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The Soldier's Wife by Joanna Trollope

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Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope if he can't? Through the well observed, astute yet sensitive eye of the author this novel takes a keen look at the home lives of the modern Army. What happens, these days, when love and a vocation collide, head on?

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The Soldier's Wife by Joanna Trollope

The soldiers are coming home - after six months in Afghanistan. Surely being reunited with their wives and girlfriends and families will be heaven, after the hell they have been through. When Dan Riley returns to his adored wife, Alexa, and their children, his Army life still comes first.

Alexa thought she was prepared to help him, and the whole family, to make the transition to normal life again - but no-one had told her how lonely and near impossible the task would be. Does marrying a soldier always have to mean that you are not marrying a man, but a regiment?

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Written with all Trollope's customary skill and panache, this is an absorbing look at the modern military wife who no longer automatically follows the drum * Daily Mail * Nobody understands the snags and frustrations of family life better than Joanna Trollope. She also captures the dangerous pressure points in relationships, the steady build-up of tension, the exact moment when the family fur might really start to fly * Sunday Express * Trollope is on top form, hitting the zeitgeist with this perceptive and compassionate inside story of an army marriage * Woman & Home * The Soldier's Wife is a cracking read and has clearly been thoroughly researched. All the little details which animate a novel ring true... compassionate, humourous and topical * Spectator * Trollope is always immensely readable, managing to depict characters
inner turmoil with deft, artful simplicity. Here, she brings her emotionally acute eye to bear on army life

-- Henry Sutton * Daily Mirror *

About the Author

Joanna Trollope

Joanna Trollope was our Guest Editor in February 2012 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Joanna Trollope OBE has written numerous highly-acclaimed contemporary novels including: The Choir, A Village Affair, A Passionate Man, The Rector’s Wife, The Men and the Girls, A Spanish Lover, The Best of Friends, Next of Kin, Other People’s Children, Marrying the Mistress, Girl from the South, Brother and Sister, Second Honeymoon, Friday Night, The Other Family, Daughters-in-Law and The Soldier's Wife. Under the name of Caroline Harvey she writes romantic historical novels. She has also written a study of women in the British Empire, Britannia’s Daughters.

Joanna Trollope was appointed OBE in the 1996 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to literature and was the Chair of Judges for the Orange Prize form Fiction 2012.

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31st January 2013


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Black Swan an imprint of Transworld Publishers Ltd


432 pages


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