I received this digital ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you St Martin’s Press for choosing me to review The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman
The Wartime Sisters Synopsis
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.
The Wartime Sisters Book Details
Author: Lynda Cohen Loigman
Publication Date: 22nd January 2019
Number of Pages: 304
Publisher: St Martin’s Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Women’s Fiction
First Chapter Impressions
The first part of chapter 1 focuses on Ruth’s (the older sister) perspective. She has learned to just accept that everyone will always like Millie more than they like her and I sense a melancholy more than a bitterness now that she is 16. It has hooked me in and I’m eager to read more and see if the sisters eventually become friends.
The second part of chapter 1 focuses on Millie’s perspective. She doesn’t understand what she has done to make Ruth hate her so much and feels unfairly judged by her sister.
The main part of the story is during 1942-1943 when Ruth & Millie are in their twenties. It flashes back to important moments in their history that have led them to where they are. There is constant intrigue and yearning that the two can sort out their differences. It is brilliantly written and makes you want the best for both characters despite them feeling like they are constantly pitted against each other.
The sisters both perceive each other in ways opposite to how they feel. It’s an interesting dynamic that Ruth thinks that Millie is spoilt and perfect though Millie sees herself as insecure and that she’ll never be as good as Ruth who she believes looks down on her. Millie thinks Ruth is strong, confident and cold but Ruth puts on a front so that people don’t see how she really feels.
I like Lillian’s character. I feel like she could introduce something very important to the sisters, like putting their differences and judgements aside and becoming like real sisters, loving each other despite their differences. I love the focus on the female characters, the men are secondary. It’s full of strong women who lift each other up when it is so desperately needed.
Recommendation & Where to Find It
I recommend the Wartime Sisters to anybody who loves books about historical fiction, family tension, World War 2, and strong women in challenging circumstances.
You can preorder the Wartime Sisters here. It will be released on 22nd January 2019. I think it’s going to be a bestseller.