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The Diplomat's Wife

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Good Read

I am one of those who judges a book by its cover. As I was walking through the book store I notice the cover and I was immediately intrigued. After reading the excerpt I decided to read it and couldn't put it down. The story grabs you from the very beginning. You fe...
I am one of those who judges a book by its cover. As I was walking through the book store I notice the cover and I was immediately intrigued. After reading the excerpt I decided to read it and couldn't put it down. The story grabs you from the very beginning. You feel like you in living during that time until something out of the ordinary brings you back to reality. Some parts are too unreal, but after all...IT IS A NOVEL. Great story line. I really recommend this book. It is a great historical fiction novel.

posted by jackie2366 on June 1, 2009

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Great concept, not so great execution.

The plot has so much potential but fails to really grab the reader. The twists are predictable and main character (Marta) weak. It was simply not believable that a woman of her hesitance would work for the resistance, survive a Nazi prison, and a well known assasin.

posted by Anonymous on June 5, 2008

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

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    Bad Writing

    In general, Pam Jenoff is not that great of a writer. This is the second book I've read of hers, and I will not read any more of her writing. The only good thing I can say about this novel is that it is mildly entertaining (but only mildly).

    For one thing, her story is very stale and predictable. She spends no time building up events, but rather jumps from one scene to the next. No build of emotions, mystery, suspense...nothing.

    To make it even worse, her characters are incredibly bland. She describes their personality in the descriptions, but the dialog and their actions do not match the person she's trying to create. The biggest example of this is the main character Marta. She's supposed to be a resistant fighter. Someone who killed a man in the last book. Someone who's brave and strong. Sure, in this book she goes on a dangerous mission to help the British government, but the way she speaks, the way she feels, the way she interacts with others, she's more of a frail and weak wimp than anything else. It's almost as if Pam Jenoff wanted to create a strong female character, but can't get past the stereotypical and unoriginal damsel in distress. Her character is annoying to read about.

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    Posted October 14, 2009

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