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The Soldier's WifeNewlyweds Ruby and Jimmy Hawkins are sure their love will survive the trauma and tragedy of war.

The Soldier’s Wife by Pamela Hart is set amid the desperate battles raging in Gallipoli.

Jimmy dreams of the future they planned together. In Sydney, Ruby reads his romantic letters full of love and longing.

But as weeks slip into months Ruby must forge her own new life.

When she takes a job at a city timber merchant’s yard, she is thrown into a man’s world fraught with complications. And as the lives of those around her begin to shatter, Ruby must change if she is to truly find her way.

Is she still the same woman Jimmy fell in love with?

Inspired by the true story of the author’s own family history, The Soldier’s Wife  is a heart-soaring story of passion, love and loss and learning how to live when all you hold dear is threatened.

“Evokes WWI Sydney to the point where the reader can almost feel the salty wind blowing off the harbour as the troops are shipped out through the Heads.”  – Books and Publishing

Pamela Hart is an award-winning author for adults and children. She has a Doctorate of Creative Arts from the University of Technology, Sydney. Under the name Pamela Freeman she wrote the historical novel The Black Dress,  which won the NSW Premier’s History Prize for 2006. Pamela lives in Sydney with her husband and their son.

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  1. Yes a dear departed friend went thru hell..altho he was born in the 1940s.. his grandfathr died in ww1 leaving a wife n kids.. kids were put in2 orphanages.. one of these kids was my friends dad.. this poor orphaned dreamt his son would be a genius. Son was born. His life was made hell by his dad. This guy told me he was always in the top 10 @ school. Bcos of this his dad said failure made his son repeat classes.. son as an adult was a mess.. i come along n meet son.. we talk.. he snubbed me thinking i was a well 2 do.. hey said i im a yr10 dropout.. son looks @ me.. nobody fails yr 10 n succeeds!!!!. I had to convince this guy he wasnt a failure he was an important person even 2 himself.. i tried to help him.. it was too late.. but things would have been very different 4 this man if his gfather never went 2 war his gmothr not puting her kids in an orphanage.. n this mans dad who had been dragged thru the orphanage never had the imposible dream 4 his son my departed friend.. one horrific error trashed 3 generations of pple

  2. I think I’d like this. My grandma moved to Sydney, a long way from her family, and worked as a waitress to provide for her little girls.

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    • Vivienne, did you put your hand up to do the review?

  3. It’s a great read and as usual I didn’t like finishing it. I’m always sorry when a good book is finished.

  4. Yep thats how it was.. no an easy life 4 a service wife when the partner is overseas n yur left struggling alone with kids

  5. Have to so love these woman and be so proud ”if it was not for that generation we would not be here ;;;;

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