Vivienne de La Mare lives at Le Colombier, an old farmhouse in a secluded valley on Guernsey in the Channel Islands. She has two daughters - Blanche, fourteen, and Millie, four. Her acerbic mother-in-law, Evelyn, who suffers from dementia, also lives with them, while Vivienne's husband, Eugene, is away in the army. The marriage is an unhappy one, and then the Germans arrive. Vivienne does what she can to "keep up the side”: she grows vegetables, looks out for her children, and helps her neighbors. But things inexorably change when Vivienne falls in love with Gunther, the handsome, brooding German officer who has moved in next door. The clandestine relationship they enter into is the first real love that Vivienne has ever felt. She believes that she can keep her love--and her family—safe, but when her young daughter befriends a prisoner from the work camp, Vivienne must decide if she is willing to risk her personal happiness for the life of a stranger. A novel of grand passion and dark secrets, The Soldier's Wife asks: what would you do for your family? What should you do for a stranger?
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