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ARC: The Major’s Daughter: A Novel by J.P. Francis

The Major’s Daughter
J.P. Francis
Plume July 29, 2014
Pages 400
ISBN13: 9780452298699
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

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Recommendation: 3/5

From Goodreads:
April, 1944. The quiet rural village of Stark, New Hampshire is irrevocably changed by the arrival of 150 German prisoners of war. And one family, unexpectedly divided, must choose between love and country.

Camp Stark is under the command of Major John Brennan, whose beautiful daughter, Collie, will serve as translator. Educated at Smith and devoted to her widowed father, Collie is immediately drawn to Private August Wahrlich, a peaceful poet jaded by war. As international conflict looms on the home front, their passion blinds them to the inevitable dangers ahead.

Inspired by the little-known existence of a real World War II POW camp, The Major’s Daughter is a fresh take on the timeless theme of forbidden love.


My Thoughts
Francis did a wonderful job with historical references. The two young women serving as main characters – Collie and Estelle along with the time period and war references were very well done. The reader felt the environment of the 1940’s and the upheaval and uncertainty of wartime. The feelings of people from both sides were addressed with realism. Francis has a lovely writing style, slightly poetic, definately not overdone especially for a love story. Her words paint the emotional difficulty faced by the characters, her prose enhanced the reading experience.

Francis created an interesting narrative of forbidden love. The manner in which Collie and August meet, and feelings develop was sentimental. The premise of the societal and family propriety during this era was heartbreaking. Nationalities, religion and social status all contributed to forbidden love and many heartbreaks. Familial expectations, duty, obligation reigned in matters of the heart and love. The narrative gives a wonderful glimpse of the prejudices and boundaries experienced during this time in history.

I found the novel quite enjoyable, I appreciated the emotional and difficulty love during wartime and the 1940’s presented. This is a love story without the syrupy tone most romance narratives carry. I prefer my romance genre to be tragic and painful, where love and joining together is a painful road. Yes I do enjoy a HEA but I prefer painful, longing love. < I know terrible!

Historical fiction fans will want to give this a read, the romance aspect, time period and all the characters contribute to its appeal. The ending tied the story together in such a complimentary manner. Wonderful debut from Francis.

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