Author : Adrienne Chinn
Publisher : HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN : 9780008314576
About The English Wife
Two women, a world apart. A secret waiting to be discovered
VE Day 1945: As victory bells ring out across the country, war bride Ellie Burgess happiness is overshadowed by grief. Her charismatic Newfoundlander husband Thomas is still missing in action.
Until a letter arrives explaining Thomas is back at home on the other side of the Atlantic recovering from his injuries.
Travelling to a distant country to live with a man she barely knows is the bravest thing Ellie has ever had to do. But nothing can prepare her for the harsh realities of her new home
September 11th 2001: Sophie Parry is on a plane to New York on the most tragic day in the citys history. While the world watches the news in horror, Sophies flight is rerouted to a tiny town in Newfoundland and she is forced to seek refuge with her estranged aunt Ellie.
Determined to discover what it was that forced her family apart all those years ago, newfound secrets may change her life forever
This is a timeless story of love, sacrifice and resilience perfect for fans of Lorna Cook and Gill Paul.
What readers are saying about The English Wife:
An emotive and engaging read Rosanna Ley
Rich, evocative and utterly immersive, this beautifully written book swept me away Jenny Ashcroft
An epic tale of family, tragedy & love I highly recommend this book!! Books, Wine, Cats 5*
This story is so sensual and so touching The sense of suspense makes this story a page turner! Highly recommend this book, especially if youre looking for a WWII era book without all of the historical stuff To Read is to Breathe, 5*
I couldnt put it down. It was not your typical historical novel & I think thats what I loved about it. Great book! Dabbookclub, 4*
A book that drew me in from the first pages! The characters come alive, theyre so well written. Fans of historic fiction will love this story. An author to follow Consumer review, 4*
The English Wife Review
This was a wonderful sweeping saga about a young British girl who falls in love with a Newfoundland soldier. The characters are wonderful especially those from Newfoundland. The colloquialisms are perfect and I could hear the accent as I was reading. I could picture the rugged coast of Newfoundland and the war torn towns in England. The multiple stories and timelines flowed well and helped to tell each story as they blended together. The characters were good with Ellie being my favourite. She was a strong and brave woman who survived so much. There were a couple of unexpected twists which added depth to the story. Part of the ending didnt work for me as it didnt help the characters know what had truly happened but the rest of the book made up for that. Just loved this book.
The story line was interesting but I found it confusing due to the frequent changes of location and time frames. I wouldnt read any other book by this author.
Totally enjoyable - easy to read and fun to make some of the connections between WW II and 9-11! Characters were well defined and likeable, story of place carefully done. I love reading about our Newfoundland. Dialog fit the place & time - it made me laugh, it made me cry - a good read.
What does it mean when a reader encounters two continents several timelines and many narrators? It means you are in for a fresh and exciting Historical Fiction story. This is a family story rife with secrets, lies and dysfunction. Two sisters that made promises they couldn't keep...and the resulting feud that lasted over 50 years. From England during WWII to Newfoundland just after the war, we meet the sisters Dottie and Ellie. The story jumps ahead to 2001, where we meet Dottie's daughter "Sophie", who is rerouted to landing in Gander Newfoundland September 11th 2001, where she meets her estranged Aunt Ellie for the first time. Jumping from England to Newfoundland and back, with revealing snippets from the sisters lives to their children lives, we slowly come to piece together the lies that caused the family to sever. Its not about clues, it's about truths never revealed and lies lived as truths... 4 Thank you to NetGalley, the publishers at Harper Collins UK~One More Chapter, and the author Ms. Adrienne Chinn for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "The English Wife". The opinions expressed in this review are mine alone.
Thank you to Netgalley, the publishing house and the author for the opportunity to read a complimentary advance reader copy of this book in return for a review based upon my honest opinion. This was the first book I have read by this author and I very much enjoyed it.I liked the way the story was told, each chapter in part one going back and forth between 2001 Newfoundland and the WWII era England. At times I felt that part one was dragged out but I feel like that was just me being impatient and wanting to know the story faster. lol. Part two was mostly in 2011 Newfoundland, the present time for this book and I loved that story. We follow architect, Sophie as she gets diverted to Newfoundland in 2001 along with so many others on that dread day, but for Sophie, she connects with her aunt, a family member she has never met and her life will never be the same. When Sophie leaves to return to her usual life a couple of weeks later, little does she know it will take her more than ten years to return to Tippys Tickle. Sophie's aunt Ellie lived in England during the war and falls in love with a Newfoundland soldier, she does not realize when she leaves to be with him, she will never return to her homeland, and her sister, Dottie, will never forgive her or speak to her again. I will definitely be waiting for another book by this author.
The English wife was truly heartbreaking. It is all about choices, relationships, and circumstances. This book holds two stories with origins in WWII England. The first story is that of two sisters Ellie and Dottie. Ellie a young woman with a boyfriend named George meats a handsome soldier from Newfoundland and marries him breaking George's heart. Ellie's sister Dottie has a crush on George and hates Ellie for marrying Thomas her soldier and moving far away leaving her behind. The second story is that of Sophie, Dottie's daughter whose plane is waylaid to Newfoundland because of the 9-11 World Trade Center incident, in 2011 and her return to Newfoundland in 2011. This story is about Sophie and her romance with Sam. The book holds secrets between George and Ellie that involve George, her son Emmett and Sophie. I enjoyed the book, however, it was rather confusing with the triple time periods and I was confused at times and had to backtrack to figure out where I was in the story. I would have enjoyed reading book one the WWII years in a bit more detail, especially between Dottie and George, and Book two the 2001 and 2011 years with Sophie, Ellie, Sam and Becca maybe starting earlier with Sam and Willa in Boston when Willa's accident happened with more details on that story. I felt that I had more questions throughout the book that the stories were put together a bit piecemeal leaving out scenes and details to fit it all in one book. I did enjoy the characters and the scenes behind the story. It was worth reading, but could have been better. The book cover is beautiful. Thanks to Adrienne Chinn , Harper Collins U.K., One More Chapter, and NetGalley for allowing me to read an advance copy for an honest review.
I received an e-ARC of this book from Netgalley. This book is about young love during WWII, a little about 9/11, and the choices we make to hurt or help those around us. Yes, it's a complicated storyline with twists and turns. There is a lot of jumping back and forth between the past and the present to weave this story, but it isn't confusing as long as you look at the date as each segment starts. I liked the overall story although some of the characters annoyed me with their actions, but that's what makes the story more interesting.
I received an ARC of this book to read through NetGalley in exchange for a fair review. The English Wife by Adrienne Chinn is a sweeping historical fiction novel with strong romantic elements. The story covers the time from 1940 to 2011 and Is mainly the story of Ellie Burgess a young art student in Norwich England who during the war meets a soldier from Newfoundland named Thomas Parsons with whom she falls in love, and after the war journeys to an isolated fishing village in Newfoundland as a bride and young mother. The chapters move between the present and the past and tell the stories of Ellies estranged sister Dottie, George Parry, her former fianc, and Sophie Parry, her niece who arrives in Tippys Tickle Newfoundland after her plane is forced to land at Gander on September 11, 2001. The story encompasses love of all sorts, the sacrifices we make for those we love and how secrets and lies weave a web of bitterness that can take generations to heal. I enjoyed this book and do recommend it. Publishing Date: June 23, 2020 #TheEnglishWife #AdrienneChinn #HarperCollinsUK #OneMoreChapter #bookstagram #historicalfiction