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Title:
Wait for the day
Author:
Robertson, Denise.
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Publication Information:
London : Simon & Schuster, 1997.
Physical Description:
392 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780684821184
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Book

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Booklist Review

As World War II finally ends, four young women make their ways home to England to pick up the pieces of their lives. Amy and Peggy are headed for marriage to two very different kinds of men. Joyce, whose fianceis killed in the last days of the war, has an uncertain future and must look for work. Celia will continue serving her country in peacetime as she helps repatriate the many displaced Europeans in Paris. It is there that she meets a troubled young Jewish concentration camp survivor, named Aaron Gotz. This highly readable novel weaves their four lives into very different patterns. Celia later becomes a solid British civil servant, still haunted by Gotz. Amy has made a very bad marriage. Joyce meets an American she hopes will replace her dead lover. And Peggy suffers a tragedy that will draw them all together again. With the continuing interest in all things World War II, this novel illustrates how women as well as men had to remake their lives afterward. Marlene Chamberlain


Publisher's Weekly Review

Published in England in 1997, this romance novel by seasoned author Robertson (Illusion) may splash successfully stateside. Four female friends have been through WWII together, and now face the future, which includes reconfigurations of their friendships, their various romances, dreams and fortunes. Steady Peggy Bates marries Jim Dobson and experiences the everyday miracle of finding the right man. Privileged Amy descends into desperate straits with a psychologically abusive husband. Brash and sexy Joyce, who finally bounces back from the loss of her beloved Andrew in the war, finds love in the arms of Chuck Roche, a handsome, politically ambitious Yank. And intelligent, socially conscious Celia, who is dispatched to France to help resettle Jewish survivors of the camps, deals with the aftermath of the Holocaust and finds her life entwined with that of sensitive Aaron Gotz. Through the years, and with Celia's steadfast efforts, the women keep more or less in touch, finally coming back together to confront Peggy's widowhood and Amy's disastrous marriage. Joyce copes with her American boyfriend's commitment only to his political future, which doesn't seem to include an English wife. The four distinct personalities are rounded and true, though the men in their lives remain sketchier, and postwar conditions in Britain are rendered with stark details. Robertson rises above genre by eschewing the obvious happy ending for more realistic possibilities. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved