Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Diplomat's Wife by Pam Jenoff

"I mean, it's a lot to deal with, I know. I killed a man."
"You killed a Nazi," he corrects me. "To save your best friend."
"Sometimes it doesn't feel like that." I burst into tears.

Title: The Diplomat's Wife
Author: Pam Jenoff
ISBN: 9780778325123
Publisher: Mira Books/2008
Pages: 360

The Diplomat's Wife is a follow-up novel of  The Kommandant's Girl. The war is over and Marta Nedermann is trying to pick up the pieces. Paul, an American Soldier has come to free her from the prison. They fall for each other, plan to meet in London, and then get married to each other. However, Paul dies before they can meet and Marta marries a diplomat when she discovers she is pregnant. 

Her marriage is comfortable if not passionate. Two years later, there are more political changes. Communist loyalists have infiltrated British intelligence and there is one person in Marta's past who can help identify them. Marta goes back revisit her past and meets a few presumed to be dead. Her life is changed after that. 

This novel speaks of times after the war, in the time of peace. People find it hard to find love and difficult to adjust. The bodies might have healed but minds and emotions still are in a limbo. I found that the novel glossed over at times and did not cover the real hardships although it touched the issues. There are surprises but that didn't do much for the novel. It covered the period after the WWII and that redeems it.


Karen and Gerard said...

Sounds interesting.

Natalie @ Book Lovers Life said...

Sounds good! Thanks for sharing. http://bookloverslife.blogspot.ie/2014/03/teaser-tuesday-28.html

Love Africa Book Club said...

Killing another human being can't be an easy thing to live with, regardless of how horrible the person was. Nice teaser.

Here's mine


Beth F said...

Good teaser!

Sandra Nachlinger said...

Both THE KOMMANDANT'S GIRL and THE DIPLOMAT'S WIFE sound like good stories. It's hard to imagine killing another human being without it haunting you.
My Teaser is from SEVEN LITTLE WORDS.

Gigi Ann said...

Sounds like a rather sad read. I'm not sure it is something I would read, but hope you enjoyed reading it. Thanks for the visit today.

fredamans said...

Killing anyone would be tough, even if for the right reasons.
Sounds like a great read!

Anonymous said...

Sounds good and somewhat sad.

Denise @ Life With No Plot said...

I can't imagine how difficult it must have been to kill someone, even if you were doing it to save a loved one. It makes a nightmarish situation even worse. Poor thing.

Thanks for sharing this teaser! And thanks for stopping by my blog today!

Denise @ Life With No Plot

Nishita said...

Sounds really good. Will look out for her books.

Unknown said...

Great teaser! I read another of Janoff's books, The Ambassador's Daughter, and it was excellent. Thank you for sharing!