Publication Date: July 1st 2017
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, WWII
Part of Series? No
Goodreads Blurb: London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family—and to herself—that she’s stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie’s blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet’s privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she’s just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.
In Normandy, the two friends soon encounter the seemingly unflappable Lucy. Scarlet and Ellie are in awe of her courage and competence, but the experienced nurse is well aware of the dangers of the job they’ve chosen—and even she is terrified they won’t make it home alive.
Pushed to their limits by the brutality of a world at war, Scarlet, Ellie and Lucy will need to rely on each other—and the power of their friendship—to survive.
Introduction & Storyline
Why I picked this book? Because I am a sucker for beautiful covers 😀 When I saw this book on NetGalley I instantly requested for it just because of the cover. I had no idea what this book will turn into. I am glad that I picked it up and it proved to be a great read.
This is a story about three nurses during World War 2. The story starts with Scarlet, who volunteers for joining the battlefield hospital, but her main aim was to find her fiancé Thomas who was missing from past few months. While Scarlet was waiting at the station in London for her train, she meets Ellie who was also going to serve as a nurse. Both of them instantly become friends in spite of their different family backgrounds. Though both were scared as neither of them knew what would happen in the war and what’s the actual condition out there, they were relieved that at least they have each other for support.
When they reach to their camp, Ellie meet doctor Spencer and they instantly fell in love. Scarlet fell in love with an officer James, but she was too scared to accept it. She was conflicted about falling in love with another man while she was promised to Thomas. But later she came to knew that James is his fiancé’s brother. After knowing this she was devastated as she thought that it was wrong of her and promised to put all her focus on finding is fiancé Thomas.
When Scarlet and Ellie finally got posted to Normandy, they meet an experienced nurse Lucy. She was brave and wanted to be a doctor once she returns home from war. All of these three become friends who looked after to each other during the horrific scenarios of the war. Lucy also meet a soldier named Jack and falls in love with him while doing his treatment. though he had lost his memory, she was not sure if he will even remember her when he got to his home.
Between all the war and horrific conditions, it was really difficult for Scarlet, Ellie, and Lucy to cope up in those conditions. But there was one thing for those women to keep going and that was their friendship and the hope for returning home safely and living their lives with their loved ones.
Will Scarlet find her fiancé? What will happen to her brother-in-law James? Will Ellie, Scarlet, and Lucy make to a happy ending? Will Jack remember Lucy? Will all of them make to their homes safely? Will their friendship continue?
POVs and Writing
This was the first time that I read anything by Soraya Lane, yet I found myself too comfortable reading this novel. I really liked how she had given the details of each scene and the characters. The story was written from the third person’s PoV but there were chapters for each of the three main ladies. Each chapter was the story from the PoV of that person.
I really liked how the whole WWII setup was shown. The details about the war camps and their hospitals felt really uncomfortable. It was heartbreaking to know how they lived during that war in those horrific conditions. There were not even provided with a good coffee and often remained hungry for hours because of the increasing numbers of casualties.
A perfect romance build into the background of WWII. The story that will remain with you forever.
All the three main protagonists displayed their story pretty well and it was good to know their backgrounds. I really liked the romance building there amidst all that horrors of war. Each of the love stories was lovely but Scarlet’s was really a conflicted one. I even imagined myself in her place thought what I would have done in that case 😛 They knew that the hope is the only thing that would keep them going.
Their friendship was portrayed very well. The stories like these often reminds you how important friendship is in your life. Without their friendship they wouldn’t have made that far in the war. Speaking of writing, it was simple. The words were chosen carefully and the environment building for war was good. I felt attached to each of the characters and felt as if I am there with them, sharing their miseries and triumphs. The story was fast paced and didn’t bored at any moment.
What I Liked
- The friendship between the three nurses.
- The insta-love portrayed
- The whole war atmosphere felt real and heartbreaking.
- The fast driven story and the plot that kept me hooked.
What I Didn’t Like
- Nothing 😀
Smile and the world will see the woman you want them to see, no matter how you feel inside.
This war is going to be full of women who fall in love with men they’ll never see again. All we do is say goodbye over and over.
Final Thoughts and Impact
I read some reviews, where readers had complained that all this instant-love felt unreal. I disagree with them, rather I think that this whole instant love was the thing that was moving the novel forward. There were situations in the war when soldiers get leaves for marriage and then returned to war. There was no guarantee that they will even make to their homes safely. yet hope was the only thing that they could have relied upon. So showing this king of love where the characters instantly fell in love was not unreal for me. Rather I was happy for them.
So if you are into the historical romance genre, then you should definitely read it. Also, it can be a good summer read. This was a story to remember for a long time. WIVES OF WAR is an epic story of friendship, love and survival.
Would Recommend To
- Historical romance readers
- Readers who are looking for a quick and interesting read
- who are looking for a perfect summer read
- WWII story lovers
Summing Up in 50 Words
Are you into historical romance? Which one is your favourite?
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