jillianne hamilton - blog
Review: The Dutch Wife
November 15, 2018

Well, that was intense.

Ellen Keith’s WWII novel The Dutch Wife is a dramatic multi-point of view story about a Dutch woman taken to a Nazi concentration camp brothel and the Nazi who falls for her. The third POV is an Argentinian protestor who is held captive in the 1970s. The connection between the three characters isn’t immediately clear but gradually revealed like a slowly-drawn curtain.

Something that struck me as I listened to the audiobook was how fast it begins. Keith wastes no words plunging the reader into the misery of the events, so much so that I thought I was hearing one of those “skip ahead” prologues and not the first chapter. The reader learns about the characters while watching them act and react, rather than doing a sleepy, formal character introduction first. I loved it. For this novel, it was especially effective.

Keith’s details of the camp, the brothel, the unbalanced relationships and the mysterious Buenas Aires prison are dark, troubling and left me uncomfortable—and I mean that in the best way. This book will definitely not leave you feeling happy or light but it’s one hell of a journey.

Hard to put down, despite the darkness of it, The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith is a must-read for fans of WWII historical fiction.

RATING: 5/5 stars

The Dutch Wife on Amazon
Ellen Keith’s website
The Dutch Wife on Goodreads


Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Jillianne Hamilton writes delightful historical fiction and historical romance featuring rebellious heroines and happy endings.

Available Now

The Land Girl on Lily Road
The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street - WWII historical romance
The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street - WWII historical romance
Barnes and Noble Nook
iBooks - Apple Books
Amazon Kindle
Barnes and Noble Nook
Amazon Kindle
iBooks - Apple Books
Google Play

sign up for updates

Subscribe for monthly email updates from me.

Get awesome subscriber-only exclusives, be the first to learn about my new book releases, see what I’m working on, get a behind-the-scenes look at my writing process, and more.

Don't forget to confirm your address via the email you will get upon registering. Emails may hide in the spam folder or your promotions tab.