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Publisher's Summary

In the best-selling tradition of The Nightingale and Lilac Girls comes a sweeping story of love and survival during World War II.

Amsterdam, May 1943. As the tulips bloom and the Nazis tighten their grip across the city, the last signs of Dutch resistance are being swept away. Marijke de Graaf and her husband are arrested and deported to different concentration camps in Germany. Marijke is given a terrible choice: to suffer a slow death in the labor camp or - for a chance at survival - to join the camp brothel.

On the other side of the barbed wire, SS Officer Karl Müller arrives at the camp hoping to live up to his father’s expectations of wartime glory. When he encounters the newly arrived Marijke, this meeting changes their lives forever.

Woven into the narrative across space and time is Luciano Wagner’s ordeal in 1977 Buenos Aires, during the heat of the Argentine Dirty War. In his struggle to endure military captivity, he searches for ways to resist from a prison cell he may never leave.

From the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, The Dutch Wife is a novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, abuse and resistance, and right and wrong. It is a harrowing and ultimately redemptive story about the capacity of ordinary people to persevere under extraordinary circumstances.

©2018 Ellen Keith (P)2018 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Plotless, Pornographic, Pointless, and Refunded...

Remove the statements that it is like “Lilac Girls” or “The Nightingale.” That puts GREAT historical fiction in the garbage can with “The Dutch Wife,” because it can’t get any worse or more nauseating. It is a total loser of a book and belong in erotica.

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I, like another listener, was sick of it after chapter 9, but skipped through trying to find a purpose in the book. I came to the conclusion it’s trashy pornographer style writing, detailing just about everything than could have been done sexually. Unnecessary but then we have a choice to either not buy or return for refunds. However, we must be informed of the truth about a book and it must be correctly categorized in order for us to be correctly and honestly informed. This type of writing serves a certain audience and I’m not judging. it also sells as sex sells.

If you want good historical fiction like Nightingale, Lilac Girls, “Hearts of Resistance.” You will listen again and again.

JA

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Not to be compared to Nightingale !

Performances were lack luster. The protagonist didn’t sound remotely Dutch (which I can say with a reasonable amount of confidence as I am Dutch - American). Story was tired, predictable and at times grossly unbelievable.

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I wanted a story....

I stopped listening after chapter 9. I was tired of all the sex. I wanted a story of World War II. This book is just not what I want to listen to.

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Great until the end.

I really enjoyed this book, it kept my interest all of the way through. The one drawback was the ending. It was too abrupt, like someone cut off chapters off the end. I felt like the author got bored and so they just tossed in a few pages to end the book.