The Soldier's Wife by Pamela Hart
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Soldiers Wife is different from a lot of WW1 novels I’ve read as it is told from a woman’s point of view, a young woman who had fallen in love, married and immediately lost her husband to fight in a war.
Ruby had to fight for a job and fight for respect. She was feisty and a little outspoken for her time but this was all brought on by her urge to survive.
It’s hard to say much without giving spoilers on how the story pans out but it’s a story of growth and change. The war brought change for everyone, those that fought and those that remained at home.
Very well researched, the story will transport you back to 1915 Australia with wonderful descriptions of the streets of Sydney, the fashions and the attitudes of the time. Even the scene of Ruby doing the washing in the copper made it all so real and vivid in my mind.
The characters were all likeable and I instantly fell in love with Ruby and Jimmy as they bared their soul and their dreams.
An entertaining read that not only is a very touching story but also a good history of attitudes, customs and fashions from early 1900’s Australia.
With thanks to Hachette Aus for my copy to read and review.