Sunday, April 12

Book Review: The Diplomat's Wife

Title: The Diplomat's Wife

Author: Pam Jenoff

Pages: 360

Summary: 1945. Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets Paul, an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are dashed when Paul’s plane crashes.

Devastated and pregnant, Marta marries Simon, a caring British diplomat, and glimpses the joy that home and family can bring. But her happiness is threatened when she learns of a Communist spy in British intelligence, and that the one person who can expose the traitor is connected to her past.

My Rating: 9.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: What a stunning book! This had be sucked in from page one. With a powerful and emotional beginning, this book is sure not to disappoint. And there was far more to it then I expected. I excepted far more of a love story, and of course it’s there, but there is a lot of thrilling action and suspense in it. Not in the way you see in thriller books, but there’s an aspect to it in the book, that really keeps the readers attention. I couldn’t not put the book down, except when I was to exhausted to read more. And I just forced my self to save the last 130 pages until I slept, because I didn’t want to miss anything from the book. The writing style is fairly simple, but it’s a good enough style to ensure you don’t become bored. What matter’s the most is the emotional struggles the characters that are heart wrenching at times, shocking at other times. And watching the characters pull them selves together in the aftermaths of WWII. I really enjoyed the author’s portrayal of the emotional stresses the characters went through in the aftermath; I think she handled it extraordinarily well.

The second half of the story was great, a lot of twists and turns, although some were somewhat cliché. But I didn’t mind that they were cliché, because the author did such a fantastic job with her characters and their individual characteristics, that it didn’t matter much for me. Marta is a very strong character to survive a prison camp, and the emotional heartaches she goes through in the book, yet comes out strong - was beautifully done. Only complaint was of the story, which is small, was the clichés and predictable moments, but as I said above, the way the characters were written, I didn’t mind. I’m looking forward to reading the Kommandent’s Girl. Very enjoyable read!

Would I recommend it to read: High recommendations for this book, it’s such an enjoyable read, with great characters. Even if you haven’t read the Kommandent’s Girl first, you won’t have trouble following any of the characters. Although reading this one first my ruin some open questions and story lines, I don’t think anything to important will be lost, by reading this first. Historical fiction fanatics may have issues with it’s historical accurateness (I’m not sure on the level of accuracy, but I know that’s a common problem with most historical fiction). But even so, I would give it a chance, it’s characters and storyline are worth reading.

What to read next: Kommandent's Girl by Jenoff, although I think it should be read first, before this.

Challenges: 100+ Challenge, The 999 Challenge, Support Your Library Challenge,
A - Z Challenge, New Author Challenge, Spring Reading Challenge, WWII Challenge


  1. Glad you recommend this one! I just read where you are a quarter of the way through your book challenge. Way to go!

  2. Thanks! Only 75 books to read for the 100+ (or maybe more)

  3. I read a really good review for this book a long time ago, so thanks for reminding me that I want to read it!

  4. Found this review via Glue! Thanks for sharing it, definitely going to check this book out. Maybe I'll bring it on vacation when I take one (I need one!)

  5. It's worth reading, such a great book. I just wish it was one I owned, rather then a library book.

  6. Great review! Your enthusiasm for the book really comes through. I have put both of these books on my list. Thanks!

  7. I read the Kommandant's Girl and LOVED it! I have this one on my shelf and was hesitant to read it, afraid it wouldn't be as good. Glad to know you liked it.

  8. I loved both of Jenoff's books. Glad to see you enjoyed this one, too. I posted this here on War Through the Generations.

    Diary of an Eccentric

  9. I have the Kommandments Girl waiting on my shelf to be read, I wish I had read it first, but I've heard great things about it.