Review: The Wartime Sisters by Lynda Cohen Loigman


Release date: January 22, 2019

Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Genre: Historical Fiction


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. 

I’m such a sucker for a book about sisters and this had the added bonus of being set during World War Two which is rapidly becoming my favorite era in Historical Fiction! While the time period definitely plays a big role in the story, at its core this is really about the complicated relationship between siblings.

This is told in alternating timelines and also flips back and forth between Ruth and Millie. You also hear a little from some other women that are important in the women’s lives as well and I absolutely loved this structure, everything just flowed together so smoothly, there wasn’t any of that disjointed feeling that sometimes happens when a book bounces around. Loigman’s style was incredibly easy to get lost in and I could easily picture the scenes she brought to life.

There were several layers to this one, much more than meets the eye as both Ruth and Millie were trying to keep secrets from one another. It’s abundantly clear that they have issues and are harboring resentments against each other and as the book progresses you slowly find out where things went wrong between them. A really solid family drama set in an era sure to captivate, especially if you like women’s fiction as well as HF.

The Wartime Sisters in three words: Fluid, Insightful and Alluring.

Overall rating: 4/5

Thanks to the publisher for my review copy.

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