A Soldier’s Wife” is a warm, engaging, historical family saga of love, loss, loyalty and resilience, which examines the effects of war on an ordinary family. Ellen marries James, a sergeant in the Connaught Rangers and they travel to India. A tragedy occurs on the journey which almost destroys their idyll. They lead a glamorous, indolent life in India for seven years. .
They return in 1912 to a Dublin that is rife with civil and political unrest. James volunteers for WW1, leaving Ellen to bring up three children alone in a city that is becoming increasingly hostile.
James returns home, traumatised, in 1919 to find Ellen has become a strong, independent woman. Her children are nationalists, creating conflict with James. Ellen finds herself torn between two loyalties. She gently encourages him back into his relationship with the family while they weather the devastation of the War of Independence and the Civil War.
Together, they witness the final withdrawal of British troops. Her husband, his military medals worn proudly, watches as their son, a member of the Free State Army raises the Tricolour. The family have divided loyalties but are united by love.
A Soldier's Wife
- Publisher: Marion Reynolds
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