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The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes


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Publication Date: May 2020 - Pre-order Now!

Their love is a death sentence. But can it keep them alive?

Czechoslovakia, 1944. In the dead of night, a farm girl and a British soldier creep through abandoned villages. Secretly married and on the run, Bill and Izabela are searching for Izabela's brother and father, who are fighting for the Czech resistance. They know their luck will not last.

Captured by the German army, it seems they must be separated - but they have prepared for this moment. By cutting her hair and pretending to be mute, Izabela successfully disguises herself as a British soldier. Together, they face the terrible conditions of a POW camp, reliant on the help of their fellow POWs to maintain their fragile deception.

Their situation is beyond dangerous. If Izabela is discovered, she and Bill - and all the men who helped them - will face lethal consequences.

A debut novel set in war-torn Czechoslovakia amid the extreme privations of a prisoner of war camp. Based on a true story, passion, heroism and a love that transcends overwhelming odds.

'Heart wrenching and heart-warming in equal measure, The Prisoner's Wife is an unputdownable novel. Finely crafted, atmospheric, often nail-biting, this is an excellent addition to the WW2 canon. A (bloody) great read.' BEN KANE, author of The Eagles of Rome series

'A gripping debut novel that explores the question of how much the human body, and the human spirit, can endure for the sake of love. The wealth of authentic detail makes it feel like the memoir of an exceptional young woman. I feel enriched to have read it.' GILL PAUL, author of The Lost Daughter and The Secret Wife

'Based on the experiences of real people and real events, The Prisoner's Wife seamlessly and skilfully breathes intense, fully realised life into the stark scenes it describes. The author shows us love's ability to inspire the deepest devotion as well as acts of unimaginable sacrifice and bravery. I was by turns moved, outraged and humbled' DEBORAH KAY DAVIES, author of True Things About Me

'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. A wonderful book!' CHANEL CLEETON, New York Times bestselling author of 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.' MARIE BENEDICT, New York Times bestselling 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.' SUSAN MEISSNER, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War

'The phenomenal story of an incomparably brave and formidable woman, this is perhaps the most unique World War II story I've ever read.. Romantic, perfectly observed, inspiring, and thrilling - The Prisoner's Wife is impossible to put down - and when I did, I was teary-eyed. A complete winner.' SARAH-JANE STRATFORD, author of Red Letter Days

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