Book Review: The Prisoner's Wife by Maggie Brookes

Title: The Prisoner's Wife
By: Maggie Brookes
Genre: Historical
Pages: 400
Release Date: May 26th, 2020
Publisher: Berkley Books
Rating: ★★★★★

Summary from Goodreads:

Inspired by the true story of a daring deception that plunges a courageous young woman deep into the horrors of a Nazi POW camp to be with the man she loves.

In the dead of night, a Czech farm girl and a British soldier travel through the countryside. Izabela and prisoner of war Bill have secretly married and are on the run, with Izzy dressed as a man. The young husband and wife evade capture for as long as possible--until they are cornered by Nazi soldiers with tracking dogs.

Izzy's disguise works. The couple are assumed to be escaped British soldiers and transported to a POW camp. However, their ordeal has just begun, as they face appalling living conditions and the constant fear of Izzy's exposure. But in the midst of danger and deprivation comes hope, for the young couple are befriended by a small group of fellow prisoners. These men become their new family, willing to jeopardize their lives to save Izzy from being discovered and shot.

The Prisoner's Wife tells of an incredible risk, and of how our deepest bonds are tested in desperate times. Bill and Izzy's story is one of love and survival against the darkest odds.


I had no idea this was based on a true story until I had finished the book.

During the last years of world war 2, a young woman falls in love with a prisoner of war. They make the decision to get married, a decision that will threaten their lives. In order for the young woman to stay safe on the road as they run from their prison camp, she has to dress like a boy. This will ultimately save her life, but threaten it at the same time. When they are caught, if the enemy finds out she is a woman, they will execute her for being a spy.

Its amazing what this young woman has to go through in order to hide what she is. Her figure, her monthly gift, even her voice could get her killed. This was an amazing story of strength and survivorship. I loved it.

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