Relationships between sisters are complicated. There’s love, loyalty, envy and in the case of THE WARTIME SISTERS(St.MartinsPress), long-buried secrets that threaten to destroy an already tenuous relationship.
Just when you’re starting to think, there’s nothing left about World War II for another novel, THE WARTIME SISTERS comes along. It highlights relationships at the Springfield Armory National Historic site in Massachusetts in the 30’s and 40’s. Ruth and Millie are sisters. Ruth is the smart one and three years older, but Millie is the pretty sister and there lies much of the problem, which ferments over decades.
The two Brooklyn-raised sisters are reunited five years after being estranged at the Armory in the early days of WWII. While Ruth lives in relative ease on the perfectly landscaped campus as an officer’s wife, Millie arrives as a war widow with her toddler, Michael 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. Suddenly they are left with no other place to turn but to themselves.
Lynda Cohen Loigman tells a rich compelling story in THE WARTIME SISTERS. I fell in love with both Ruth and Millie and was routing for them to reunite. I felt as sad as they might have, being away from the other – for the wasted years, misunderstandings and heart-break.
I’m so happy this is one of my first reads of 2019! I’m excited for what the year in literature holds.
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.
Thanks to St. Martin’s Press we have a copy of THE WARTIME SISTERS to giveaway. Just tell us about your relationship with your sister, or any of your siblings if you have them. We’ll announce a winner soon. Good luck.
GIVEAWAY: USA only please.