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Wives at War
by Jessica Stirling

Category: Fiction / Historical
0 pages; ISBN: 0312340249

Rating: 9/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Harriet Klausner

Review

Wives at War
Jessica Stirling
St. Martin's Press, Apr 2005, $26.95
ISBN: 0312340249

In 1940, the German bombers seem everywhere, softening England and Scotland for what looks like the next Blitzkrieg invasion. Still in spite of the fears and the anticipation of the worst, most citizens remain loyal to the crown and try to whatever they can to support the war effort.

The Conway sisters are typical Scotswomen trying to help their country battle Hitler. While her spouse fights as a soldier, Babs evacuates her three oldest from Glasgow keeping only the youngest with her as she works as an office assistant in the Ministry of Labor. She detests “Johnny Foreigners” ever since her former employer Dominick deserted her sister Polly to flee for America with their children in tow. Polly manages her estranged husband’s business while he stays safe in New York. The third sister Rosie, though deaf, works at a factory where she is verbally abused due to her handicap. The trio’s loyalty to country and husbands is tested when Dominic returns with an American and a plot that forces each sister to choose.

Few writers bring out the fear and courage of those who stayed behind on the home front doing what they could to support England the way Jessica Stirling does. Her latest war tale (see SISTERS THREE) is a strong character driven tale starring three siblings who though fearing for loved ones feel they must help Scotland in the Battle of Britain. As usual, the key players, particularly the three sisters, contain different personalities as they react in varying ways to the situations they confront. Dominick’s plot adds tension and suspense, but WIVES AT WAR pays homage to women who stayed home to work in support of the war.

Harriet Klausner

 

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