Jan 23 2018

Can’t Wait Wednesday #26: The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 8 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well!



This an era of time that I find completely heart breaking, but the strength that some of the people had is just amazing. Marijke story sounds like an emotional one as well as Karl and
Luciano’s. I will have my tissues handy, and follow them on their journey’s.

What are you waiting on this week?



The Dutch Wife
By: Ellen Keith
Expected Publication: April 24th 2018
Published: Patrick Crean Editions
Pages: 384
Format: Kindle
Genre: Adult, Historical Fiction, World War II

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Amsterdam, May 1943. As the tulips bloom and the Nazis tighten their grip across the city, the last signs of Dutch resistance are being swept away. Marijke de Graaf and her husband are arrested and deported to different concentration camps in Germany. Marijke is given a terrible choice: to suffer a slow death in the labour camp or—for a chance at survival—to join the camp brothel.

On the other side of the barbed wire, SS officer Karl Müller arrives at the camp hoping to live up to his father’s expectations of wartime glory. But faced with a brutal routine of overseeing executions and punishments, he longs for an escape. When he encounters the newly arrived Marijke, this meeting changes their lives forever.

Woven into the narrative across space and time is Luciano Wagner’s ordeal in 1977 Buenos Aires, during the heat of the Argentine Dirty War. In his struggle to endure military captivity, he searches for ways to resist from a prison cell he may never leave.

From the Netherlands to Germany to Argentina, The Dutch Wife braids together the stories of three individuals who share a dark secret and are entangled in two of the most oppressive reigns of terror in modern history. This is a novel about the blurred lines between love and lust, abuse and resistance, and right and wrong, as well as the capacity for ordinary people to persevere and do the unthinkable in extraordinary circumstances.


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8 Responses to “Can’t Wait Wednesday #26: The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith”

  1. Sam@WLABB

    I have to say, any book set over seas during this time period always gets me emotional too. I hope you love this book when you read it!

  2. Greg

    Wow this one does sound like an emotional and harrowing read. The capacity of people to survive in that horrible time is always amazing to me, with some of the things people suffered.

  3. Lover Of Romance

    I just love reading books set in WWII as well, its a bit of a lost art now a days, but I just love the setting though. These people were so strong and courageous though.

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