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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 Ell 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.


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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 Ell 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.

30 review for Wives of War

  1. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne Leopold (Suzy Approved Book Reviews)

    Two British nurses volunteer to work at a battlefield hospital during World War 2. Scarlet is seeking information about her soldier fiance since his correspondence has ceased. Ellie has prior experience as a nurse and feels that she can contribute immediately to the war effort. Both women are apprehensive about the risks involved but they are determined to make a difference. Their paths converge while on a train headed to their assignment and a lifelong friendship is formed. In France they meet Two British nurses volunteer to work at a battlefield hospital during World War 2. Scarlet is seeking information about her soldier fiance since his correspondence has ceased. Ellie has prior experience as a nurse and feels that she can contribute immediately to the war effort. Both women are apprehensive about the risks involved but they are determined to make a difference. Their paths converge while on a train headed to their assignment and a lifelong friendship is formed. In France they meet Lucy, an experienced nurse who is charge of operations. At first Lucy shows no interest in developing friendships but eventually she takes the women under her wing. While stationed in Normandy, the fighting escalates and they encounter tireless amounts of soldiers. The casualties are horrific and the working conditions are poor. Scared that they might never make it home, they remain courageous, and rely on one another for support. This story has a nice mix of historical fiction and romance. It shows how deep bonds can develop during the worst of times. I enjoyed this novel by Soraya M. Lane.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Squeaky

    This is not historical fiction, this is a romance book with some very weak historical facts trying to hold it together. A disappointed Kindle First read book. According to the description it was supposed to hit right in my sweet spot... WW2 historical novel, with nurses as the main focus. This sorely disappointed. Besides the HUGE historical mistakes, the writing was sophomoric. Every thing that happened to Scarlet (not a name I would think someone of upper class Britain would name their daughte This is not historical fiction, this is a romance book with some very weak historical facts trying to hold it together. A disappointed Kindle First read book. According to the description it was supposed to hit right in my sweet spot... WW2 historical novel, with nurses as the main focus. This sorely disappointed. Besides the HUGE historical mistakes, the writing was sophomoric. Every thing that happened to Scarlet (not a name I would think someone of upper class Britain would name their daughter in the 1920's), is reflected back in detail. The plot is mired in this back and forth back and forth. "Scarlet turned to the girl on her right, Rose. She'd spent some time with her the night before caring for a patient with a head injury... " Action, and then back action. We're leaving the old house, the old house we stayed in for 2 days- dark and mysterious, the small bed... yada yada. Also the best friends for life thing was established in the first minutes of the novel, the man of affection is established by 7% and then everything aligns to fit. This is beyond cheesy, absolutely no depth, and I feel gypped out of my Kindle First Read.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kerry

    Stunning and captivating, WIVES OF WAR is an epic story of friendship, survival, and resilience. Ms. Lane's accomplished writing quickly drew me into the lives of Scarlet, Ellie, and Lucy and kept me enthralled until the last page. I cheered them on during their triumphs and felt the anguish of their tragedies. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and highly recommend.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com Wives of War is about three young military nurses who form a friendship during one of the most difficult periods in their lives. It’s told from all three of their perspectives and I equally enjoyed hearing from each other them. Scarlet is from a well off family and her family is not pleased when she joins the war effort. Although she wants to help as much as she can, she’s also hoping while she’s away she can find her missing fiancé. Ellie is All of my reviews can be found on www.novelgossip.com Wives of War is about three young military nurses who form a friendship during one of the most difficult periods in their lives. It’s told from all three of their perspectives and I equally enjoyed hearing from each other them. Scarlet is from a well off family and her family is not pleased when she joins the war effort. Although she wants to help as much as she can, she’s also hoping while she’s away she can find her missing fiancé. Ellie is from a more humble background, she’s a charming, fun Irish lass with a heart of gold and then there is Lucy, a smart, hardworking woman with a tough exterior. They were all inspiring, strong young women willing to take risks to do what is right. As much as the story focused on the friendship between the women it was also heavy on the romance as well. There were three separate love stories that also intertwined at times and though there were cases of instant love and intense romances, I wasn’t bothered here because I think it fit the time period. These young people were so scared and facing such an uncertain future that they clung to one another just to have some small slice of happiness in their lives. I found it to be hopelessly romantic and totally swoon worthy! All the leads changed dramatically throughout and I loved cheering them along as they grew and matured. I so wanted them all to find happiness and their relationships with each other were sweet and endearing. At it’s core, this was a beautiful story of friendship and hope steeped in tragedy, I really enjoyed it.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Allison6876

    I'm a fan of both WWII and romance novels so I had high hopes for this book. However, I was disappointed. Lack of character development and 'insta' love made for a book that read like poorly written YA. Lots of potential but fails to deliver.

  6. 5 out of 5

    The Lit Bitch

    It’s been a long time since I have sought out an author to do a review. Most of the time, books come my way and if it sounds like something I might like or in the mood for, then I review it. However with Wives of War, I saw the book on my Twitter feed and it totally grabbed my attention and for one reason….I loved the cover. In my never fending Twitter feed, I see tons of books go by. But with this one, the cover caught my eye which promoted me to read the description. It sounded like something to It’s been a long time since I have sought out an author to do a review. Most of the time, books come my way and if it sounds like something I might like or in the mood for, then I review it. However with Wives of War, I saw the book on my Twitter feed and it totally grabbed my attention and for one reason….I loved the cover. In my never fending Twitter feed, I see tons of books go by. But with this one, the cover caught my eye which promoted me to read the description. It sounded like something totally up my alley so I asked if I could review it. I was thrilled when the author agreed. I’m a sucker for WWII novels with romance but this sounded different because it also focused on the the friendship between two women. I really really loved this book. Sure there were technical things that were a little irritating and wanting, but on the whole this was a great read for me. Some things were cliche…..love at first sights, best friends from hello…..that sort of thing. Sure it was unlikely and a little juvenile but yet I personally didn’t mind. There were some historical inaccuracies but I am willing to give the author creative license with that because this isn’t a history book, this is a historical FICTION book so any mistakes the book had weren’t really that big of a deal for me. I like character driven novels so setting is often secondary. If you are looking for something heavy on the historical research then you might want to look elsewhere. I noticed that some of the dialogue lacked the ring of authenticity. There were a lot of American phrases and lingo but yet the characters were supposed to be British. So that was a little bothersome but again, I didn’t go into this book thinking everything was going to be spot on when it came to historical accuracy. I read it because I wanted something casual. So what did I like about this book? I was in it for the characters and the romance. I loved the three female leads. They were interesting and believable characters. I cared what happened to them and wanted them each to find love. I felt attached to each of them and wanted to share in their hopes and felt sad at their miseries. Some reviewers complained about the ‘insta love’ amidst the horrors or war but honestly that didn’t bother me. In fact I felt like it actually worked rather well and gave a ring of truth to the romances. Often in times of war, soldiers (and nurses) don’t know if they are going to live and die so suddenly this ‘live in the moment’ mentality takes over and things happen quickly….typically more quickly than in normal circumstances. There were a number of marriages wheres couples met while a soldier was on leave for two weeks and suddenly married when he returned to his post. So the whole insta love in a war rang true for me. While others might not have liked it, I thought it was fine. Overall I really really liked this book. The story moved quickly and I loved watching the romances unfold. The war played a big role in the novel and helped create an atmospheric novel that I think many readers will enjoy, especially for those who love WWII romances (like me). It had the perfect mixture of sadness/tragedy, love, and friendship. A very worthwhile summer read! See my full review here

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anne OK

    FIRST AND FOREMOST, let me emphasize that this book is categorized as “FICTION.”  There may be some readers that take issue with the extent to which the author has taken liberties with the historical details -- but I still found its message to be an interesting journey back in time to the days of those brave warriors who have been pronounced by many as the “greatest generation.”   And secondly, after reading several reviews comparing Wives of War to a “hallmark romance,” I felt the need to clarif FIRST AND FOREMOST, let me emphasize that this book is categorized as “FICTION.”  There may be some readers that take issue with the extent to which the author has taken liberties with the historical details -- but I still found its message to be an interesting journey back in time to the days of those brave warriors who have been pronounced by many as the “greatest generation.”   And secondly, after reading several reviews comparing Wives of War to a “hallmark romance,” I felt the need to clarify that I happen to enjoy a weekend visit to the Hallmark Channel.  Yes, they are clean as a whistle, but they always carry a nicely wrapped message to pass along that brings no harm to anyone. I'm a sucker for a good WWII romance, and the cover on this book immediately drew my attention.  After reading the book blurb, I one-clicked hoping for another winning historical fiction from this era.  And, indeed, I found exactly that.   A character-driven novel cast against the backdrop of World War II, portraying three young British women who, for very different reasons, train and volunteer for service as battlefield nurses during the days just prior to D-Day until the end of World War II.  The story is told from the perspective of each of the three main characters.  The landing on Normandy was especially meaningful for me because, throughout my life, I’ve heard my dad tell his stories of driving his tank onto the beach and into hell where he lost his best friend that day.  The author maps the progression of the friendships between the three strangers, their triumphs over fears they never imagined, and finally their own personal love stories found on war torn battlegrounds.  I loved getting acquainted with Scarlet, Ellie and Lucy, and I was captivated with each one’s background, upbringing and motivation. Scarlet reigns from wealth.  Her family is unhappy with her decision to join the war efforts.  With her fiancé missing in action, she hopes that being closer to the frontlines will aid in finding him.  From a more modest background, Ellie is a charming Irish lass, who is kind-hearted and giving.  And Lucy is the strong and smart one -- she works hard and hides her true self behind a hardshell on the outside. The storyline is predictable but still captivating.  Romance is central to the story and passionately written, but the non-explicit sex scenes shouldn't offend anyone.  The writing style is straightforward.  And that may have been purposely planned regarding the time period, setting and nature of the matters at hand.  The pacing was even and moved along at a nice clip.  Characterizations could have been developed a bit stronger in my opinion. Oh sure, in some cases there was a necessity to stretch the imagination regarding the cases of insta-love matches and BFF (best friends forever) from the start.  Most times, those are far-fetched.  And yes, there were some historical inaccuracies – but you were forewarned that this isn’t a textbook, but fiction.  All in all, I enjoyed reading this nicely put together saga that perfects the blending of sadness and joy, loss and growth, with friendship and love.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    Wives of War was a heart-wrenching historical romance set during World War Two. I admired the strong women in this book. This story focuses on the lives of three young female military nurses, their day to day lives and struggles during such a harrowing war, the friendship that develops between them and their love lives. This was a very enjoyable story, if somewhat emotional and a little hard to digest at times, especially when I reminded myself real men and women went through this. It worked rea Wives of War was a heart-wrenching historical romance set during World War Two. I admired the strong women in this book. This story focuses on the lives of three young female military nurses, their day to day lives and struggles during such a harrowing war, the friendship that develops between them and their love lives. This was a very enjoyable story, if somewhat emotional and a little hard to digest at times, especially when I reminded myself real men and women went through this. It worked really well as an audiobook. I borrowed this through Amazon Kindle Unlimited.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joan Buell

    Stories of love among nurses at war As a nurse, and reader of all things WWII, I chose this book as a Kindle First book for the month. It was a bit of a disappointment, with young women falling in love at first sight in spite of the horrors of war around them. Resolution of problems happens very simplIstically and improbably. Yet I did keep reading, and did care about the characters. There were some errors of context, with these British women seeming more American in their speech, and in some ph Stories of love among nurses at war As a nurse, and reader of all things WWII, I chose this book as a Kindle First book for the month. It was a bit of a disappointment, with young women falling in love at first sight in spite of the horrors of war around them. Resolution of problems happens very simplIstically and improbably. Yet I did keep reading, and did care about the characters. There were some errors of context, with these British women seeming more American in their speech, and in some phrases and actions not fitting into the 1940's. As for the GI who couldn't remember his name...did they not have dog tags then? If this were simply a romance book, it would be fine. It is definitely not in the class of historical fiction.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ann Cooper

    Not for me This was a romance that placed itself in the most terrible scenes of war. I know the nurses of war time put themselves in danger and were brave and stoic and skilled, but making this a story of boy meets girl amid the horror seemed to trivialize the things real nurses went through.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Berit☀️✨

    There are so many fabulous books written about WWII, this just fell very short for me.... I felt the war itself and all the issues in this book were just kind of background to the romance; and I am a fan of romance.... for example Scarlet (who I did really like) has gone to France as a nurse to look for her missing fiancé... then there is a unbelievable love triangle, that is resolved in my opinion completely wrong..... this was probably a major problem girls getting engaged or married to men the There are so many fabulous books written about WWII, this just fell very short for me.... I felt the war itself and all the issues in this book were just kind of background to the romance; and I am a fan of romance.... for example Scarlet (who I did really like) has gone to France as a nurse to look for her missing fiancé... then there is a unbelievable love triangle, that is resolved in my opinion completely wrong..... this was probably a major problem girls getting engaged or married to men they hardly knew during the war... so meeting someone else that is better suited to them probably not unlikely, however in this case who this person was and how the situation was solved, was just unbelievable and skirted around a major issue.... I love a light fluffy romance, but it shouldn't take place during war and with such heavy issues...

  12. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    This is probably the second-to-last worst book I've ever read. I only finished it out of pride, I think, because there was no other reason to finish it. A book as cheesy as it can get, totally predictable, I am surprised my eye sockets are still in place after all the eye-rolling I did while reading it. Do yourself a favour and invest your time elsewhere

  13. 5 out of 5

    chloe ♡

    Ahhh. Historical fiction. What is this book about? In this book, three brave nurses join the war effort. They are afraid and unsure of what awaits them, yet they try to hide it and comfort each other. During the war, they develop a deep friendship. Cover I love this cover so much! When I first saw this book in a Kindle ad, I was immediately interested. I can't help judging a book by its cover! The background is a sky filled with smoke, probably because of the bombing. On the cover, there are three w Ahhh. Historical fiction. What is this book about? In this book, three brave nurses join the war effort. They are afraid and unsure of what awaits them, yet they try to hide it and comfort each other. During the war, they develop a deep friendship. Cover I love this cover so much! When I first saw this book in a Kindle ad, I was immediately interested. I can't help judging a book by its cover! The background is a sky filled with smoke, probably because of the bombing. On the cover, there are three women, and I love the one standing in front the most. She looks so smart in uniform! Characters I admire all three of the women in the story. They are all strong and courageous. Lucy wants to become a doctor, although female doctors are unheard of then. Ellie always tries to lighten the mood when the three of them feel terrible. Scarlet is always willing to share with others and listen to what they have to say. Conclusion This book is amazing! 4.5 stars!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Victoria

    Scarlet left her privileged life and joins the Red Cross in order to find her fiancé Thomas, who’s gone missing somewhere in France. During her journey to Normandy, she befriends with two different women. Ellie, Irish, poor and determinate to help the men on the battlefield. Lucy a hardworking and experienced nurse, who dreams of becoming a doctor. Together they try fulfilling their duty and surviving the horrible battles in northern France. I wanted so bad to love this book! Plot-wise it had so Scarlet left her privileged life and joins the Red Cross in order to find her fiancé Thomas, who’s gone missing somewhere in France. During her journey to Normandy, she befriends with two different women. Ellie, Irish, poor and determinate to help the men on the battlefield. Lucy a hardworking and experienced nurse, who dreams of becoming a doctor. Together they try fulfilling their duty and surviving the horrible battles in northern France. I wanted so bad to love this book! Plot-wise it had so much potential. Three women coming from different backgrounds meet on the battlefield in Normandy. I was expecting to read an inspiring story of brave women who could leave their safe homes to follow their men to war and fight alongside with them.  I’m so sad and angry, the novel didn’t meet my expectations at all! First, I didn’t feel that the writing is accurate to the time period. I cannot imagine a lady from upper-class in Britain addressing a man who she just met by his first name! I didn't feel I was reading about the 40’s more like contemporary high school kind of read. Also, I can’t see how she would spill all of the details of her personal life to a complete stranger on a train station! What about the manners? The characters were cliché and so over the top. If Ellie is supposed to be this funky, bubbly, all positive kind of girl, so she giggles, jokes and laughs ALL THE TIME even in the most inappropriate moments. In fact, I didn’t believe any of the instant friendships between them. So as the instant love between the girls and their men. One look at the guy and OMG he’s so handsome, she’s in love and she doesn’t care about nursing, war effort, and her life goals. Secondly, I’m sorry but it’s not historical fiction but a very cheesy romance. The focus is mainly on flirting. They seemed so independent and wanting to contribute to the war effort at the beginning but it ended up being only about getting a man. Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a bit of romance in my historical fiction but this book is about flirting with soldiers/doctors and nothing else! Imagine a picture: a battlefield, soldiers bleeding to death, shooting, bombing, and Ellie is thinking, “Doctor Handsome smiled at me.” Scarlet is thinking, “I can’t pick between the two men! #EyeRoll Overall, the drama and the plot “twists” were very predictable and I felt like the author is looking for the easy ways to solve the conflicts. Very disappointing...

  15. 5 out of 5

    Crystal

    I enjoyed this one. Good choice from the kindle first program. I love this era, so it was an easy read for me. I liked learning about Scarlett, Lucy and Ellie. Definitely recommend if you like historical fiction.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Wives of War by Soraya Lane is a story of despair and of darkness in the trying times of 1940’s that test the faith and the courage of unsound heroes—of doctors and nurses on the battle field, caring for the injured, of soldiers fighting for freedom. The devastation described in this book clutched at my heart. It is stark and heartbreaking. I felt the deep pain of these characters. They are each strong and capable in their unique way yet their delicate emotions get rip to shreds with the demoral Wives of War by Soraya Lane is a story of despair and of darkness in the trying times of 1940’s that test the faith and the courage of unsound heroes—of doctors and nurses on the battle field, caring for the injured, of soldiers fighting for freedom. The devastation described in this book clutched at my heart. It is stark and heartbreaking. I felt the deep pain of these characters. They are each strong and capable in their unique way yet their delicate emotions get rip to shreds with the demoralization of human life all around them. This emotional tearjerker will leave you breathless. It will stir your soul. It will wreck havoc with your mind. It is hilarious at times but the dreadful war taking place within the pages will bother you. I saw the brutal scenes through the eyes of each character stretch out before me in dramatic detail. I loved Ellie and Scarlet. Though they come from different backgrounds—Ellie is a poor country girl and Scarlet is the belle of society girl—they connect and bond instantly. Sharing mutual sisterly respect for each other and keeping each other's spirits up when everything around them fall apart. Scarlet doesn't act privileged in any way. I admired her. She showed how courageous she is by leaving her family to become a nurse with hopes of finding her dear Thomas, her fiancé. Her journey throughout the book is tough and eye opening. It is on the train, to her station as a nurse, where she meets Ellie and their friendship is sealed at that moment. Ellie is charming and brave with always a ready smile to cheer the downtrodden. But behind her smile hides her fear. I wanted to reach out to her and tell her to keep being brave. Handsome Dr. Spencer takes her mind off things only if it's just for a while. Lucy. What can I say about her? She has seen death and injury up close. She’s seen a doctor take his life, seen soldiers die... I don't think I have the guts like her to be where she is and see what she has and still be strong throughout it all. James. James is tender, wise and sometimes he speaks his mind. I found his wisdom to be soothing. The passionate chaos that is his attraction to Scarlet is a bright light under a gloomy, horribly dank Sussex sky. On the ship while sailing to Normandy, he’s there too and without knowing that his presence gives Scarlet the strength to keep it together when all she wants is to fall apart. To flee. To return home. But she doesn’t. What shocked me the most was that first plot twist! I literally gasped when I reached that part, because I never for one second saw it coming. Now, I can go on and on about this book but I won't. Not because I'm lazy (I'm not) but rather because I feel if I did continue I might slip up and reveal vital bits of the plot. In summation, here are just a few reasons why Wives of War by Soraya Lane consumed me from the start and found a place in my heart: 1. It is a captivating, emotionally stirring, haunting and raw. Once you start reading you find yourself not wanting to put the book down! ‘War changes you, makes you realise the errors of the past sometimes,’ James replied. 2. The lush prose. ‘I think of that night so often – the way he kissed me when it was dark, when no one could see. Our teeth kind of bumped and his moustache was bristly against my lips, but it was amazing. I mean . . .’ 3. The sometimes inspirational and raw dialogue. "Smile and the world will see the woman you want them to see, no matter how you feel inside." "There was so little to look forward to, and so much sadness surrounding them. Was it so wrong to anticipate a night of fun?" 4. The courageous cast. ‘We’re going to be fine, I promise,’ Ellie said, patting her arm as a whistle blew. 5. The scenes literally burst to life in your mind. "At least I know how the other side lives now. We all sat around our dinner table, my brothers and me, with Ma and Pa, and at night Pa’d read to us in front of the fire. We didn’t have a lot, but we had full bellies most of the time and there was plenty of laughter and hugs.’" Overall, Wives of War is a sterling read from a writer who deserves every bit of praise for such an intense and absorbing tale. Highly Recommended 5 Stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Vikki Vaught

    Great read! Loved these three women's journey. So pleased this one had a happy ending. Happy reading!

  18. 5 out of 5

    booklover BEV

    Enjoyed I really enjoyed this book. I love WW books. Scarlet is the main character doing her bit for the war waiting to hear from her fiance. Who is away fighting but an encounter with his brother changes all that. This book gripped me into the story from the first chapter and my first by this author and won't be my last

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    This was a lovely historical read about three girls who volunteer to nurse abroad during the war. Scarlet is hoping to find her fiance who is missing in action and believes she will be in the best place to do that. It's a heartwarming book about great friendships and romances developing in difficult circumstances. They experience some horrific incidents and regret signing up to nurse. The conditions are extremely poor and it really does make you realise just how difficult life was for everyone d This was a lovely historical read about three girls who volunteer to nurse abroad during the war. Scarlet is hoping to find her fiance who is missing in action and believes she will be in the best place to do that. It's a heartwarming book about great friendships and romances developing in difficult circumstances. They experience some horrific incidents and regret signing up to nurse. The conditions are extremely poor and it really does make you realise just how difficult life was for everyone during the war. They all deserve our lasting respect for everything they did.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Nikki (Saturday Nite Reader)

    3.5 stars Being an audio book, it took me a bit of time to get into. At least a quarter of the way through I felt one of the love stories sort of reminded me of the movie Pearl Harbor. The story follows 2 women who meet while on their way to become war nurses. They eventually meet another nurse who they befriend as well. Each woman's reason for volunteering and finding love during war are the focal points of the book. If you enjoy historical fiction and love stories, this is a quick read. ("listen 3.5 stars Being an audio book, it took me a bit of time to get into. At least a quarter of the way through I felt one of the love stories sort of reminded me of the movie Pearl Harbor. The story follows 2 women who meet while on their way to become war nurses. They eventually meet another nurse who they befriend as well. Each woman's reason for volunteering and finding love during war are the focal points of the book. If you enjoy historical fiction and love stories, this is a quick read. ("listen")

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Rosenberg

    Such an interesting perspective to experience war through these three young nurses. Their courage and friendship pull them through the grueling years. Soraya Lane's writing sweeps you away with their pain and triumphs.

  22. 4 out of 5

    A.BookNerd.Bookseller&Bibliophile.Blog

    What an amazing story of three women who during a time of war, selfishly give themselves to the war as nurses. Wives of War follows Lucy, Scarlet and Ellie. What they endure, sacrifice and how they eventually heal from the ravages of war. I know this book is fiction, but I could honestly see how every experience that Lucy, Scarlet and Ellie went through could have actually happened to women of that time. I highly recommend Wives of War and Ms. Lanes other books. Her writing has a way of drawing yo What an amazing story of three women who during a time of war, selfishly give themselves to the war as nurses. Wives of War follows Lucy, Scarlet and Ellie. What they endure, sacrifice and how they eventually heal from the ravages of war. I know this book is fiction, but I could honestly see how every experience that Lucy, Scarlet and Ellie went through could have actually happened to women of that time. I highly recommend Wives of War and Ms. Lanes other books. Her writing has a way of drawing you in and making feel as if you are part of the story. Well done! ~A Book Nerd

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    It was ok. I didn’t realize was a romance, I was just interested in the women/war theme. Not bad by itself. But there was so little detail. Mostly just back and forth talk about their love lives and what they wanted in their love lives. I doubt I would search out the author again.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Kerry Anne King

    I've always been fascinated by stories of nurses during the war. So many of them were ill equipped either emotionally or by training for what they were about to encounter. Although, as I always remind myself, it's not possible to really be equipped for that horror. Soraya takes us on a journey with young women who sign up as nurses for very different reasons, and who are all faced with the challenge of digging deeply to find the strength to do what needs to be done in difficult times.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Martin

    I struggled with this book. While I really liked the characters, the story line was repetitive and predictable. Definitely not a favorite for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    christine ✩

    what the heck, i wanted to actually like this book. the nursing details were accurate enough for me to still give this two stars (few liberties taken for plot), but the dang characters... were uh, cliche. and Scarlet and her story were so a n n o y i n g Lucy & Jack were kinda *too* perfect tbh (and Lucy, randomly swept off her feet by a random man? Lucy? i doubt it) Ellie didn't sound like an irish girl (not that i would know, but it was so american) what the heck, i wanted to actually like this book. the nursing details were accurate enough for me to still give this two stars (few liberties taken for plot), but the dang characters... were uh, cliche. and Scarlet and her story were so a n n o y i n g Lucy & Jack were kinda *too* perfect tbh (and Lucy, randomly swept off her feet by a random man? Lucy? i doubt it) Ellie didn't sound like an irish girl (not that i would know, but it was so american)

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I am a fan of WWII themed books. What drew me to this book was the summary. You can never read enough stories about the brave women that helped during the war. Lucy, Scarlet, and Ellie were good. I liked they as individuals and together as friends. Yet, I found this story to be on the bland side. Instead of jumping right into the story and getting lost in it; I found myself struggling to read a few chapters at a time. Besides the three women, there really wasn't much happening in regards to acti I am a fan of WWII themed books. What drew me to this book was the summary. You can never read enough stories about the brave women that helped during the war. Lucy, Scarlet, and Ellie were good. I liked they as individuals and together as friends. Yet, I found this story to be on the bland side. Instead of jumping right into the story and getting lost in it; I found myself struggling to read a few chapters at a time. Besides the three women, there really wasn't much happening in regards to action or any of the other characters to drew me to them. Even the romance was on the light side. This book help promise but it did not deliver for me.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Nas Dean

    WIVES OF WAR by author Soraya Lane is a Lake Union Publishing release for July 2017. This was an epic story of survival with grit and determination during the war. The lives of Lucy, Scarlet and Ellie as depicted on the pages kept me captivated. I cried with them when tragedy befell them and celebrated their triumphs with them. Author Soraya Lane’s writing is spell-binding. Though this story starts with a bit slower pace but then once you get into it, it will keep a reader enthralled. Highly reco WIVES OF WAR by author Soraya Lane is a Lake Union Publishing release for July 2017. This was an epic story of survival with grit and determination during the war. The lives of Lucy, Scarlet and Ellie as depicted on the pages kept me captivated. I cried with them when tragedy befell them and celebrated their triumphs with them. Author Soraya Lane’s writing is spell-binding. Though this story starts with a bit slower pace but then once you get into it, it will keep a reader enthralled. Highly recommended for readers.

  29. 5 out of 5

    belva hullp

    Kindle; WWII; historical fiction; I found this novel to be very good for what it is; romantic historical fiction. Three young women of different backgrounds decide to join up for the nursing war effort in 1944. Two of them, Ellie and Scarlet, meet in London while waiting for the train to take them to their first training destination. Ellie is an Irish lass. She comes from a working class family & her 3 brothers have all enlisted. She already has some experience in nursing as she worked with her mo Kindle; WWII; historical fiction; I found this novel to be very good for what it is; romantic historical fiction. Three young women of different backgrounds decide to join up for the nursing war effort in 1944. Two of them, Ellie and Scarlet, meet in London while waiting for the train to take them to their first training destination. Ellie is an Irish lass. She comes from a working class family & her 3 brothers have all enlisted. She already has some experience in nursing as she worked with her mother, a midwife, from her childhood days. Scarlet, on the other hand, is a debutante who is newly engaged to an enlisted man who is also a child of the affluent. Upon reaching their field hospital in Normandy Ellie & Scarlet meet and become friends with Nurse Lucy from London. Her unit has arrived as part of the Royal Air Force. Lucy wants to study to become a doctor after the war. Within a short time all 3 nurses have love interests but there is much more to the story than romance. The author has researched WWII injuries, burns, amputations and treatments. She has included much of this within the story. I liked how Lane grew her characters and found this book to be an interesting read and it easily held my attention.

  30. 5 out of 5

    JoAnn Stearns

    Thought it had potential The story sounded like it would be right up my alley, but I found the writing rather simplistic and repetitive. I was curious about the fate of the main characters, but I couldn't bring myself to read every word on every page. I skimmed through 3\4 of the book just to get to the end. I probably won't attempt another book by this author.

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