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A sweeping historical love story set in Australia during World War I.

Newlyweds Ruby and Jimmy Hawkins are sure their love will survive the trauma and tragedy of war. Amid the desperate battles raging in Gallipoli, Jimmy dreams of the future they planned together.

In Sydney, Ruby reads his romantic letters full of love and longing. But as weeks slip into months, Ruby must forge her own new life. When she takes a job at a city timber merchant's yard, she is thrown into a man's world fraught with complications.

And as the lives of those around her begin to shatter, Ruby must change if she is to truly find her way. Is she still the same woman Jimmy fell in love with?

Inspired by the true story of the author's own family history, The Soldier's Wife is a heart-soaring story of passion, love and loss and learning how to live when all you hold dear is threatened.

©2015 Pamela Hart (P)2015 Hachette Australia Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Evokes WWI Sydney to the point where the reader can almost feel the salty wind blowing off the harbour as the troops are shipped out through the Heads." (Books+Publishing)
"The Soldier's Wife is a beautiful and poignant love story." (Cheryl Arkle, Better Reading)
"Hart makes the details of daily life shimmer and pierces our heart with a love story that carries the weight of sacrifice and the joy of true partnership." (iBooks, Best Books of May)
"Inspired by the author's family history, this story will have you captivated from the very beginning to its compelling conclusion." (Adelaide Matters)

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  • Nafees
  • 08-10-16

exceptional

a very well written novel, performed perfectly.
excellent focus on characters that comes through as authentic, especially for the time period

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  • Kylie
  • 01-10-18

Simply Beautiful!

This review from my page on Goodreads. My first venture into a novel of Pamela's. (With the exception of several of her children's books) This was just a pure magical read. Loved it from start to finish. I think what I liked most about it was how the story seemed to just flow so smoothly, and how it grew to a natural climax in its journey. It turned from hearing how Ruby coped being separated from her new husband Jimmy, who had gone off to War, and her reading his frequent love letters from the war-front, to becoming action packed in seemingly a heartbeat. It was rather simplistic in its writing, however done so magnificently well. I adored seeing how Ruby changed and evolved simply due to the circumstances in which she found herself, and how her colleagues went from disbelieving and arguably suspicious of her, all because she was female, to an almost indispensable cog at her place of work as time went on. Each character played a crucial role in this story, and most, if not all, were very likeable. Pamela obviously spent quite some time researching, as it felt like I was there with Ruby, every step of the way. A rather nice little sidenote for me is that this is based from her family's history, and I think this came across in the writing of it... that said, she is one talented writer and story-teller and I'm sure all her work is as good as this! One of my top reads of 2017, if not the very top of my list and I would have no hesitation in recommending this highly to lovers of historical fiction, and those who are fans of Australian fiction.

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  • Shorty
  • 04-10-16

It's alright

It's alright. The performance kept me tuned in but the book overall wasn't that interesting.