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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Woman Who Loved Too Well (2018 edition) by David Orsini is a mesmerizing story that explores the complexity of a love triangle against the backdrop of WWII. French RAF pilot Marc Roussillon convinces his wife, Simone, to help in saving his best friend Jean-Claude, who has been captured by the Germans. The plan is for Simone to persuade Gerhard Hauptmann, a German Officer, to set Jean-Claude free. But it never included falling in love with the German Officer. Gerhard Hauptmann accepts her request on condition that she sleeps with him, and thus begins an affair that will take the two to Switzerland. Simone loves Marc, but Gerhard is irresistible. Marc sees an opportunity for revenge and convinces his wife that they can save their marriage and rid the world of a hardened criminal. He needs Simone to kill Gerhard. Marc plans to execute his scheme at the Swiss ski resort, but the twist is what no one could see coming. Did Marc tell Simone everything?
With an international setting between Switzerland and England, David Orsini weaves a tale that transports readers and that is emotionally engaging. The characters are richly developed and it is interesting to discover the complexity of the plot in which they evolve. Marc couldn’t have known that his wife would fall for the German officer, and wanting to see him dead in order to save his marriage is natural. Simone is sophisticated and navigating her thoughts and internal conflict is exciting. Torn between two men, she struggles in her choices. The author does an incredible job with the plot and the conflict escalates into a crisis point pretty quickly. The Woman Who Loved Too Well (2018 edition) is deftly written, balanced, and engaging. A story with characters that are real and a setting that adds depth to the narrative.