Sunday, February 10, 2019

The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman

Two estranged sisters, raised in Brooklyn and each burdened with her own shocking secret, are reunited at the Springfield Armory in the early days of WWII. While one sister lives in relative ease on the bucolic Armory campus as an officer’s wife, the other arrives as a war widow and takes a position in the Armory factories as a “soldier of production.” Resentment festers between the two, and secrets are shattered when a mysterious figure from the past reemerges in their lives.

My Thoughts 
 What an amazing story about the trials and tribulations that can take place between sisters.  This was such a powerful story with many important side stories backing it up.
Ruth and Millie had to different childhoods due to the treatment from their mother and father (who never called his wife out on her behavior).  Ruth was always portrayed as the ugly duckling who should take whatever she can get and be happy.  On the flip side Millie was treated like the little princess that could do no wrong and deserved a prince (literally) to sweep her off her feet.
That type of behavior on behalf of their mother will cause a deep seated animosity between the girls.
This story also has issues revolving around domestic violence, abuse and bullying as well.
I highly recommend this book to many and it is one of my top picks of the year!

Drink Selection
   I'm going to pair this selection with The Pink Squirrel - doesn't it just sound fun?


Lynda Cohen Loigman
About Lynda
Lynda Cohen Loigman grew up in Longmeadow, Massachusetts. She received a B.A. in English and American Literature from Harvard College and a law degree from Columbia Law School. Lynda practiced trusts and estates law in New York City for eight years before moving out of the city to raise her two children with her husband. She wrote The Two-Family House while she was a student of the Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. The Two-Family House was chosen by Goodreads as a best book of the month for March, 2016, and was a nominee for the Goodreads 2016 Choice Awards in Historical Fiction. Lynda's second novel, The Wartime Sisters, will be published on January 22, 2019.

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