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A Young Wife: A Novel Hardcover – June 14, 2011
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"...the unexpected twists in Minke's story and her feisty appeal will keep readers eager to turn the page." - Publishers Weekly
"In this compelling read, Lewis beautifully captures the essence of a place, from the lushness of the Netherlands to the wilds of Argentina to the inhospitable urban streets of New York." - Booklist
"...a stirring journey...its images are undeniably alluring." - BookPage
"Carrington MacDuffie reads with emotion and clarity, bringing Minke's spirit and innocence and growing independence and toughness to life." - SoundCommentary.com
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In this novel Sander DeVries pays a visit to the home of Minke van Aisma in the Netherlands. It is 1912, and Sander's wife Elizabeth is very ill. Minke's parents know that he needs a nurse for his wife, and their belief is that Fenna, Minke's 16-year-old sister, will be the daughter that goes with him to Amsterdam. Minke, however, is caught out as she tries to listen in on the conversation, and Sander decides to take her instead, leaving Fenna resentful as always.
Minke quickly grows fond of Elizabeth, however, when Elizabeth suddenly dies, Minke is made to suddenly leave, returning to her parents' home with more questions than answers. When Sander asks her parents to marry her, Minke is not certain what to think, but in the end, she agrees and the couple travel to Comodoro Rivadavia in Argentina with Sander's friend Dr. Cassian Tredegar.
In this far-flung new country, populated by gauchos that don't quite meet up with Minke's romantic ideals, Minke gives birth to a son named Zef, who is kidnapped while they are playing together. When Sander's business interests collapse, she must journey to America, leaving behind her hope of gaining Zef back.
This is a story of love, betrayal, lies, and the ultimate deceit. I felt for Minke, a young, gullible girl taken in by an older man.Read more ›
We quickly learn that people and situations are not always what they seem and that the trusting Minke has fallen wildly, crazy in love with Sander. Again, I kept having to remind myself that Minke is only fifteen when I am frustrated by her easy trust in people. She's soon pregnant and her dashing husband isn't quite so dashing anymore.
In A Young Wife, Lewis writes a story that is loosely based on the events of her maternal grandmother's life. I couldn't help but wonder what events and happenings were true and which were developed for this story in which the young Minke sees her first child abducted, she sees the aftermath of betrayal by people she cares for, and she sees the damage that happens when lies and money become more important than the soul and human relationships.
Lewis writes Minke's responses to the events of her life as a young girl would react! Lewis chronicles the development and growth of Minke's own survival skills and maternal instincts. One thing that does not betray her is the Comodoro Rivadavia area of the Argentine. Minke loves its people and its land. Somewhat like Scarlet O'Hara, Minke belongs to the Argentine land.Read more ›
A few hours after Elisabeth dies, Sander stuns Minke by proposing; he wants her to become his spouse and live with him in oil city Comodoro Rivadavia, Argentina. Although frightened, she accepts. They travel across the Atlantic as Minke grows mentally stronger and becomes buddies with her husband's friend Cassian and Pieps a ship steerage boy. In Comodoro Rivadavia, Minke gives birth to a son Zef. However, her idyllic life is dangerous as her son is abducted while she carries her second offspring. Zef forces them to flee to New York, leaving behind her kidnapped child. He underestimates the will of a mother when it comes to her cub.
Based on the life of Pam Lewis' grandmother, A Young Wife is a superb early twentieth century thriller. Minke holds the story line together with her courage and caring. She and readers will be stunned once the truth is known as this vivid historical tale is a winning look at three continents in the first two decades of the previous century.
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From the very start, this instantly became one of my favorite books. The main character, Minke, had so many obstacles to overcome at such a young age that it seemed an impossible... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Stephanie Elkins
I loved this book and everything in it! I read an article by Pam Lewis in Redbook magazine about her husband. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Joanne Goeppner
When I first picked up this book, I was not very impressed with the title or the cover and was expecting a corny romance novel. Was I wrong! Read morePublished 23 months ago by karsiyaka
I thought the book was written inconsistently. Some parts were well written and others poorly.Published on July 16, 2014 by Judy Weiss
This was the second book I read by this author. It was completely different, adding a new dimension of a historical background set in the early 20th century in Holland, in an... Read morePublished on December 10, 2013 by Joan B. Reibman
I love this book a lot. It was just what I was looking for. I enjoyed it very much. awesome!Published on August 12, 2013 by Ruth Wilkinson
This book kept my interest and hd just enough twists and turns to make me wonder if there could be truth behind the story! The author did a great job with the story linePublished on January 17, 2013 by Caper
I can't tell you how many hours of sleep I lost, staying up late to read "just one more chapter". This fictional narrative spans years and countries, but throughout it all you... Read morePublished on October 2, 2012 by Beth Wade