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Title:
The widow's daughter
Author:
Edlin, Nicholas.
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Publication Information:
New York : Penguin Books, 2012.

©2010
Physical Description:
372 pages ; 20 cm
Summary:
" A spellbinding story of love, war, and betrayal. Peter Sokol, an artist living in San Diego, is haunted by his past. In 1943, Captain Sokol is a surgeon in the U.S. Marines stationed in Auckland, New Zealand, where he and his longtime nemesis have fallen in love with the same beautiful and enigmatic woman, Emily Walters. Dismissive of Emily's suspiciously British mother and violent brother, the two vie for her hand. When Emily's brother is discovered murdered, Sokol is the prime suspect. As he fights to prove his innocence, he finds that the woman he loves is not who she seems, and that the blood of another might be on his hands. "--Provided by publisher.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780143120827
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Book

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Summary

A spellbinding story of love, war, and betrayal.

Peter Sokol, an artist living in San Diego, is haunted by his past. In 1943, Captain Sokol is a surgeon in the U.S. Marines stationed in Auckland, New Zealand, where he and his longtime nemesis have fallen in love with the same beautiful and enigmatic woman, Emily Walters. Dismissive of Emily's suspiciously British mother and violent brother, the two vie for her hand. When Emily's brother is discovered murdered, Sokol is the prime suspect. As he fights to prove his innocence, he finds that the woman he loves is not who she seems, and that the blood of another might be on his hands.


Author Notes

Nicholas Edlin was born and raised in Christchurch, New Zealand. He has worked as a solicitor and legal advisor. This is his first novel.


Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Peter Sokol is an aging artist and college teacher living with his girlfriend of many years in San Diego, California. It seems like a lifetime ago that he was a captain in the marines, a surgeon stationed in New Zealand during WWII, but the events of those years still haunt him. As he tries to come to terms with his past, Sokol alternately relates his story in flashbacks and in the present. Recalling memories and confronting his mistakes, he begins as an unreliable narrator, but the story becomes clearer as he gains the courage to tell it. Edlin's style is wordy at times, the transitions are clumsy, and the story gets off to a slow start. Weaving together tales of love, war, and personal growth, he has also written a mystery that will keep readers guessing right up to the last chapter, but the final reveal doesn't live up to the hype. Blending so many stories together makes the book a jack of all genres but a king of none.--Ophoff, Cortney Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

In Edlin's fantastic debut, Peter Sokol is a WWII veteran living quietly as a painter in San Diego with his long-term girlfriend Missy, when he learns that his old army friend Anthony Sturgis has written a book about his experience in the Third Medical Battalion in New Zealand. Sturgis's book, however, focuses largely on Peter. With Missy's prodding, Peter agrees to travel to UCLA to attend Sturgis' book launch. As he drives up the coast, he recalls the events of the war. Shortly after arriving at the Victoria Park camp in Auckland where Sokol served as an orthopedic surgeon, he meets and falls in love with Emily Walters, a mysterious young Englishwoman. Unfortunately, one of Sokol's rivals from his Stanford Medical School days is also stationed at Victoria Park, and falls for Emily as well. Emily ultimately chooses Peter and they marry in secret, though their relationship becomes strained just a few weeks later, and Emily's mother tells Peter to stay away for a spell. He takes the news badly and drinks until he blacks out. The next morning, Emily's boisterous, troubled brother is found dead, and Peter is the prime suspect, due to a previous altercation with the man and no credible alibi. As he fights to prove his innocence, Peter learns the dark secrets behind Emily's strange family. This is a remarkable story of a man struggling to free his present from a troubled past. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.