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Two women a world apartA secret waiting to be discovered‘An emotive and engaging read’ Rosanna Ley‘Rich evocative and utterly immersive this beautifully written book swept me away’ Jenny Ashcroft‘Evocative sensual and authentic’ Jane JohnsonVE Day 1945 As victory bells ring out across the country war bride Ellie Burgess’ happiness is overshadowed by grief Her charismatic Newfoundlander husband Thomas is still missing in action Until a letter arrives explaining Thomas is back at home on the other side of the Atlantic recovering from his injuriesTravelling to a distant country to live with a man she barely knows is the bravest thing Ellie has ever had to do But noth Thanks to NetGalley Harper Collins UK and Adrienne Chinn for my copy of The English WifeEngland 1946 Ellie Parsons is nervous she’s leaving England with her baby son Emmett to finally live with her husband Thomas in Newfoundland Canada and due to WW II she hasn’t seen him in two years Saying goodbye to her father Henry and sister Dottie is really hard and she’s traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to the other side of the world and when will she ever see them again? Thomas is living at home he’s staying with his parents he’s recovering from his war wounds and she has no idea how severe his injuries are? She leaves England sets sail on a ship full of very excited war brides and young children Ellie gets a big shock when she arrives her husbands injuries are worse than she thought and Newfoundland is nothing like home The living conditions are very primitive in Tippy’s Tickle the newlyweds are living with her husband’s parents her mother in law finds fault with everything she does and doesn’t like herSeptember 2001Sophie Parry is on a plane when it’s diverted to Newfoundland and she was on her way to an important business meeting in New York She has no idea what happened she’s shocked to discover America had been attacked by terrorists she decides to call her aunt Ellie who lives in Newfoundland to see if she can stay with her for a few days and finally meet her For some reason Sophie’s mum Dottie didn’t have a very good relationship with her sister they didn’t keep in contact with each other and she’s always wondered why?Newfoundland 2011Sophie returns to Newfoundland to visit her aunt she’s now 89 and her only living relative Sophie is really there on business the land in Tippy’s Tickle might be suitable for a golf course and a possibly a resort?This is when the story starts to get confusing; having three time lines multiple characters crazy plots and farfetched secrets was too much for me I would have preferred the story to have been about war brides and only have two timelines It would have been a far enjoyable easier to follow and I gave the book three stars I have shared my review on Goodreads NetGalley Australia Edelweiss Kobo Twitter Barnes Noble and my blog The Sea Lion Festival knows is the bravest thing Ellie has ever had to do But noth Thanks to NetGalley Harper Collins UK and Adrienne Chinn for my copy of The English WifeEngland 1946 Ellie Parsons is nervous she’s leaving England with her baby son Emmett to finally live with her husband Thomas in Newfoundland Canada and due to WW II she hasn’t seen him in two years Saying goodbye to her father Henry and sister Dottie is really hard and she’s traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to the other side of the world and when will she ever see them again? Thomas is living at home he’s staying with his parents he’s recovering from his war wounds and she has no idea how severe his injuries are? She leaves England sets sail on a ship full of very excited war brides and young children Ellie gets a big shock when she arrives her husbands injuries are worse than she thought and Newfoundland is nothing like home The living conditions are very primitive in Tippy’s Tickle the newlyweds are living with her husband’s parents her mother in law finds fault with everything she does and doesn’t like herSeptember 2001Sophie Parry is on a plane when it’s diverted to Newfoundland and she was on her way to an important business meeting in New York She has no idea what happened she’s shocked to discover America had been attacked by terrorists she decides to call her aunt Ellie who lives in Newfoundland to see if she can stay with her for a few days and finally meet her For some reason Sophie’s mum Dottie didn’t have a very good relationship with her sister they didn’t Billy Connolly keep in contact with each other and she’s always wondered why?Newfoundland 2011Sophie returns to Newfoundland to visit her aunt she’s now 89 and her only living relative Sophie is really there on business the land in Tippy’s Tickle might be suitable for a golf course and a possibly a resort?This is when the story starts to get confusing; having three time lines multiple characters crazy plots and farfetched secrets was too much for me I would have preferred the story to have been about war brides and only have two timelines It would have been a far enjoyable easier to follow and I gave the book three stars I have shared my review on Goodreads NetGalley Australia Edelweiss Kobo Twitter Barnes Noble and my blog

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The English Wife

E and utterly immersive this beautifully written book swept me away’ Jenny Ashcroft“An epic tale of family tragedy love I highly recommend this book” Books Wine Cats 5“The sense of suspense makes this story a page turner Highly recommend this book especially if you’re looking for a WWII era book without all of the historical stuff” To Read is to Breathe 5“I couldn’t put it down It was not your typical historical novel I think that’s what I loved about it Great book” Dabbookclub 4“A book that drew me in from the first pages The characters come alive they’re so well written Fans of historic fiction will love this story An author to follow” Consumer review Ellie is swept off her feet by Thomas a soldier from the Newfoundland regiment during World War II in Norwich England  Thomas turns Ellie's life upside down with a whirlwind romance and uick elopement before he is sent off to war  Ellie doesn't receive another letter from Thomas until she learns that he has been injured and is now back home in Newfoundland recovering  Ellie packs up to leave the only home she has ever known with her newborn son Emmett to forge a life in a new land with a man she barely knows  September 11 2001 Sophie Parry leaves London for New York  She is interviewing for her big break at an architecture firm  Unexpectedly her plane is routed to the nearest airport in Newfoundland  Stuck in a small town and unable to reach her interview  Sophie seeks out her mother's sister that her family has long been estranged from  Sophie's Aunt Ellie welcomes her with open arms and introduces her to a family she never knew The English Wife is a multi faceted historical fiction drama with dual timelines intrigue secrets and lies  I love a good dual timeline and this one delivered  I loved that both Ellie and Sophie were tough determined and willing to go against the grain   The writing was able to weave together Ellie's story in the 1940's along with her sister Dottie her former fiance George and Thomas along with Ellie and Sophie in 2001 and 2011 in a way that I could easily follow  It was very interesting to see Ellie in the light of the 1940's and the 2000's; she was still very much herself but different in many ways  Sophie was a surprising character from the very beginning I knew that she had a difficult decision to make between sealing her career and destroying the family and town that she has just found  This created tension right from the beginning that carried throughout the story  As things progressed secrets came out that changed my perspective as well as the characters  I really wish people would have stopped messing with Ellie's life; however she seemed to come out ok in the end  In addition I enjoyed Sam and Becca's characters as well as the town of Tippy's Tickle  I could imagine the houses the seascapes and the songs of the whales singing This book was received for free in return for an honest review Rebound Roommate (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, known with her newborn son Emmett to forge a life in a new land with a man she barely Cure for the Loneliness knows  September 11 2001 Sophie Parry leaves London for New York  She is interviewing for her big break at an architecture firm  Unexpectedly her plane is routed to the nearest airport in Newfoundland  Stuck in a small town and unable to reach her interview  Sophie seeks out her mother's sister that her family has long been estranged from  Sophie's Aunt Ellie welcomes her with open arms and introduces her to a family she never Bijoux en origami knew The English Wife is a multi faceted historical fiction drama with dual timelines intrigue secrets and lies  I love a good dual timeline and this one delivered  I loved that both Ellie and Sophie were tough determined and willing to go against the grain   The writing was able to weave together Ellie's story in the 1940's along with her sister Dottie her former fiance George and Thomas along with Ellie and Sophie in 2001 and 2011 in a way that I could easily follow  It was very interesting to see Ellie in the light of the 1940's and the 2000's; she was still very much herself but different in many ways  Sophie was a surprising character from the very beginning I Hookup Master (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, knew that she had a difficult decision to make between sealing her career and destroying the family and town that she has just found  This created tension right from the beginning that carried throughout the story  As things progressed secrets came out that changed my perspective as well as the characters  I really wish people would have stopped messing with Ellie's life; however she seemed to come out ok in the end  In addition I enjoyed Sam and Becca's characters as well as the town of Tippy's Tickle  I could imagine the houses the seascapes and the songs of the whales singing This book was received for free in return for an honest review

Adrienne Chinn ´ 1 SUMMARY

Ing can prepare her for the harsh realities of her new homeSeptember 11th 2001 Sophie Parry is on a plane to New York on the most tragic day in the city’s history While the world watches the news in horror Sophie’s flight is rerouted to a tiny town in Newfoundland and she is forced to seek refuge with her estranged aunt Ellie Determined to discover what it was that forced her family apart all those years ago newfound secrets may change her life forever This is a timeless story of love sacrifice and resilience perfect for fans of Lucinda Riley Lorna Cook and Gill PaulWhat readers are saying about The English Wife‘An emotive and engaging read’ Rosanna Ley‘Rich evocativ War bride Ellie finds herself moving clear across the Atlantic to Newfoundland to be with her husband and young son She has left her father and sister behind and tried to make life a good one for her children despite a harsh mother in law Once her husband tragically drowns life really becomes a struggle and she makes a deal with someone from her pastArchitect Sophie is on her way to NYC in September of 2001 to interview with a prestigious firm The events of 911 divert her to Newfoundland where she looks up the aunt she’s never met Ellie Time spent with Ellie unveils secrets and hidden talent that Sophie wasn’t aware of Her time in Tippys Tickle changes her and sets her out on a path of self discovery and a truth once buried deep in the oceanThis story is so sensual and so touching Alternating between WWII era and 911 era and beyond you spend much of the book wondering why these two vastly different but strong and determined women had never met before Ellie’s sister Dottie plays a big part of the storybut it is very easy not to like her until you realize that she has her own issues that she’s dealing with that make her the way she is and plays a part in why Ellie and Sophie are meeting so many years laterThe sense of suspense makes this story a page turner The characters are all easily relatable I smiled because there are dachshunds in this book and I’m a dachshund mom so I had a slight personal connection there Another thing I loved about this book is the subtle use of whales to describe emotion They spend their lives swimming along on a path that seems predestined but when they leap out of the the water they become free and life can take on a new direction when they hit the waterHighly recommend this book especially if you’re looking for a WWII era book without all of the historical stuff Thank you to NetGalley and Adrienne Chinn for a chance to read this before it’s publication date It was wonderful


10 thoughts on “The English Wife

  1. says:

    Thanks to NetGalley Harper Collins UK and Adrienne Chinn for my copy of The English WifeEngland 1946 Ellie Parsons is nervous she’s leaving England with her baby son Emmett to finally live with her husband Thomas in Newfoundland Canada and due to WW II she hasn’t seen him in two years Saying goodbye to her father Henry and sister Dottie is really hard and she’s traveling across the Atlantic Ocean to the other side of the world and when will she ever see them again? Thomas is living at home he’s staying with his parents he’s recovering from his war wounds and she has no idea how severe his injuries are? She leaves England sets sail on a ship full of very excited war brides and young children Ellie gets a big shock when she arrives her husbands injuries are worse than she thought and Newfoundland is nothing like home The living conditions are very primitive in Tippy’s Tickle the newlyweds are living with her husband’s parents her mother in law finds fault with everything she does and doesn’t like herSeptember 2001Sophie Parry is on a plane when it’s diverted to Newfoundland and she was on her way to an important business meeting in New York She has no idea what happened she’s shocked to discover America had been attacked by terrorists she decides to call her aunt Ellie who lives in Newfoundland to see if she can stay with her for a few days and finally meet her For some reason Sophie’s mum Dottie didn’t have a very good relationship with her sister they didn’t keep in contact with each other and she’s always wondered why?Newfoundland 2011Sophie returns to Newfoundland to visit her aunt she’s now 89 and her only living relative Sophie is really there on business the land in Tippy’s Tickle might be suitable for a golf course and a possibly a resort?This is when the story starts to get confusing; having three time lines multiple characters crazy plots and farfetched secrets was too much for me I would have preferred the story to have been about war brides and only have two timelines It would have been a far enjoyable easier to follow and I gave the book three stars I have shared my review on Goodreads NetGalley Australia Edelweiss Kobo Twitter Barnes Noble and my blog


  2. says:

    The story is set in England WWII Newfoundland 2001 2011Ellie and Dottie were sisters and the story revolves around them their husbands and their children Dottie didn't like when Ellie met Thomas She tries to control her and keep her from breaking up with her long term boyfriend George But Ellie eventually marries Thomas and they emigrated to Newfoundland The sisters are estranged 911 2001 Dotties daughter is on a flight to New York It's diverted to Newfoundland The chapters tell us what era we are going to read about I felt some parts of the story dragged out while others were beautifully written This is an interesting read and look into how family dynamics secrets and choices they made connected It's one of those stories you could go on about but it's best to read it for yourself nd make your own opinions There's parts of the story that are a little out of sync but that didn't put me off I would like to thank NetGalley HarperCollins UK HarperFiction and the author Adrienne Chinn for my ARC in exchange for an honest review


  3. says:

    The English Wife written by a new author to this reader is a lovely historical romance The story transitioned a bit slow for me in the beginning but gradually picked up pace and my attention The only drawback that irritated me a bit was the prgression of the story toggling back and forth through time periods which had me confused at times The scenic locations of this story is during WWII and the Year 2001 where if you are the reader you are getting a view of both eras in history that as I've mentioned can be sometimes confusingI thought the characters were interesting and the different settings were depicted well as some historicals do if the are well written in the book This story did not excite me as much as I thought it would however is was just average to this readerThank you Netgalley and Harper Collins for this ARC in exchange for my fair and honest review Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own3 Stars


  4. says:

    What sounds from the book description like a dual timeline story is actually a triple if not uadruple timeline story although most of the first part of the book takes place either in WW2 Norwich or in Newfoundland in 2001  Some concentration is needed to keep track of the different storylines as the chapters switch freuently back and forth in time However it’s well worth the effort as you’re soon drawn into what is an increasingly multi layered storyIn essence all roads lead to the uaintly named Tippy’s Tickle in Newfoundland Coincidence or fate? Ellen arrived there in 1946 as a war bride to join her husband Thomas and Sophie Ellen’s niece finds herself there when the plane in which she’s travelling to New York is rerouted to Newfoundland due to the 911 terror attacks As to how Sophie ends up in Tippy’s Tickle well that’s less “of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world she walks into mine” from Casablanca as “of all the tea ueues in all the world he ends up in mine”In dual time stories I sometimes find myself invested in the story set in the past than in the present This wasn’t the case with The English Wife Not that the events that see young Ellen travelling across the world from her home in Norwich aren’t compelling it’s just that the reader pretty much knows the trajectory of her story from the book description Although having said that there are secrets to be discovered even there and the author keeps the reader waiting uite a while until these are revealedSophie’s unplanned – and unwanted – stopover in Newfoundland in 2001 is an obstacle in her otherwise organised to the last detail life Her determination to get to New York for an interview reminded me of the wonderful 1945 film I Know Where I’m Going in which Joan Webster played by Wendy Hiller is prevented by bad weather from making the crossing to the island of Kiloran Sophie soon falls under the spell of Tippy’s Tickle and who could blame her because there’s a lovely sense of community about the place and it is surrounded by beautiful rugged landscape Although outsiders are known as “Come From Aways” its inhabitants are welcoming and hospitable as well as accepting of difference It was good to see diverse characters playing such a part in the story As it happens Tippy’s Tickle isn’t the only thing to cast a spell on Sophie during her stay However sometimes things don’t work out the way you wantTen years later – to the day – Sophie is travelling back to Tippy’s Tickle on an assignment for the architectural practice for which she works They are planning a lavish leisure development – hotel golf course the works If you know the film Local Hero Ed that’s enough of the film references you’ll have an idea that the plans may not be greeted with universal enthusiasm especially as it affects people to whom Sophie has grown close For some it threatens their sense of security and a way of life that is all they have ever known; something they will do anything to prevent How will Sophie negotiate this dilemma? You’ll need to read the book to find outI can’t finish this review without commenting on the fabulous insight into Newfoundland culture the book provides including collouialisms such as being “gut foundered” hungryThe English Wife is a skilfully crafted multi layered story about family secrets missed opportunities second chances and finding out what’s really important in life


  5. says:

    War bride Ellie finds herself moving clear across the Atlantic to Newfoundland to be with her husband and young son She has left her father and sister behind and tried to make life a good one for her children despite a harsh mother in law Once her husband tragically drowns life really becomes a struggle and she makes a deal with someone from her pastArchitect Sophie is on her way to NYC in September of 2001 to interview with a prestigious firm The events of 911 divert her to Newfoundland where she looks up the aunt she’s never met Ellie Time spent with Ellie unveils secrets and hidden talent that Sophie wasn’t aware of Her time in Tippys Tickle changes her and sets her out on a path of self discovery and a truth once buried deep in the oceanThis story is so sensual and so touching Alternating between WWII era and 911 era and beyond you spend much of the book wondering why these two vastly different but strong and determined women had never met before Ellie’s sister Dottie plays a big part of the storybut it is very easy not to like her until you realize that she has her own issues that she’s dealing with that make her the way she is and plays a part in why Ellie and Sophie are meeting so many years laterThe sense of suspense makes this story a page turner The characters are all easily relatable I smiled because there are dachshunds in this book and I’m a dachshund mom so I had a slight personal connection there Another thing I loved about this book is the subtle use of whales to describe emotion They spend their lives swimming along on a path that seems predestined but when they leap out of the the water they become free and life can take on a new direction when they hit the waterHighly recommend this book especially if you’re looking for a WWII era book without all of the historical stuff Thank you to NetGalley and Adrienne Chinn for a chance to read this before it’s publication date It was wonderful


  6. says:

    During World War II 18 year old Ellie is living with her family in England She has been comfortably dating George for years and they are planning on getting married once the war is over Thomas is a soldier from Newfoundland who is based in England Ellie and Thomas meet at a dance and though she tries to fight it they fall in love and get married before Thomas is shipped off to Italy She doesn't hear from him for a long time and when she does she discovers he has been shipped home to Newfoundland with an injury She joins him there with their son Emmett and discovers that life in rural Newfoundland is a lot different than England they have no electricity or indoor plumbing the men fish and drink and she's living with her in laws her mother in law hates her because she's English and Catholic it didn't seem like Thomas stuck up for Ellie to his mother and let her take the abuseOn September 9 2001 Sophie is flying from London to New York for a job interview Her plane gets grounded in Gander Newfoundland Remembering her Aunt Ellie lives in Newfoundland Sophie gets a ride and arrives at Ellie's house rather than staying with the rest of the plane people scattered around Gander Aunt Ellie is very pleased to welcome her long long niece into her home and Sophie gets to know Ellie's son Emmett son in law Sam granddaughter Becca her mother Ellie's daughter had passed away and Florie Ellie's friendI'm not a fan of period books but I liked this one I liked the writing style and most of the characters Dottie Ellie's sister was annoying It's written in third person perspective with the focus on wherever the action was I liked that it was set so much in Newfoundland and I found the author captured the flavour of their accents The book bounces around between three different timelines I don't usually mind this style but I found it took a while for me to catch the rhythm I found it odd that during the 911 week Sophie spent in Newfoundland no one there was overly concerned there about the terrorist attacksThe editing could have been better there was missing punctuation and typos it's Port aux Basues not Portes aux Basues the author should know this since she's originally from NewfoundlandBlog review post


  7. says:

    Ellie is swept off her feet by Thomas a soldier from the Newfoundland regiment during World War II in Norwich England  Thomas turns Ellie's life upside down with a whirlwind romance and uick elopement before he is sent off to war  Ellie doesn't receive another letter from Thomas until she learns that he has been injured and is now back home in Newfoundland recovering  Ellie packs up to leave the only home she has ever known with her newborn son Emmett to forge a life in a new land with a man she barely knows  September 11 2001 Sophie Parry leaves London for New York  She is interviewing for her big break at an architecture firm  Unexpectedly her plane is routed to the nearest airport in Newfoundland  Stuck in a small town and unable to reach her interview  Sophie seeks out her mother's sister that her family has long been estranged from  Sophie's Aunt Ellie welcomes her with open arms and introduces her to a family she never knew The English Wife is a multi faceted historical fiction drama with dual timelines intrigue secrets and lies  I love a good dual timeline and this one delivered  I loved that both Ellie and Sophie were tough determined and willing to go against the grain   The writing was able to weave together Ellie's story in the 1940's along with her sister Dottie her former fiance George and Thomas along with Ellie and Sophie in 2001 and 2011 in a way that I could easily follow  It was very interesting to see Ellie in the light of the 1940's and the 2000's; she was still very much herself but different in many ways  Sophie was a surprising character from the very beginning I knew that she had a difficult decision to make between sealing her career and destroying the family and town that she has just found  This created tension right from the beginning that carried throughout the story  As things progressed secrets came out that changed my perspective as well as the characters  I really wish people would have stopped messing with Ellie's life; however she seemed to come out ok in the end  In addition I enjoyed Sam and Becca's characters as well as the town of Tippy's Tickle  I could imagine the houses the seascapes and the songs of the whales singing This book was received for free in return for an honest review


  8. says:

    The English Wife by Adrienne Chinn is a historical romance that is told from multiple points of view I enjoyed the authors descriptions of Newfoundland and the remote town of Tippy’s Tickle The country sounded rugged remote and beautiful I could just imagine how cold it was living by the water from the author’s words Ellie Sophie Sam Dottie Becca Florie George and Thomas are just a few of the characters in the story The POV originally alternates between Sophie and Ellie but it branches out into the other characters along the way In addition to the various POVs the time period changes The story begins in February of 1946 with Ellie sailing to Newfoundland We also have Sophie in September of 2011 getting ready to return to the small inlet of Tippy’s Tickle on business It then goes back to 1940 moving forward through the war years and 2001 The chapters are short which leads to a choppy flow I would just get into Ellie’s story and then I am back to Sophie It is a wonder I did not get whiplash It leads to a confusing story It felt like the author wrote two different stories and then took pieces from each to make into one book I would put my book down and come back to it utterly lost I had to backtrack to figure out which character was speaking and where I was in time The story lacked continuity Sophie and Ellie’s stories come together in the end with an expected conclusion Secrets get revealed but they can be discerned before they are revealed I was not a fan of Emmett Parsons Ellie’s son He was an odd duck I wish the author had taken the time to establish Ellie and Sophie in the beginning They needed to be fleshed out and given life While I liked Ellie Sophie did not appeal to me I felt that most of the characters were flat I was also put off by the amount of foul language just in the first couple of chapters it is in the rest of the book as well just not so much at once I really wanted to like The English Wife but it just did not work for me


  9. says:

    35 stars This book alternates between basically two timelines the first during World War II and the second in the aftermath of the Twin Towers attack Ellie is present in both we watch her in World War II as she copes with bombings love and loss as well as with a demanding younger sister And we see her as an old woman though not the center of the story in Newfoundland after the Twin Towers when her niece Sophie finally comes for a visit The stories unfold fairly slowly with great attention to characterization and detail I think one of my favorite parts was the town of Tippy's Tickle the attitudes of the people who lived there and the beauty of the Newfoundland landscape It is a place I know almost nothing about and it was nice to learn a little bit The time shifts happen pretty rapidly there is often just a few pages in one timeline before it switched to another For me personally it would have been nice to spend time in each before a switch However I enjoyed both stories and I didn't find myself dreading a switch I just wanted to linger longer in eachMy thanks to Netgalley and the author and publisher for a chance to read this book


  10. says:

    This book is told in multiple timelines Sometimes it works and sometimes it does not This is a mixed bag of WWII England 911 and 10 years after 911 in Tippy's Tickle Newfoundland I liked this story of Sophie Ellie Sam Becca and a host of others I did really enjoy the characters in this book and I thoroughly enjoyed the books setting I removed a star because the flow of the story with the alternating chapters just seemed a bit offMany thanks to Netgalley and One More Chapter for this advanced readers copy This book is due to release in June 2020