Stuck in an airport for 7 hours, I quickly made my way to the bookstore and bought the first promising book I came to: The Soldier's Wife, set in WW2 on one of the Channel Islands. Her husband at war, she is left at home with her ailing mother in law, her two daughters and a cat. I'm so glad I picked this book up - it was the perfect get away book, filled with detailed description of life on Guernsey, a forbidden affair, and the truly horrific reality of war.
When Vivienne de la Mare is nearly killed by the bombing of her island by the Germans, she immediately regrets not getting away and heading to London. Something stopped her - the fear of traveling with her two daughters in a small boat across the big open water for such a long distance. So, she takes her chances at home. Soon, her neighbor's house is requisitioned by the German officers assigned to the island. Fearful, she tries to stay hidden, until one day she comes face to face with one of the officers - Gunther, who soon becomes her friend and then her lover. Forced to face the realities of her own marriage, she seek solace in Gunther's arms at night, even while the Germans are bringing prisoners to work in labor camps, starving and beating them to death.
Vivienne is torn between her desire to "fight" against the Germans, and her love for her enemy. The romance is doomed from the start, but it is hauntingly beautiful in the poetic landscape of the island as these two find comfort in each other while they can.
I may find another book by this author to see if they match up to this type of writing.