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Publisher's Summary

London, 1944. Two young nurses meet at a train station with a common purpose: to join the war effort. Scarlet longs for the chance to find her missing fiancé, Thomas, and to prove to her family - and to herself - that she's stronger than everybody thinks. Nursing is in Ellie's blood, but her humble background is vastly different from Scarlet's privileged upbringing. Though Ellie puts on a brave face, she's just as nervous as Scarlet about what awaits them in France.

In Normandy, the two friends soon encounter the seemingly unflappable Lucy. Scarlet and Ellie are in awe of her courage and competence, but the experienced nurse is well aware of the dangers of the job they've chosen - and even she is terrified they won't make it home alive.

Pushed to their limits by the brutality of a world at war, Scarlet, Ellie and Lucy will need to rely on each other - and the power of their friendship - to survive.

©2017 Soraya Lane (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Rather predictable

I was disappointed because I could guess every plot line in advance. Also some parts were quite drawn out and I kept wishing for the story to move forward.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Poor narrator

An average book which I actually enjoyed. However...

The narrator was poor. I have listened to other books she has read and I didn't enjoy them either. Sadly, a poor narrator is a detriment to a decent book. This happened in this case.

Also, this entire book was predictable. There was no real angst and, given the war setting, there should have been a lot. The end of each nurse's story was way too clean - if that's the right term. How did Scarlet ever find Thomas and meet James in the combat theater? Unbelievable!

All that being said, I enjoyed this as an interesting WWII story. I have a soft spot for military nurses as my mother served in WWII as a Navy nurse. If one just enjoys the story it's quite interesting.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Narrator terrible

Could not get past the narrator, had to return the book because of the way it was read.

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Wives of War review

I enjoyed the story and Ellie and Scarlet ‘s relationship during the tragic circumstances surrounding World War II and the horrific experiences for nurses trying to care for severely injured soldiers. Nurses, doctors and soldiers had extreme cases of PTSD that they had no understanding or treatment for time. The bonds that are developed through tragic experiences however are strong and I appreciate that in this novel. The narration was a problem for me as the cadence in the narrator’s voice. The dialogue was fine between characters was fine - just the narration itself was off. Also the characters in the novel were predictable

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I really wanted to enjoy

I really wanted to like this and I've enjoyed similar storylines previously. The narrator's voice starts out okay. I love a good British accent, but it starts to grate with weird pauses between what someone says and "she said" or "he said" with an odd lilt to her voice.

Overall it was okay and interesting 3 storylines woven into one, but I struggled to push through the middle as it drug on a bit.

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Wives of war

Wow !! Just finished hearing/reading this beautiful and soul searching book!!! I am a widow of a Vietnam veteran. Although my hubby wasn't sent to Vietnam, he went overseas for the Jordan Crisis and he told me he had to hit the deck every few minutes. Torpedoes were flying overhead. This situation had me thinking God and his mercy was present in all decision-making his superiors made in NOT sending my future husband to Vietnam. Now having read/listen to this awesome book, I was truly, truly blessed that the only effect/affect that my husband had was some anxiety and mistrust and on high alert for danger. Which with time dissipated and undercontrolled, Thank God, So, I can't imagine how our female characters through all those conditions mentioned and come out of it with a happy ending. Love this book!!


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Wives of war

I was eager to read a story that celebrated the courage of the woman of wwII and I was not disappointed.!!Heather is a wonderful narrator well chosen to read this book.


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Great Story

This is a very good book. Anyone who likes historical fiction will enjoy this book. It's great that it focuses on the women from the war. They saw the bloody horror as well and also died in the service of our country. Great characters, well written, and good narration.

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well crafted story, but narrator almost<br />ruined it

I loved the characters this author created; however, there was a lot of repetition it seemed -- explaining character's emotions or reactions three different ways before moving on -- that threatened to drag the story to a complete halt. Part of the blame goes to the narrator who used a sing-songy delivery throughout the entire book. She sounded bored like she was reading the New York City phone book, White pages at that. I will have to remember this narrators name so that I will not have to endure another book read like this again.

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Not my favorite

I was very satisfied with the story line, but did not like the performance. The woman, Heather Wills was uninteresting with no emotion in her voice. I really wanted to finish the book, but needed to omit several chapters. Will not recommend this book to anyone.

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  • KindleCustomer
  • 11-26-18

Good story - annoying voice!

I like the story - I got the audio free with my Kindle Unlimited version of the book, so I listened to some of it. The story is quite good, I'm not far into it but will keep going as I enjoyed Hearts of Resistance and am hoping this book by the same author is as good.
The audio voice though is terrible - whilst narrating she sounds bored and stilted and the Irish accent is just plain annoying!
I won't be listening to any more of that!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-01-18

Dreadful narrator

The narrator sounded like a computer. Dreadful. Gave up in the first chapter. Shame as I’m sure would have been a lovely story.

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  • Js Hibberd
  • 01-14-18

Disappointed

Didn't enjoy at all thought the narrator was bored no enjoyment voice bland and very uninterested

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  • MaisiMai
  • 12-26-17

Dreadful narration, ruined a good book!

How on earth was Heather Wilds given the job of narrator? Her boring monotonous voice was painful to listen to. I couldn't even mange to get to the end of the first chapter. My computer speaks more "human" than this woman! Does she not understand that there should be a pause at the end of each sentance? This has got to be THE WORST NARRATED BOOK I have ever listened to.......and I've heard some dredful ones in the past but Heather Wilds goes to the top of my list of narrators who I never want to hear again......Absolutely dreadful!

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  • KRayner
  • 12-26-17

Wives of war

What did you like most about Wives of War?

About the young nurses from different backgrounds

What did you like best about this story?

When Scarlett met her fiancee brother james

Which character – as performed by Heather Wilds – was your favourite?

Scarlett and Ellie

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes it was.

Any additional comments?

Wonderful story line told by narrator

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  • Mary Thompson
  • 11-04-17

Average war book

The story line was nothing out of the ordinary but flowed well. The narrator had a deathly boring monotonous voice...it would have been better to have read the book.

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  • Mary Ingate
  • 10-30-17

Wives of war.

Quite a nice story but found the narrator annoying. She sounded like a computer. Hardly any expression in her voice. I think it would have been better to have read it.

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  • Julie Ann Jones
  • 10-25-17

only read 3 chapters the voice of the narrator

the narrator was so bad I struggled to read 3 chapters in can listen anymore

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  • linda hudson
  • 08-25-17

Simple

Not very gripping, to wishy washy. It didn't have enough storylines to keep you hanging on.

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  • Nancy Jane
  • 07-30-17

A romance

This is a very nicely written but predictable story, primarily focused on the romantic lives of the characters. A nice holiday read but shallow.