The Soldier's Wife

The Soldier's Wife

Book - 2012
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The "brilliant, mesmerizing storyteller" (The Washington Post) Joanna Trollope illuminates an experience shared by millions of people - a soldier's return to family life - that causes three generations to struggle with the impact of war on their relationships.

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. The outside world sees such reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight readjust to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope if he can't? How much, indeed, can Alexa, Dan's wife, sacrifice her own needs to serve his commitment to a way of life that demands everything not just of him, but of her and the children as well?

This novel takes a keen look at the lives of modern military families. What happens, these days, when love and a vocation collide head on? With her trademark intelligence, empathy and clear-eyed insight, Joanna Trollope shows us a family striving to balance duty and ambition with intimacy and understanding.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2012.
ISBN: 9781443413022
Characteristics: 320 p. ;,23 cm.


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Feb 26, 2017

An interesting story about being married to a career soldier. I never thought about what the wives have to put up with....constantly uprooting the family and being second fiddle to the army. I don't know why Alexa wanted to have a job outside the home with twin 3 year olds to look after. I do not like all the " F" words. She must have a great vocabulary and could surely come up with different words to express herself.

Nov 13, 2014

A modern soldier and his wife and family coming to terms with expectations and challenges. Interesting characters, good plot-line and this author never descends to those happily-ever-after endings where everything's all neatly wrapped up, for which I say 'hurrah'.

Jan 06, 2014

Although I usually enjoy Trollope's books,elements of The Soldier's Wife bothered me. Alexa, the soldier's wife, is offered a teaching job only to have the offer withdrawn because her prospective employer tells her that she will be unable to make the necessary commitment to the job in view of her husband's work and the fact that she has a young family. That would certainly be considered a discriminatory hiring practice here in Canada; I expect the UK has similar legislation. At the end of the book, Mel, who represents the modern military spouse, agrees to marry her soldier, flashes her diamond ring and tells 11 year old Isabel "one day you'll have one of these". Gag!!!

madison382 Sep 09, 2013

Gives an insightful view of a soldier and his wife life when he returns from war and how he had to readjust to civilian life.

May 25, 2013

Read this around the same time as I watched the "Military Wives" series of Gareth Malone's "The Choir" tv program and each seemed to reinforce the message of the other about the strange limbo situation of military wives.

Oct 09, 2012

O.K but not one of her best.

Oct 02, 2012

ot one of her best--- perhaps best appreciated by someone close to the military life. Otherwise tends to go on and on in military bafflegab.

mrsgail5756 Jul 25, 2012

Interesting subject matter. Well written book.

debwalker Mar 21, 2012

Interesting take on a family torn apart by the pressures of dad coming home from Afghanistan, and how the traditional military wife role can take its toll on women in the 21st century.


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Mar 19, 2013

You long for home, don’t you? You fight for it. But what you forget when you’re away is that ordinary life won’t kill you, except by accident, so of course everything looks pretty small here by comparison. And pretty dull.

Mar 19, 2013

He’s back, but he’s not back, not in any sense that’s any use to me or his family. And if one more person tells me just to give him time, or that I knew what I was taking on, or that I’m so lucky to have the security, I will just . . . just _kill_ them.

Mar 19, 2013

You can’t treat the men as if they didn’t have families. You can’t pour all this thought and all these resources into the soldiers if you don’t deal with their human landscapes too.

Mar 19, 2013

He has to hear me. He has to come out of his soldier’s cave or wherever he is, and _hear_ me.

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