The Prisoner’s Wife, Maggie Brookes

The Prisoner’s Wife opening line: Everything was quiet and still, apart from the light crunch of our boots as we crept down the deserted street.

The Prisoner's Wife

My blurb:

Izzy and Bill are in love. Had the War not taken place, they would never have met. And now their fate is tied together forever. Married in secret, they attempt to escape the Nazi’s. But once caught, Bill will do anything to keep Izzy with him, even if it means putting his trust in total strangers. Can Izzy keep her true self hidden long enough to survive until liberation?

The Prisoner’s Wife

A debut novel set in 1944 war-torn Czechoslovakia amid the extreme privations of a prisoner of war camp. Based on a true story, passion, heroism and a love that transcends overwhelming odds.

Their love is a death sentence. But can it keep them alive?
Czechoslovakia, 1944. In the dead of night, a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Secretly married and on the run, Bill and Izabela are searching for Izabela’s brother and father, who are fighting for the Czech resistance. They know their luck will not last.
Captured by the German army, it seems they must be separated – but they have prepared for this moment. By cutting her hair and pretending to be mute, Izabela successfully disguises herself as a British soldier. Together, they face the terrible conditions of a POW camp, reliant on the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their fragile deception.
Their situation is beyond dangerous. If Izabela is discovered, she and Bill – and all the men who helped them – will face lethal consequences.
My verdict:

I might stand alone in this, but I thought that The Prisoner’s Wife has been the best book I have read this year. The story itself may not be 100% factual, but it is based on a true story. And if anyone out there knows what happened to Izzy and Bill, please let me know!

Publishing information:
ISBN 9781529124293
Format Trade Paperback
Published May 2020

Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Penguin Random House South Africa. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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