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How have I been lucky enough to come here, to be alive, when so many others are not? I should have died.... But I am here.1945. Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets Paul, an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are dasHow have I been lucky enough to come here, to be alive, when so many others are not? I should have died.... But I am here.1945. Surviving the brutality of a Nazi prison camp, Marta Nederman is lucky to have escaped with her life. Recovering from the horror, she meets Paul, an American soldier who gives her hope of a happier future. But their plans to meet in London are dashed when Paul's plane crashes.Devastated and pregnant, Marta marries Simon, a caring British diplomat, and glimpses the joy that home and family can bring. But her happiness is threatened when she learns of a Communist spy in British intelligence, and that the one person who can expose the traitor is connected to her past....

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The Diplomat's Wife Reviews

  • Leslie
    2018-09-18 20:15

    So this book is the follow up to The Kommandant's Girl but I didn't realize this until I started reading it. It takes one of the supportive characters from the first book and then tells her story as the war ends. Loved it! Lately I have really been intrigued with this period of time in history. Again, just like the first book, I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning to finish it, but I will say there are events that are a little too far fetched. Even so I would highly recommend this book. Love the ending but my heart broke as you learned the outcome of the character from the first book. The character from the second book experienced more pain and suffering repeatedly than I can imagine but also was allowed a break once in awhile, a "sweep you off your feet and knock you out" romance and in the end became a strong, powerful, successful woman. Girl power!

  • Colleen
    2018-09-23 17:00

    I read this one because the title caught my eye, and was seriously disappointed. The beginning of the story tracing Marta's ordeal with the Gestapo and her subsequent time in a refugee hospital was by far the best part of the story, but once Paul's plane crashed, both the story and the book headed downhill. Thought it opened strongly, the book never really took off for me- neither of the two big shockers were at all surprising to me because they were so telegraphed ahead of time (though knowing they were coming didn't make them any more realistic or believable...) The book had potential, but I feel like it just glossed over the issues it raised, and I never really connected with any of the characters. I certainly won't be rushing out to pick up the Kommandant's Girl because I fear it will be an equally shallow treatment of a potentially interesting story.

  • Harmonyofbooks
    2018-09-25 17:17

    "Yüzük harika," diye yanıtladım. "Yalnızca her şey o kadar sıradan ki. Muhteşem, kusursuz bir sıradanlıkta.""Aksine ben," diye yanıtladı saçımı geriye atıp alnıma bir öpücük kondurarak, "bir günümüzün bile sıradan geçeceğinden şühpeliyim."4,5/5🌟🌟🌟🌟Herhangi bir beklentim olmadığı halde beni büyük bir beğeniyle karşılayan kitaplara bayılıyorum ve kendisi de onlardan biri oldu. İkilemeden oluşan serinin ilk kitabı olan Kumandanın Aşığı'nı okumamıştım ve bu yüzden ikinci kitabı tek okursam kurguda her şeyi anlamam konusunda bir şeyler eksik kalır mı diye kafa yoruyordum. Her ne kadar ikinci kitabın ilki okunmadan okunabileceğini öğrensem de yine de eksik bir şeyler olmaz diye umut ediyordum. Kitabın başlangıcında Marta'nın hücrede çektiği işkencelere ve oradan kurtulmasını okuyoruz. Neden bu işkenceye maruz kaldığı üzerinden anlatılsa da başta tam olarak geçmişte yaşananları bilmiyoruz. Onu kurtaran asker Paul'e neredeyse ilk görüşte aşık oluyor. Sonrasında iyileşme sürecini, edindiği dostlukları ve Paul'le tekrar karşılaştığında aralarında filizlenen tatlı aşk hikayesini okuyoruz ama aslında şöyle bir hisse kapılıyorsunuz. Okuduğunuz çoğu gelişme boşa yazılmış gibi geliyor çünkü kitabın arka kapağında Paul'un tam evlenme kararı aldıklarından sonra bindiği uçağın düşmesi sonucu öldüğünü okuyoruz. Yani kitabın arka kapağı aslında ilk yüz sayfada yaşananların ağır bir hüzne varacağının habercisi niteliğinde. Paul'un bebeğiyle ne yapacağını bilemeyen ve üzüntüden kahrolan Marta ise kısa bir süre sonra ona iş teklifinin ardından evlenme teklifi eden diplomat Simon ile evleniyor. Buraya kadar her şey detaylı bir anlatıma sahipken Simon ve Marta'nın evliliğinin geçen iki senesi neredeyse birkaç paragrafa sığdırılıyor. Bu aceleci yazım stili elbette beni rahatsız etti. Asıl ana konunun baş gösterdiği kısımsa Marta'nın eski bağlantıları sayesinde tehlikeli bir göreve atılmasıyla başlıyor. Bundan sonrasında kitap heyecanlı ve sayfaların elimden aktığı bir akıcılıkla devam etti. Son yüz sayfa ise beklemediğim bir şekilde harika ilerledi. Özellikle son bölümlerde ortaya çıkan sırlar beni şaşkınlığa uğrattı. İlk kitaptaki ana karakter Emma'nın yaşadıklarına da kısa bir özetle ikinci kitabın sonlarına doğru değiniyoruz. Böylece iki en yakın arkadaşının yollarının nasıl birleştiğini, birbirlerinin hayatlarını nasıl kurtardıklarını detaylıca okumuş oluyoruz. İçerdiği aşk hikayesiyle harika güzellikte bir kitaptı. Bunun yanı sıra ortaya çıkardığı ummadık sırlar, o zamanın tarihinin havasının kitaba yansıtılması ve kurgunun genel hatlarıyla övgüyü kesinlikle hak eden bir kitaptı. Ayrıca yazarın bu serisi sadece iki kitaptan oluşuyor. Umarım diğer romanları da bir an önce dilimize kazandırılır. Size de canı gönülden okumanızı öneririm..

  • Debbie
    2018-09-13 21:25

    This book is getting a perfect seven star rating from me. What a wonderful way to finish up my 2013 reading challenge! The author Pam Jenoff had me hooked when after reading only the first chapter, just the first few pages and I was immediately connected to our main character Marta and brushing tears from my eyes. I would say this is the absolute success of this book. The lightning fast bonding to each character as they were introduced.. you longed to know what would happen next to these people to whom you've quickly formed an attachment. I couldn't put it down. I've owned this book within my personal library for some time and I'm kicking myself for not having read it sooner. It was great! This is the ultimate fiction book. Even though it technically falls within the Historical fiction genre, that I so love, I just can't tack on that limitation with this one. The ultimate fiction, it contains within this one novel all the genre's that I enjoy reading: historical, romance, mystery, action, thriller, espionage. This reader seriously couldn't ask for more. This is the point in a review where I would usually give a little synopsis about the book. I won't. You just must read it. I don't want to spoil a single thing for anyone. You must jump right in, feeling everything, meeting the characters and going for this ride. I'll say the synopsis on the jacket of the book gives you a slight peek into what the book is about if you need that information but it doesn't nearly do justice to this novel as a whole. Pick it up, buckle up and I'm sure you won't be sorry at all. Since I'm not giving a synopsis I'll give some adjectives: struggle, love, pain, fear, excitement, curiosity, determination, stubbornness, truth, lies, secrets, surprise. I talked to this book... a lot! I cried with it. I sat with twisted lip & eyebrow raised flanked with suspicion. I reread sections that pleased me. I was even so happy to see a particular character I at one point even put the book down and kicked my feet for several minutes out of extreme excitement! I loved it! (clapping hands)Yes, I DO recommend this to fiction readers of all kinds. Yes, I most definitely will read more books by this author. Actually, I think The Kommandant's Girl may be the prequel to this book as there was a slight alluding to it but this book never made me feel like I needed to go read it first.. although, I now plan to read it. Again, seven perfect stars from me. Bravo to the author. Bravo to the book. Bravo to me for picking it up. Bravo to a happy ending to my reading challenge.

  • Jean
    2018-09-16 22:17

    The author looks like she's twelve and she writes like it too...the premise is interesting but it is soooo predictable. They meet, they part, they meet perchance again, they get caught in the rain, they take shelter in the garden shed, they kiss, they share a blanket and shiver, they have sex, they part, ...you get the picture! I know some loved it but I found it really poorly written.

  • Trudy
    2018-09-09 01:08

    My friend, Henry and I chose this book strictly because we loved the cover. Henry discovered that it is the colorized version of a New York Penn Station photograph taken for Life Magazine during WW2. One of the strengths of this book is how it moves from one genre to another.This book began as historical fiction with a disturbing scene from a women's camp/prison. Admittedly I was ready to abandon it because I'd just finished LILAC GIRLS which dealt with the same subject matter.Within a few pages, the mood lightened and became a huge romance story. It was all enchantment, flirtation, passion, lite and airy frivolity. Some of the expressions, and all that "burning" and "breathing" were so sappy, I laughed hysterically. Great fun!Then things became somber at which time it transformed into an action thriller. It was full of international intrigue and suspense and I couldn't stop reading. Suddenly, I was yelling at the characters (yes,aloud) by rooting for the good guys and hissing at the villains. There were several juicy little twists which caught me off guard as well. WARNING: So, you have to just " read and enjoy" this book. If you analyze the situations, actions of the characters, the coincidences, and the time lines, you just might close the book while exclaiming,"No Way." HOWEVER, don't analyze. Have fun with it and enjoy yourself. I did!

  • Christina
    2018-09-13 00:07

    The Diplomat’s Wife is a sequel to The Kommandant’s Girl, but the novel follows the life of Marta, a supporting character in the life of Emma. But unlike The Kommandant’s Girl, I had a hard time getting into the story or, even, caring about Marta.I think my lack of sympathy for Marta stems from the fact that The Kommandant’s Girl presents her as an unlikeable person. She falls for Emma’s husband, although she had no idea Jacob was married, and still cannot let go of him in The Diplomat’s Wife, despite having her own Jacob. In addition, Marta comes off as cold in the first book, and I never could warm up to her or get over my distaste for her in the second.The Diplomat’s Wife also reads like a poorly written spy novel, and the idea that Marta would go gallivanting across Soviet-controlled Europe seemed completely unbelievable, although in a way it was more in line with her characterization in the first book. The “operation” is forced at times, and, at others, doesn’t make any sense.On a side note, since this is a semi-sequel to The Kommandant’s Wife, I appreciated knowing what happened to Emma. While it wasn’t exactly what I had dreamed up, it was nice having a little closure because the ending of the first book was so open-ended.

  • HÜLYA
    2018-09-08 21:25

    Serinin ikinci kitabi..Bu kitabi da cok severek okudum..Hatta epeyce de heyecanliydi..Birinci kitaptan tanidigimiz Marta'nin hikayesi idi. Onceki seruvende Emma'nin hayatini kurtararak Nazilerin eline dusup Gordugu iskencelerden olmeyi dileyecek kadar aci cekiyordu.Ol ek uzere iken bir Amerikali asker hayatini kurtarir...O asker hayatinin aşkı olacaktir....Ancak yasanacak cok macera vardir..Ask, macera , casusluk , temalarinda guzel ve farkli bir roman..Yazarin kalemini sevdim...Devam edecegim....

  • Dani
    2018-09-02 18:07

    Another WWII book, that was amazing. I truly wish this book is made into a movie. It was very well written, and it got your attention right at the beginning. The last 100 pages had my up until 2am, biting my nails while finishing it. Although, I did predict a key part of it, there were still some twists and turns, that I was totally not expecting. A great read!

  • ba
    2018-09-13 17:23

    I have no recollection of how this book ended up on my Nook. Presumably it was a free or heavily discounted promo. Regardless, I read it in its entirety. I found it to be towards the international thriller end of the bodice-ripper to international thriller axis. It was an easy read, and quite enjoyable. It was the sort of book one would buy at the airport and read on the plane, or find on the coffee table of the house when one is cat sitting.At the end, I came to realize that there had been at least one previous book in the series, but that in no way diminished my enjoyment of the story.

  • J
    2018-09-19 17:10

    I liked this book.It was exciting (most of the time). It had a nice pace (most of the time). It held my attention, except on those few occasions when a word or a smell or a rock would send my mind drifting back through time, and I would recall the time I hid in a cave with Peeta. But I knew I mustn't think of him, and I would throw myself back into the book at hand.I loved the setting, both historically and geographically. I liked hearing the stories from Marta's time working with the resistance, and of Jacob and Emma. I wish I would have read book one first, because that setting sounds even more exciting and interesting.The plot twists were deliciously unlikely, almost campy ("I heard a familiar voice. But, no. It couldn't be... I slowly turn around/lift my head/search the crowd/walk around the corner. Paul?/Charles?/Emma?/Simon?/Dava? It can't be!") HOWEVER, I found myself enjoying the tangled plot and watching as it all came together nicely at the end.As a love story, it fell short, I'm afraid. Marta and Paul's relationship felt two-dimensional and artificial. I found myself more interested Marta and Simon's more complicated relationship, and hoping that they would fall in love (that was before he tried to kill her of course). But at least there was an interesting tension between Marta and Simon. With Paul, it was surprisingly easy. The author just told us they were instantly in love, without really showing us how or why that happened.As a suspense, I very much enjoyed it. In fact, I was happy reading about Marta going along on her own in Prague and Germany, and when Paul showed up out of nowhere, I was almost disappointed.While I was reading it, I could not stop thinking about two old movies from my childhood. Ones that I loved and watched over and over. The first is Shining Through, a 1992 movie starring Melanie Griffith and Michael Douglas. You should rent it if you haven't seen it. It's a spy/romantic drama movie set in the same era. The second movie is American Dreamer, from 1985. It's a suspense/comedy, hil-air-i-ous, and gave us such lines as "Rebecca Ryan slowly unbuttoned her blouse." and "I told you I always get my man ... even when he's a woman!"Thanks for picking it Cristin!Interesting facts I got from my Kindle.This phrase:"Wait here." <--was in there 23 timesAnd this phrase:"I don't understand." <--was in there 52 times

  • Karen
    2018-09-25 00:03

    This is another book I picked up because of the cover. Also it's set in post-WW2 Europe, a subject I've immersed myself in. This plot has more holes, completely implausible twists, and bad comic book-esque dialogue than some fan fiction I've read. (Sample of actual dialogue: "Thank you, she said." "No, thank you.") Another nitpick: despite the characters coming from different parts of the globe (Poland, England, US, etc.) they all "talk" the same. Characters are supposed to have different voices. A refugee from Poland should not use the same language and syntax as a well-educated Briton. Gah!

  • Dawn
    2018-09-16 19:23

    Such a great story. The characters were likable. The story sucked me right in. A little bit love story, a little bit spy mission. I got a sneaking sense, fairly early on, about a key factor in the story, which proved correct, but there were at least two twists I never saw coming. This book was easy to read, difficult to put down, sad to see end, and successfully immersed me so well in the story, I would find myself trying to read faster and faster during some the more intense scenes.

  • MomToKippy
    2018-09-13 22:21

    Ok I had to put this down at about page 100. Not sure why I read that far. I liked the general plot but the unimaginative cheesy writing outweighs it. The point at which I quit was when the hero had just been intimate for the first time with his newly betrothed and he exclaims, "Wow." Yup, that's about how the dialogue goes generally.

  • Amanda
    2018-09-23 00:06

    A few too many coincidences, and a little predictable. Though I did like the way the author bridged between the two novels.

  • Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
    2018-09-08 01:03

    Excellent sequel to The Kommandant's Girl...great historical fiction.

  • Begumtez
    2018-09-21 23:12

    Kumandanın aşığı kitabının bir başka penceresi diplomatın karısı. Tam bir devam kitabı değil. Soluk soluğa okuyacağınız bir serüven tavsiye ederim

  • Leah Wood
    2018-08-30 17:13

    Terrible, totally unrealistic

  • Brczdn
    2018-09-02 20:56

    Kumandanın aşığı kitabını da okudum aynı yazarın. Bunu da henüz bitirdim. Çok başarılı değil bence fazla tesadüflerle dolu.

  • Morgan Erb
    2018-09-21 23:21

    I'm going to try and do justice to what a massive disappointment this book was, but it may be difficult. I read this novel's predecessor: The Kommandant's Girl last week and finished it in 1 day. I struggled to finish this over a 3 day period not because it was longer, but because I just didn't want to finish it for any other reason than I hate to get halfway through a book and give up. Ergo, I pressed forward.SPOILERS:Marta was a well-developed character from the first novel and this one takes over where it left off. The timing is completely inconsistent. The last novel ends in 1942 but Marta is supposedly only imprisoned 6 months or so before American liberation of the camps which anyone with even a cursory knowledge of WWII remembers ended in 1945. Is this an episode of Doctor Who? Is there some magical Timey Wimey stuff occuring? I digress. She feels an instant connection with Paul, the guy who pulls her bedraggled body out of the cell and then leaves her in the care of the medical staff (you know, like a soldier would, because that's his job). This PTSD-suffering woman spends her time recovering in the house that was the basis for the Sound of Music, where MIRACULOUSLY Paul shows up just as she's recovered (she also develops a friendship with Rose -- their first meeting giving the earliest indicator of the claptrap cheesy dialogue we're going to suffer through for the majority of the novel. Of course, there's sexual tension, Paul's casual alcoholism which he just willfully abandons because of some comments she makes by the time they coincidentally meet in Paris. Rose dies, she had a visa to Britain which their nurse convinces Marta to take and impersonate her with, but naturally there's a 1-2 day window for her to make it from Salzburg to London like some kind of post-war Cinderella deadline. Of course she makes it to Paris late because of bad train tracks and then everyone in the British Embassy is a dismissive asshole who refuses to give her a one day extension. Paul comes to the rescue when they just happen to meet again through a crazy twist of fate (read: convenient plot twist) gets her visa extended, proposes within a few hours (keep in mind they've spent less than 24 hours total in each other's presence at this point) then they go back to his hotel, bump uglies and the next morning she boards a ship for London, with him promising to meet her there in 2 weeks so they can get married and go to his 'ranch' in NC (I've grown up in VA and been to NC multiple times, we do not have 'ranches' there, it's called a farm. Duh.) When she gets on the ship she meets Simon, who I imagine to look like Claire Fraser's English husband from the Outlander TV series. Of course he's nice and attentive, but secretly he's a dark and sinuous creature because of course nice, boring guys can't ever be just that.Long story short, she gets to London, tells Rose's aunt she's dead, then stays there until Paul is supposed to come in. His plane never makes it, crashing into the English Channel and what feels like a million chapters later you find out is was *gasp* sabotage! The same British bloke from the ship finds her wandering around London aimlessly a few weeks later (pregnant, of course, because that's apparently a theme for Jenoff) convinces her to work for him under the guise of helping to protect her homeland Poland from Communism *wink*wink* he's secretly a Commie himself. Through an escalating unrealistic series of events she meets with Emma from the first novel and we find out that the happy ending we hoped for at the end of the Kommandant's Girl most definitely did not happen (what I cannot forgive is the way Jenoff let it go). I could keep going but my biggest issue was the way Marta kept moping around feeling sorry for herself and I get it, she's been through hell, but the way her character behaves in this novel is infuriating for someone who enjoyed her in the first book. Also, she's incredibly naive/stupid. Her husband is constantly up in his office, ignoring her and the daughter she believes that he believes is his for the most part and being a general cold fish. I mean, halfway through I knew he was a Commie and this dipwad girl didn't see it until the last 10 pages, only because he tried to poison her and kidnap the baby. Oh, I forgot to mention that of course Paul is actually alive because helloooooo you can't stop true love *barf* they meet on a secret mission to Prague, save some important person, do the nasty on a grimy mattress in the basement of a Berlin restaurant and yada yada yada I'm already done and ready to move on from this book. Unfortunately I already ordered the prequel to the Kommandant's Girl which chronicles his first marriage, so hopefully my $4 on Amazon will be rewarded with something closer to Jenoff's original work instead of this drivel. I've read reviews where it was speculated that she was pressured to dish out another novel quickly after the KG, so I can only hope that is the case, or I will not be chancing my time on any of her other stuff.

  • Andrea
    2018-08-31 20:08

    Very Enjoyable Post-WWIIThe Diplomat's Wife started off at a run, slowed a bit during the middle, and ended with a bang. There were small nitpicky bits that bugged me, like the fact Marta and Paul only knew each other a couple days, so the love was a bit far-fetched. On the other hand, this is the end of WWII, a very heady time; war time romances were commonThe Diplomat's Wife had several twists and turns, some more believable than others. Having said that, being an American in 2017 has taught me that truth really is stranger than fiction, so anything is possible. I really enjoyed this book. Pam Jenoff scratches my WWII literary itch.

  • Theresa
    2018-09-13 20:24

    Marta Nederman, a Nazi resistance fighter from Krakow, Poland, has survived being captured and tortured by the Nazis, been rescued by some American soldiers and is recovering at a refugee camp in Austria. Her family and friends, as far as she knows are all casualties of the war and she needs to restart her life again.She develops a friendship with Rose, another concentration camp survivor, and Dava, her nurse, at the refugee camp. She spends most of her days with Rose, who is struggling to recover so that she can move to London to live with her Aunt Delia.One day, Paul Mattison, one of the American soldiers who rescued her from the Nazi concentration camp, showed up at the refugee camp. She convinces Dava to let her break curfew to spend a late evening with Paul and a storm forces them to spend the evening together.When she gets back, she learns that her friend Rose has died and Dava convinces her that she needs to travel as Rose and use her visa to go to London. She can tell Rose’s Aunt about Rose’s death and then decide what to do with the rest of her life. The fact that she has no family left in Europe or relatives in the United States convinces her to do this. The problem is that Rose’s visa expires in the next days and she must leave immediately for London, via Paris.Her train is late to Paris and she is unable to use the visa before it expires. While in Paris she runs into Paul Mattison again. He entertains her and helps her to get an extension on the visa so that she can go to London. Before she leaves, Paul proposes marriage and agrees to meet her in London in a few weeks.On the crossing to London, she meets Simon Gold, a diplomat with the British Embassy. When he learns that she speaks fluent Polish, he offers her a job at the British consulate and gives her his card.She gets to Rose’s Aunt Delia’s home and gives her the bad news. Delia offers to let Marta stay with her until she can be reunited with Paul. But Paul’s plane crashes on the way to London from Paris and now Marta is alone and pregnant.She goes to work for Simon at the embassy and soon Simon courts her and she decides to accept his marriage proposal. She continues to work after their daughter is born. One day, the name of a former colleague of hers in the resistance is named as a contact that they need to find to get information to stop the communist threat in Eastern Europe.Against Simon’s wishes, she agrees to take on this assignment. This decision turns her world upside down and she has to play a role in finding the mole in the embassy as well as getting in contact with her former Resistance colleague.I really enjoyed this book and felt the story was very well told. There are a number twists to the story and what happens, although I was a bit disappointed that I knew who the mole was almost immediately when it was brought up. The revelation in the story of who the mole is and why was not exactly what I’d expected. But the main theme of this story seems to be one of trust – who can you trust and how do you know who that person is?

  • Rachel Brand
    2018-09-07 21:12

    I definitely did not enjoy this as much as 'Kommandant's Girl' but it was still a compelling and exciting read. I was gripped right from the very start, but unfortunately this didn't last all the way through the book. Quite a few factors spoiled my reading. Marta did not have such a strong personality as Emma, and didn't seem as fleshed-out as her. With Emma, I felt like I really got inside her head, but this was not the case with Marta. A lot of Marta's story relied upon coincidences, and there truly is such a thing as too many coincidences. The writing seemed somewhat flat, and I found myself skim-reading and skipping lines without meaning to. While I enjoy less-descriptive writing, there was just something with this book which seemed flat and too simplistic. Marta's "I'm learning a language" English was not believable - someone learning English and at the very basic stages would not say "I'll" - they'd say "I will." Surely Jenoff, with her work in a foreign country, would know this! And lastly, the amazing Scooby-Doo and Sweet Valley -esque ending where everyone is linked to the mystery - which was right under Marta's nose the whole time - and they reveal their Super Evil Communist plan to her without being prompted! Um, WHAAAAT? I agree with the reviewer who said that Jenoff obviously wants this made into a movie - the events in the last chapter did not work well in writing. I appreciate that Jenoff makes history accessible to people who would not normally be interested in it, in the form of a romance novel. She does write compelling novels, but I prefer my books with a bit more history and little less OTT coincidence-based action and excitement. I feel that 'Kommandant's Girl' was significantly more believable. However, I did still enjoy reading this book and will read Jenoff's third novel. 6/10

  • Stacie Pittard
    2018-09-24 00:57

    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.

  • Monica
    2018-08-31 21:12

    This is my first book by Pam Jenoff and it won't be my last. I decided to read the Diplomat's Wife because I had seen a notice at my local library that she was going to be there for a signing or question and answering. I didn't make it to the engagement but I am very glad that I decided to pick up her book.The Diplomat's Wife is a novel with everything. Mystery, suspense, thrills and chills, and romance. The story is set in the year 1945. Marta has survived a Nazi prison camp and is rescued by an American Soldier named Paul.You follow Marta through her life of recovery, loss of true love and so much more. I am afraid I might give away too much of the plot if I say any more.Pam Jenoff does a superb job of keeping the reader enthralled in the story. I give Pan Jenoff five stars for keeping me entranced and going to bed late just so that I could finish the book.If you need a new author than check out Pam Jenoff!!

  • Amy
    2018-08-26 20:23

    This is a book that I should not have loved. The obvious foreshadowing and rapid speed coincidences during the first half of the book should have turned me off. The fact that they glossed over building trusting relationships, especially after suffering through WWII, should have made me close this book. But nope, I dove into the novel and loved it. Why? I think it is because it's the perfect fiction novel for me- a combination of historical romance, action, spy thriller mystery. Though the author made it clear that things were not as they appeared right from the beginning of Marta's journey, some of the twists were still a surprise. She made me feel like I was running through the streets of Eastern Europe with Marta and I enjoyed the adventure!I didn't know that this was a sequel to The Kommandant's Girl. I will go back and read

  • Erin
    2018-09-05 22:12

    A sequel to The Kommandant's Girl which follows Marta, a friend of Emma's, a Resistance fighter who is imprisoned by the Gestapo and soon rescued by an American soldier, Paul. Marta is soon put in an Austrian refugee camp so that she can recover from her injuries and she soon meets up with the dashing American soldier that rescued her. Paul and Marta agree to meet in England and then sail to America. However, Paul never arrives and Marta's life takes a different path than what is planned. Years later, Marta's Resistance training is once again needed by her adopted nation and what she finds brings feelings long ago suppressed.Pam Jenoff presents another thrilling wartime page turner.

  • carrietracy
    2018-09-27 00:16

    While I preferred this to Pam Jenoff's other book, The Kommandant's Girl, the ending was again infuriating. Jenoff clearly cannot bring herself to end a book without some type of far-fetched twist. It's as though she's not writing for the pleasure of the readers, but as though she's fervently hoping the book will be converted into a Hollywood movie and she feels compelled to insert enough DRAMA for it to be considered. Myself, I prefer a well-written plot and compelling characters.Although it seems I'm being kind in rewarding this with three stars, I did enjoy the majority of it, weak character development and all, and it was a quick read.

  • Ruth
    2018-09-15 23:01

    I really enjoyed Jenoff's first book, the Kommandant's Girl, so I was looking forward to the sequel. It started out great. The heroine's second meeting with the American soldier who rescued her from the concentration camp was so romantic, as well as her next encounter with him in Paris. ("Paris is always a good idea.")I also admired how the author detailed the heroine's hardships in Paris when she found herself alone there, friendless.The second half of the book didn't really work for me. It just didn't seem believable. Too many coincidences. It was too bad, b/c I like her writing style, and the book (and the title) had so much promise.Still, it was worth the read.

  • Laura
    2018-09-09 19:18

    I thoroughly enjoyed this sequel. Although initally a little aprehensive about whether or not it would be as brilliant as The Kommandants Girl, this novel kept me page turning for hours at a time. As ever, Jenoff's character observation is to be commended. They are believable, and completely unapologetically intense. I loved the female lead, despite her flaws, and found the journey she takes to be heart stoppingly sensational. A must read for those who enjoyed its predessesor.