The Prisoner's Wife

The Prisoner's WifeInspired By The True Story Of A Daring Deception That Plunges A Courageous Young Woman Deep Into The Horrors Of A Nazi POW Camp To Be With The Man She Loves In The Dead Of Night, A Czech Farm Girl And A British Soldier Travel Through The Countryside Izabela And Prisoner Of War Bill Have Secretly Married And Are On The Run, With Izzy Dressed As A Man The Young Husband And Wife Evade Capture For As Long As Possible Until They Are Cornered By Nazi Soldiers With Tracking DogsIzzy S Disguise Works The Couple Are Assumed To Be Escaped British Soldiers And Transported To A POW Camp However, Their Ordeal Has Just Begun, As They Face Appalling Living Conditions And The Constant Fear Of Izzy S Exposure But In The Midst Of Danger And Deprivation Comes Hope, For The Young Couple Are Befriended By A Small Group Of Fellow Prisoners These Men Become Their New Family, Willing To Jeopardize Their Lives To Save Izzy From Being Discovered And Shot The Prisoner S Wife Tells Of An Incredible Risk, And Of How Our Deepest Bonds Are Tested In Desperate Times Bill And Izzy S Story Is One Of Love And Survival Against The Darkest Odds Bill is an escaped prisoner of war and British Izabela is Czech The two are married and on the run.Izzy dresses as a man to draw less attention to herself, and they are successful for a time until the Nazis ultimately catch up to them.Izzy and Bill are taken to a POW camp, with Izzy still in disguise They are constantly afraid, and the camp is disgusting and dangerous The silver lining The couple make friends with the other prisoners who work to keep them all safe.The Prisoner s Wife is bas Bill is an escaped prisoner of war and British Izabela is Czech The two are married and on the run.Izzy dresses as a man to draw less attention to herself, and they are successful for a time until the Nazis ultimately catch up to them.Izzy and Bill are taken to a POW camp, with Izzy still in disguise They are constantly afraid, and the camp is disgusting and dangerous The silver lining The couple make friends with the other prisoners who work to keep them all safe.The Prisoner s Wife is based on a true story It s a beautiful story of friendship and friends as family It s about grit, survival, and taking chances for love I absolutely loved these characters and this story.I received a gifted copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com and instagram www.instagram.com tarheelreader Izzy works on the family farm with her mother during World War 2 Their life in Czechoslovakia has been tough since her father and older brother joined the resistance leaving them unable to tend their crops Izzy yearns to be with people her own age and dreams of a romance that she is unlikely to experience She meets Bill, a British prisoner of war when he is assigned to work on her farm Bill teaches her English and eventually they fall in love This unlikely couple secretly marries and they b Izzy works on the family farm with her mother during World War 2 Their life in Czechoslovakia has been tough since her father and older brother joined the resistance leaving them unable to tend their crops Izzy yearns to be with people her own age and dreams of a romance that she is unlikely to experience She meets Bill, a British prisoner of war when he is assigned to work on her farm Bill teaches her English and eventually they fall in love This unlikely couple secretly marries and they both worry that he will be reassigned The newlyweds run away with the goal of joining Izzy s father and the resistance For safety measures, Izzy disguises herself as a man Their plans are foiled when they are captured by Nazi soldiers and sent to a POW camp Their living conditions are terrible and they are fearful that someone will discover Izzy s identity With the end of the war in sight, these two prisoners are in a daily fight to survive The Prisoner s Wife was inspired by a true story This story portrays love, spirit, and hope in the darkest of times I haven t read any historical fiction books in quite some time especially WWII books, as they all start to blend together after awhile , but The Prisoner s Wife was a great book to remind me why I really do love this genre.The storyline, which is based on a true story, centers around Izzy, a Czech farm girl, and Bill, a British POW who comes to work on her family s farm They fall in love and secretly marry when her mother is out of town Izzy refuses to leave Bill, so in order to be together, I haven t read any historical fiction books in quite some time especially WWII books, as they all start to blend together after awhile , but The Prisoner s Wife was a great book to remind me why I really do love this genre.The storyline, which is based on a true story, centers around Izzy, a Czech farm girl, and Bill, a British POW who comes to work on her family s farm They fall in love and secretly marry when her mother is out of town Izzy refuses to leave Bill, so in order to be together, Izzy cuts her hair and dresses like a man They manage to evade capture for a couple of weeks, but eventually they are cornered by Nazi soldiers and transported to a POW camp In the POW camp, they face appalling living conditions and constant fear that Izzy will be exposured To try and keep Izzy safe, Bill confides in a small group of fellow prisoners, and the two are befriended by the group for the most part These men become their new family, and are even willing to jeopardize their lives to save Izzy from being discovered, as women who were caught disguised as men in POW camps were deemed spies and shot The couple faces extreme starvation and cruelty when they are moved to other camps and are forced to walk hundreds of miles in the dead of winter The book goes into great depth in describing the hardships POWs endured during WWII I was fully immersed in the storyline and read incessantly just to find out what happened to Bill and Izzy My only criticism of the book was the ending, as I would have loved an epilogue that went a number of years in the future to update the reader on what happened after the war ended.In the end though, it is an incredible story of love, risk, and of how the deepest bonds are tested in desperate times So worth the read for any historical fiction fans out there 4 stars In 1944, Izabela is living on the family farm in Vrazne in Czechoslovakia, with her mother and little brother Marek Her father has left the farm with her older brother Jan and are both fighting with the Czechoslovakia resistance One day there s a knock on the door, it s a Nazi Officer they nickname Captain Oily and he s organized prisoners of war to help harvest the families hay The following morning five POW s along with a guard arrive at the farm, its hard work swinging a scythe and it s ho In 1944, Izabela is living on the family farm in Vrazne in Czechoslovakia, with her mother and little brother Marek Her father has left the farm with her older brother Jan and are both fighting with the Czechoslovakia resistance One day there s a knock on the door, it s a Nazi Officer they nickname Captain Oily and he s organized prisoners of war to help harvest the families hay The following morning five POW s along with a guard arrive at the farm, its hard work swinging a scythe and it s hot Izzy and her mum notice how thin all the POW s are, they give them food, water and the guard doesn t care if they eat or not Bill an English soldier and Izzy quickly fall in love, it s basically love at first sight and Izzy s mum is very concerned about her daughters welfare Ezabela s mum needs to leave the farm to help a relative who is having a baby, Bill and Izzy have made secret plans to marry, once married they plan to escape and leave They make the choice to hit the road, the plan is for Izzy to dress as a boy, change her name to Cousins and pretend she is mute It doesn t take long for the couple to realize that life on the road is going to be hard Izzy misses her family, they need to hide, walk when they can and are sleeping rough Izzy and Bill are soon captured, the guards use tracking dogs to find them, there taken to a POW work camp, if anyone discovers Izzy true gender she could be shot as a spy, she s very vulnerable and nervous.Fellow prisoners help to keep her identity a secret, as it s exhausting for Bill to do this alone and they make friends among their fellow inmates The story is based on how the captured group of POW s survive being prisoners of war deep in German territory, together they face many hardship, forced to do back breaking hard labor, being constantly hungry, freezing cold, they become filthy, sick, infested with lice, moved from one camp to another and being sent on dangerous long death marches Despite all the challenges, Bill and Izzy s love for one other never changes and it grows stronger The friendships they make with their fellow POW s, and the unbreakable bond formed between them all, how they all look after each other is truly inspiring and a tribute to humanity.Based on a true story, The Prisoner s Wife by Maggie Brookes is a brilliant historical fiction book, I highly recommend reading it and I gave it five stars I have shared my review on Edelweiss, Goodreads, Twitter, Australianand my blog Made it up to 25%.it was dreadful.. Izabela and Bill were destined to meet, but did Izabela realize what she was getting herself and Bill into when she rushed the marriage and escaped the farm she had known for her entire life Izabela immediately fell in love with Bill when she saw him in a group of British prisoners who came to help on the farm during WWII Her plans were to marry Bill, find her father and brother, and join the resistance, but the Germans had other plans for them.We follow Izzy and Bill as they escape the farm, t Izabela and Bill were destined to meet, but did Izabela realize what she was getting herself and Bill into when she rushed the marriage and escaped the farm she had known for her entire life Izabela immediately fell in love with Bill when she saw him in a group of British prisoners who came to help on the farm during WWII Her plans were to marry Bill, find her father and brother, and join the resistance, but the Germans had other plans for them.We follow Izzy and Bill as they escape the farm, travel in the night, sleep in the day, become captured, and endure the prison camp They were sent to Lamsdorf Prison where Izzy had to hide that she was a woman Surprisingly the men in their hut actually helped to hide her.THE PRISONER S WIFE which is based on true events was very tense, very well written, and very well researched.You will feel the terror and pain the prisoners endured in the camps and on the historical Long Walk from Poland to Germany The characters were resilient, loyal, unbelievably strong, and easy to like Historical fiction fans will be completely absorbed in this book that gives yet another look at what suffering went on during WWII.THE PRISONER S WIFE is a beautiful but heartbreaking book.A MUST READ 5 5 This book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review Every once in awhile you stumble upon a book that is rich in history, so much so that sometimes, it will take your very breath away Sometimes it steals that breath because of how beautiful it is and sometimes because of how very sad and horrifying and raw and true it is In the case of The Prisoner s Wife, it was for all of these reasons This book horrified me It made me cringe, it made me suffer right along with it s heartbreakingly real characters that were so real and lovable and full of l Every once in awhile you stumble upon a book that is rich in history, so much so that sometimes, it will take your very breath away Sometimes it steals that breath because of how beautiful it is and sometimes because of how very sad and horrifying and raw and true it is In the case of The Prisoner s Wife, it was for all of these reasons This book horrified me It made me cringe, it made me suffer right along with it s heartbreakingly real characters that were so real and lovable and full of life It made me rejoice in their simple joys and happiness when they could find it and most of all, it had me rooting for them all along the way hoping like crazy that they would all be rescued, redeemed and all get their happily ever afters I loved this I hated this I didn t want it to end.So beautifully written, so beautifully told and so eye opening about horrors that I already knew existed and happened, but needed reminding of again A terrible part of our history, of the worlds history, that I hope we never forget andimportantly, never, ever, let happen again ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review THIS REVIEW MORE Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.4.5 stars The Prisoner s Wife was inspired by a true story and a shocking one at that The story centers around Izzy, a Czech farm girl, and Bill, a British prisoner of war After falling in love and secretly marrying, Izzy dresses as a boy and the two run away together, full of desperation and hope, but are found by the Germans and sent back to Lamsdorf, a German POW camp Now they face an even greater ord THIS REVIEW MORE Paws and Paperbacks ARC provided by the publisher through NetGalley.4.5 stars The Prisoner s Wife was inspired by a true story and a shocking one at that The story centers around Izzy, a Czech farm girl, and Bill, a British prisoner of war After falling in love and secretly marrying, Izzy dresses as a boy and the two run away together, full of desperation and hope, but are found by the Germans and sent back to Lamsdorf, a German POW camp Now they face an even greater ordeal as they struggle to keep Izzy s identity hidden in order to save her from being discovered and shot.The writing captivated me from the beginning It s hard not to become invested in Izzy and Bill s story I really loved the transformation of their characters at the start of the book they are naive, blindly in love, and make the brash decision to run away, however, this changes as they two faceanddifficulty Maggie Brookes is an incredible writer and the desperation and bleakness felt by the character bleeds through the pages and into the reader It s not an easy book to read this is a book about survival during one of the darkest times in history.My only complaint is that I was looking forfrom the epilogue After everything the characters and readers are put through it would have been nice to have had a glimpse at some sort of happiness for them in the future The Prisoner s Wife is an remarkable debut inspired by a true story It s a harrowing tale about maintaining love, hope, friendship, and perseverance during incredible hardships It s heartbreaking and beautiful I absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for a breathtaking, poignant story This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.I thought that this book was really well done I enjoy historical fiction every once in a while and stories set during World War II really appeal to me I am always on the lookout for something a little different and the premise of this story grabbed me right away I love the fact that this book is based on a true story and was eager to see how a woman was able to hide within a PoW camp Once I picked up this book, I was hooked right This review can also be found at Carole s Random Life in Books.I thought that this book was really well done I enjoy historical fiction every once in a while and stories set during World War II really appeal to me I am always on the lookout for something a little different and the premise of this story grabbed me right away I love the fact that this book is based on a true story and was eager to see how a woman was able to hide within a PoW camp Once I picked up this book, I was hooked right away and didn t want to put the book down I am so glad that I decided to give this book a try.At the start of this story, Izzy is a farm girl in Czechoslovakia and Bill is a prisoner at a work camp that has been assigned to assist at her family farm They are drawn to each other from the very beginning and fall in love in moments when they are able to steal a bit of time together away from everyone else They marry and escape only to be captured a short time later This is when things start getting very dangerous for both Izzy and Bill.I felt for Izzy and Bill from the start They both just wanted to be together but a war that they could not control had the potential to take everything from them I tried to imagine what it must have been like for Izzy to live in fear of being discovered and how difficult it must have been to hide her gender in the living conditions within the camp Bill was in constant fear for Izzy and was willing to do whatever it took to protect her This was a really powerful story The descriptions in this book were very well done and I was able to form a mental image of what the conditions in the camp were Bill, Izzy, and the others that were in on their secret Everything from their constant state of hunger to the physical pain was vividly described I felt like I was there with them as they fought to take another step and leaned on each other for support.I would recommend this book to fans of historical fiction I thought that this was a very well done and powerful story I will admit that I would have loved to see a little bit about what happened to each of the characters after the story ended but I realize that most of the people being released from these camps would never know the fate of those they had come in contact with during their incarceration I would not hesitate to readof this author s work in the future I received an advanced review copy of this book from Penguin Publishing Group Berkley. Historical fiction is my favorite genre to read and Maggie Brookes The Prisoner s Wife is a great one I was immersed in the characters love, risks, and determination from the beginning I appreciate the research involved in the novel but was hoping forfacts than fiction I hope on day we learn about Izzy s and Bill s real story.

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  • Paperback
  • 400 pages
  • The Prisoner's Wife
  • Maggie Brookes
  • English
  • 10 June 2017
  • 0593197755