This is a story about three nurses during World War 2. Between all the war and horrific conditions, it was really difficult for Scarlet, Ellie, and Lucy to cope up in those conditions. But there was one thing for those women to keep going and that was their friendship and the hope for returning home safely and living their lives with their loved ones.
"Smile and the world will see the woman you want them to see, no matter how you feel inside. "
I found myself too comfortable reading this novel. I really liked how she had given the details of each scene and the characters. The story was written from the third person’s PoV but there were chapters for each of the three main ladies. I really liked how the whole WWII setup was shown. The details about the war camps and their hospitals felt really uncomfortable. It was heartbreaking to know how they lived during that war in those horrific conditions. All the three main protagonists displayed their story pretty well and it was good to know their backgrounds. I really liked the romance building there amidst all that horrors of war. Each of the love stories was lovely but Scarlet’s was really a conflicted one. I even imagined myself in her place thought what I would have done in that case 😛
Their friendship was portrayed very well. Without their friendship they wouldn’t have made that far in the war. Speaking of writing, it was simple. I felt attached to each of the characters and felt as if I am there with them, sharing their miseries and triumphs. The story was fast paced and didn’t bored at any moment.
I read some reviews, where readers had complained that all this instant-love felt unreal. I disagree with them, rather I think that this whole instant love was the thing that was moving the novel forward. There were situations in the war when soldiers get leaves for marriage and then returned to war. There was no guarantee that they will even make to their homes safely. Yet hope was the only thing that they could have relied upon. So showing this king of love where the characters instantly fell in love was not unreal for me. Rather I was happy for them.
"This war is going to be full of women who fall in love with men they’ll never see again. All we do is say goodbye over and over. "
So if you are into the historical romance genre, then you should definitely read it. Also, it can be a good summer read. This was a story to remember for a long time. WIVES OF WAR is an epic story of friendship, love and survival. It was an EPIC STORY OF FRIENDSHIP, LOVE and SURVIVAL.