Hello, Dear Bloggites! I am back! This book review is over the Books & Broads Book Club choice for May. I am getting closer to the current month and I hope to finish June-October in the next five days. I know, big challenge, but I am up for it now that I got my reading groove back on. 🙂
May’s Book Club choice was The Secret Wife by Gill Paul. I was dreading this one because it was once again a historical fiction novel set in the years 1914-2016. Now, not all the years were touched like that last novel we read, but most of them were a chapter in the book. Gill Paul wrote this book in a toggle effect between past and present which I am not a big fan of, but it was in the third person so that softened the blow.
The Secret Wife is about a love found, lost, and found again between Grand Duchess, Tatiana Romanov, and a Calvary Officer, Dmitri Malama, as well as, about a woman, Kitty Fisher, who has left her husband after he cheated on her and caused her to go to America and start to uncover the true story of her Great Grandfather, Dmitri.
The backdrop of the story is the war between Russia and Germany and the unrest of the citizens under the Romanov rule. Dmitri and Tatiana first became acquainted when he was wounded in battle and she was assisting all the nurses to care for the soldiers who were brought in from the battlefield. As the book toggles back to present day, you follow Kitty and her struggle to come to terms with her husband’s infidelity while finding out more secrets as she renovates her Great Grandfather’s cabin.
Gill Paul did a great job at creating complex characters which pulled at the reader’s emotions. You rooted for true love to win out for Tatiana and Dmitri while rooting for Kitty to come to terms with what she actually wants to do with her life. The imagery was well written for the readers and Gill Paul stayed true to what was known from historical documents while taking liberties with the “What if?” questions of the people you were reading about.
I enjoyed reading this novel and am always enthralled with the history of the world as I read these types of novels. I may not be a hardcore Historical Fiction lover, but I think I am growing a crush on it. 🙂
I give The Secret Wife by Gill Paul 4 out of 5 Bookmarks. Happy Reading!