollope.com/

Check out what other bloggers are saying about "The Solider's Wife."  The Soldier's Wife blog tour site: http://the-soldiers-wife.blogspot.com

My thanks to Tribute Books Blog Tours for arranging this tour and for supplying a review copy of the book. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Web Site: www.tribute-books.com


Tribute Books said...

Sharon, thanks for the review :)

Sharon's Garden of Book Reviews said...

You're welcome Nicole!

Anonymous said...

thanks for sharing.