The English Wife

The English Wife by Adrienne Chinn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The destiny brought two England-born women together on the other side of the world known as Newfoundland.

Ellie’s post-war life brought her to the beautiful seaside of Tippy’s Tickle at the end of WWII. After reuniting with her war husband, Ellie settled down in her new hometown where together with Thomas they raised their growing family. Times were challenging. And despite the unfair treatment of her mother-in-law, after Thomas’ death – Ellie remained living in her new home country.

The horrors of the Twin Tower attacks on September 11, 2001, played a very major role in Ellie’s life. She reunited with the last remaining relative from her birth country, Sophie. Sophie always knew of her estranged aunt, but per her mother’s insistence – never kept in touch. But everything in life happens for a reason. And Sophie’s plane rerouting to Newfoundland was a universe’s way of giving the two women a chance to get to know one another and finally learn the truth about their past and connection.

The pace of the novel was slow but it picked up close to the middle of the book. I was hooked to the story for the most part of it – till I got to the last few chapters. The build-up of the plot was so good, unfortunately, the ending in my opinion was very predictable and mushy. The “secret” twists were foreseeable. And while Ellie seemed to have her closure, what happened to Emmett’s? I wish his story didn’t end in such a wasted way. I also feel there was so much potential in Dottie’s character, however, she was poorly portrayed in the novel. In the end, the novel felt like a Hallmark movie.

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