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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (498 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Joanna Trollope Narrator: Charlotte Anne Dore Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Soldier’s Wife examines how three generations of a family struggle with the impact of war on their relationships, long after the tour of duty is over. Dan Riley is a major in the British Army. After a six-month tour of duty in Afghanistan, he is coming home to the wife and young daughters he adores. The outside world sees these reunions as a taste of heaven after months of hell. But are they? Can a man trained to fight adjust again to family and domestic life? And how will the family cope if he can’t? To what extent can Alexa, Dan’s wife, sacrifice her own needs and fulfillment to support his commitment to a way of life that demands everything, not just of him, but of her and the children as well? What happens when love and a vocation collide head-on? With her trademark intelligence and kind, clear-eyed insight, Joanna Trollope shows us a family striving to balance duty and ambition with intimacy and understanding.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Written with all Trollope’s customary skill and panache, this is an absorbing look at the modern military wife who no longer automatically follows the drum.”

    Mail (London)

  • “A deservedly popular writer, but she isn’t a frivolous one…A cracking read,…compassionate, humorous, and topical.”


  • “Nobody understands the snags and frustrations of family life better than Joanna Trollope…exquisite…a serious story that is unraveled sensitively.”

    Sunday Express (London)

  • “Trollope is on top form, hitting the zeitgeist with this perceptive and compassionate inside story of an army marriage.”

    Women & Home

  • “A penetrating study of military families and the potential conflicts between duty and love, The Soldier’s Wife bears all of Trollope’s trademarks: an affecting, well-constructed story; elegantly restrained prose; explorations of the ramifications of change; and, above all, characters conceived and nurtured with care. Those characters are people we know, people who might be our neighbors, ordinary people rendered with extraordinary perception and grace by an author who never fails to impress and whose journeys into the human condition always satisfy.”

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Claire Sweeney | 2/7/2014

    " Not a real page turner at all..slow moving, nothing spectacular. Certainly not a bad book, but not one that will make your heart race. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Estelle | 2/6/2014

    " Something light for skiing.... Enjoyed the book and liked sharing many characters points of view. Seemed well researched. Difficult for non army people to understand the dynamics. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Colleen | 2/4/2014

    " I read mixed reviews about this one and wasn't sure if I was going to like it (especially because it was about a British soldier's family and the reprecussions of him returning from Afganistan), but it turned out better than I'd expected. Certainly not her best, but still a good read. It's hard to dislike a Joanna Trollope novel! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Mary Hauer | 2/2/2014

    " Usually love Trollope but just couldn't get into this one--too much military stuff for me "

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