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Posted July 17, 2011
I was sad when this book came to an end. Don't miss it!
I have to tell you about a book I just finished. It is called A Young Wife and it is by Pam Lewis. This book I actually started about a week ago I though this is good and I had to take my time and read it in small doses( thanks to life) and I mean really small doses. Then it happened I woke up one night could not sleep. I opened the book and read about twenty pages and could not put it down. I was on a boat traveling. Pam Lewis writes so well that I could totally picture this boat (she does not over describe) and the goings on and about the boat with the passengers. I wanted to read more but the early hour of the morning caught up with me and no matter how much I willed my eyes to stay open I could not make it happen. But my dreams that night were being on that boat with Minke and Sander. I awoke thinking wow what a great story teller Pam Lewis is. That day I even looked forward to a trip with my father in law to the doctor because after all that would allow me plenty of reading time in the waiting room and as luck would have it the doctor was on time and we literally were there 15 minutes (I was so bummed I had a date with this book and when is a doctor ever on time?). I was so sad because I knew my adventure would have to wait longer. This book had its hold on me because I thought of the very young Minke (teenager) leaving her parents to go and live with another family to take care of the dying wife of Sander. My heart broke for how scared she must have been leaving all that she knew but it was a different time ( the year was 1912) and a different place (the Netherlands) and talk of war was about. The weekend was finally here and I was excited to see that it was to be another over 100 degree couple of days; what better way but to spend it but inside out of the heat reading the adventure that poured from the pages of this book? I started reading the book on Friday I went to bed a sat there thinking I wonder what happens and finally at 2am I snuck out of my room as to not awake my husband and read until 4:30am when I could not hold my eyes open again. My heart was breaking for Minke having to have a baby and have no clue as to where it came from or how it would arrive. I was sad she was far from home my heart broke that she married Sander who was much older who asked here to marry him the day his wife had passed. He was an established man with money she was poor and her family wanted it for her. In the beginning of the book the author said that she based this book loosely on her grandmother's life. I could not help but wonder just what parts was fact what parts were fiction. The doctor Minke traveled with and the one to deliver her babies he was such an odd person for his time and was a good person that offered a loyalty that is hard to come by. I wondered was this her grandma's friend or just a character I really do not want to give away the story but I will say I was sad that the book ended. I have not had one of those books in a while. This book is full of new beginnings, friendships, enemies, deceptions and victories with a little mix of history. I give this book five stars. This book was provided to me through good reads. This did not affect my review. The opinions in this review are my own.
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Posted November 6, 2011
Posted August 1, 2011
You Will Definitely Want To Read!!
When you first read the blurb for A Young Wife, you might think it is just another story, even though you are told it is based on the author's grandmother's past. And then you start reading. Even knowing that life was very different in other countries, it was still hard to comprehend that she was forced to leave home, to go to an unknown family and city, to care for a dying woman. I kept coming back to the fact that Minke was only 15 when she was experiencing these things. The surprises kept coming as the story unfolded. I think we are defined by how we handle ourselves when faced with difficult situations. The manner in which Minke faced issues of deceit, disloyalty, and infidelity, along with the other hardships, enabled her to grow into an exceptionally strong and loving woman. I found it difficult to put the book down because I wanted to see what would happen next, and there were a few twists. I liked that those who were disloyal or did bad things to Minke received their just desserts. I really liked this book. I was so proud of Minke for her accomplishments, I just wanted to applaud at the end. I found A Young Wife to be a very well written and enjoyable story. This is one I will read again.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 1, 2011
A Wonderful Story, Don't Miss It!
"A Young Wife" is a beautifully crafted novel by a very talented and gifted writer, Pam Lewis. I enjoyed the storyline which is quite original. The book is about fifteen-year-old Minke, a Dutch girl who nurses a dying woman and after her death marries the husband, Sander, who is much older than herself and unfortunately turns out to be a gambler and unfaithful sort. There are many twists and turns that occur in Minke's life and I don't want to give the plot away, as it is really a page-turner, but i will say that the author captures the feelings of this young girl in such an authentic way. Minke's husband Sander and her sister Fenna are both instrumental in changing this woman's life by their conniving behavior and disloyalty. Minke and Sander leave Holland for Commodoro, the oil fields of Argentina. The descriptions of the boat ride, the immigration process, and their adjustment to life in this barely civilized area of Argentina are skillfully elaborated by the author, capturing the reader's imagination. We learn what drives someone like Sander, what motivates a young woman like Minke to follow a man like her husband, and ultimately what drives her to leave him. Minke's experiences meeting people in Argentina, giving birth and nuturing her children and surviving the anxst created by living in a mostly male environment are fascinating. It is when Minke leaves Argentina and arrives in New York City that her true grit is revealed and the pace of the novel moves even faster. Many things happen to the central character in this novel and the reader will be invested in Minke's outcome and that of her children as well. I've read this author's other novels "Speak Softly, She Can Hear" and "Perfect Family" and enjoyed both of them. However, this newest book I found to be her best so far as it is filled with drama, turbulence, passion and purpose dynamically creating a tapestry of emotion that travels brilliantly from one chapter to the next. Don't miss out on this wonderful new book by a remarkable author.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 19, 2013
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