The Soldier’s Wife by Joanna Trollope is a slow-burn read. Almost so slow-burning that the story failed to catch alight. But slowly, slowly the characters and their problems drew me in and I found myself reading avidly.
The soldier in this story is Dan Riley – a major in the British Army. He has just returned home after a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan. His wife, Alexa, has been left caring for twin toddler daughters and Isabel, her twelve-year-old daughter from her first marriage. The story is told from the point-of-view of Dan, Alexa and Isabel – as well as an assortment of other family members.
Alexa is a ‘good’ Army wife but, despite her love for her husband, she is finding it increasingly hard to deal with Army life and its difficulties: the absence of her husband, the moving house every couple of years, the disruption to Isabel’s…
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