Guest Review: The Major’s Daughter by J.P. Francis
Like Snow Falling on Cedars, a stirring tale of wartime love
April, 1944. The quiet rural village of Stark, New Hampshire is irrevocably changed by the arrival of 150 German prisoners of war. And one family, unexpectedly divided, must choose between love and country.
Camp Stark is under the command of Major John Brennan, whose beautiful daughter, Collie, will serve as translator. Educated at Smith and devoted to her widowed father, Collie is immediately drawn to Private August Wahrlich, a peaceful poet jaded by war. As international conflict looms on the home front, their passion blinds them to the inevitable dangers ahead.
Inspired by the little-known existence of a real World War II POW camp,The Major’s Daughter is a fresh take on the timeless theme of forbidden love.
I received a copy of The Major’s Daughter by J.P. Francis, from NetGalley for a honest review.
When I read the synopsis for this book and saw that it was similar to Summer of My German Soldier, I was excited start reading. My expectations were high because of my love of Summer of My German Soldier. However, I was sadly disappointed. I found this book depressing and blah. It was depressing because I figured either way would end up in heartache for Collie, our heroine. Unfortunately, I was correct in that sense, but I won’t share any more details.
The whole set up seemed a bit unbelievable to a point. The daughter of a major falling in love with a German prisoner at a prisoner of war camp in America in the 1940s. First off, I find it difficult to see how the prisoner and the girl would end up crossing paths enough times for them even to fall in love. Regardless, the author did a good job of setting up the meeting and falling in love of August, the German soldier, and Collie.
Aside from the unlikely set up, the author did a great job with the historical elements, such as the girls, Collie and Estelle, the time period, and information about the war. The whole dating process of the girls is just what one thinks of when thinking about the social scene of the 1940s and 1950s. Also, the author’s writing was just amazing. J.P. Francis has excellent command of the English language. Some of her sentences were just beautifully written and were a joy to read.
The ending of the book felt a bit rushed, especially since the rest of the book went at a slow pace. I wish we, the readers, were given more about the Collie’s life after she tried to escape with August. That would have really rounded out the book, rather than just giving us a short glimpse into her life after the POW camp.
Despite enjoying the author’s writing, I found this book to be blah and not memorable.
I would not recommend this book because it is dull and forgettable.
2 out of 5 stars