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Publisher's Summary

Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves.

In the dead of night, a Czech farm girl and a British soldier travel through the countryside. Izabela and prisoner of war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, with Izzy dressed as a man. The young husband and wife evade capture for as long as possible - until they are cornered by Nazi soldiers with tracking dogs. 

Izzy's disguise works. The couple are assumed to be escaped British soldiers and transported to a POW camp. However, their ordeal has just begun, as they face appalling living conditions and the constant fear of Izzy's exposure. But in the midst of danger and deprivation comes hope, for the young couple are befriended by a small group of fellow prisoners. These men become their new family, willing to jeopardize their lives to save Izzy from being discovered and shot. 

The Prisoner's Wife tells of an incredible risk and of how our deepest bonds are tested in desperate times. Bill and Izzy's story is one of love and survival against the darkest odds.

©2020 Maggie Brookes (P)2020 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

The Prisoner’s Wife is a powerful love story that exquisitely depicts the courage and strength of the human spirit in the face of the tremendous cost of war. Historical fiction lovers will be immersed in the rich detail and impeccably researched setting. A wonderful book!” (Chanel Cleeton, New York Times best-selling author The Last Train to Key West)  

"A powerful page-turner, The Prisoner's Wife shares the inspiring tale of a courageous historical woman as she risks her life through a countryside ravaged by World War II and suffers through the dangers of living as a man in a POW camp to stay with her beloved husband. Based a breathtaking true story, the novel explores the indomitability of one woman's spirit, and offers a unique perspective on a lesser-seen side of war." (Marie Benedict, New York Times best-selling author of Lady Clementine

“You will be spellbound by this stellar debut. So richly imbued with sensory details you’ll be feeling every anguished moment and every golden ray of hope. What a beautifully wrought tribute to the real prisoner’s wife, wherever she may be.” (Susan Meissner, best-selling author of The Last Year of the War

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The first part read like a teen girls love story

The book could have been abridged and been just as good. Since it was fictional after all cause it was an old mans memory it ended too suddenly. I felt it was incomplete since it was historical fiction I would have liked to have know what happened to relevant people in the story. Her family The first pow they meet. It left me wanting more details That COULD have been supplied since it was maybe based loosely on possible true story

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Narration was bad

The narration was so horrible I skipped through all the chapters to land at the end. It was probably a good story but unfortunately I could not get past the female reader. yes, just a reader with no personality.

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Good but ended abruptly

Overall the story was good. It’s fascinating that this is based off of a real story the author heard from a ww2 veteran who survived a pow camp. I understand that the author wanted to stick as close to factual truth that she could but I’m disappointed that the author didn’t take creative liberties and give satisfying endings to other characters in the story, or even a longer epilogue for bill and Izzy.
The female narrator’s voice was nasal at times and her accent was a bit off, some of the pronunciation of words didn’t seem quite in tune to the character and at times it was distracting and took me away from the story. Overall a solid book, not the best but not the worst

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Izzy is so repetitive

She was mute in the camps, but in her head (and narrated) she kept repeating the same phrases over and over. The ending of this book was sudden and, incomplete. There should have been at least 2 more chapters with how much droning on had happened in the middle. Yet, to know this historical fiction tale was based on one Czech woman's actual life story makes me nauseous! Her bravery in the end was only matched by her naivety in the beginning!

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An excellent addition to a WWII Library

Captivating from beginning to end. I liked how the narrative switched from male to female throughout. Both were excellent narrators. Very different from most WWII novels. A different perspective.

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What incredible courage

This story is about people who have more courage and determination to survive you can’t help but be amazed by them. I loved this book.

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Would not recommend with these narrators.

The female voice is pleasant, but more practice is needed to improve tone and inflection. And, better control of breathing. The make voice was good, when speaking for a male, but not the female.
Loved the story. Excellent writing!

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Sweet and poignant Holocaust love story

Really loved the characters in this love story set during the Holocaust. From the forbidden romance between a young British P.O.W. Bill and native, impulsive farm girl Izzy, to the surprising friends they meet, I loved them all.

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Captivating Story and Presentation

I don’t usually rate and review, but I wanted to with this one. The story is incredible and it is delivered beautifully by Alicia Suszka-Fielder. Not only is the story gripping, but it’s told in a poetic and poignant way. I’ve read/listened to many war time stories, but this one stands above many of the better known and widely recognized titles. This one deserves an award or two.

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The story has potential but the book is boring

The narrators are pleasant to listen to but the book itself describes a lot of details that are unimportant.
It’s like they tell you a lot and they tell you nothing at the same time, I didn’t like that.
It is also unrealistically corny at times, perhaps a teenager would enjoy this better than a >30 year old woman.