Thursday, April 17, 2014

The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff Review

Title: The Diplomat's Wife
Author: Pam Jenoff
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance
Series: The Kommandant's Girl, book two
Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: Though not as good as its predecessor, and slow at first, I enjoyed The Diplomat's Wife.

This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

Marta Nedermann has barely escaped the horror of World War II with her life. Battered, bruised, and ready to move on with her life, Marta finds love again with a rough American soldier named Paul. After a whirlwind engagement, the two make plans to meet in London--but her hopes are dashed when his plane crashes. Desperate, devastated, and pregnant, she marries Simon, a sweet, kind British diplomat, and at last finds peace in having a home and family. But when Communist spies are suspected in British intelligence, Marta has no choice but to face the ghosts of her past, and maybe, just maybe, expose the deception..

What I enjoyed:
-The tense, frightened time of post-wartime Europe, described so accurately by Jenoff
-The premise of this novel was good--in that way, it was reminiscent of The Kommandant's Girl
-I liked the way deception was woven so accurately into the novel
-Marta, but I only liked her after a while--she seemed really unsympathetic to me at first and I had a hard time relating to her, but it got better as the novel went on
-The later half of the book's pacing was good
-I loved the cameos that came into the book, particularly Emma and Marek
-Paul
-Dava and Rose
-Delia and Charles
-Rachel
-The ending

What could've been better:
-The first half of the book's pacing seemed really slow
-Simon seemed really fake, even before everything happened
-As I said before, it was hard for me to relate to Marta at first, and I wasn't too sympathetic to her situation

I liked The Diplomat's Wife--it was an enjoyable read. Next on deck: The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton!

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