Even though Anne's mother eventually recovers and they regain some semblance of normal family life, those lonely, confusing days in the convent remain entrenched in Anne's mind. Also living through the fear and uncertainty of World War Two, Anne is a dedicated student and is determined to gain the best education possible. Finally graduating with a university degree in social work, Anne is comforted with the knowledge that her education will provide her with freedom and many more opportunities than her mother had.
I found this to be a very interesting memoir that kept me engaged right throughout. Like the rest of her generation Anne has lived an extraordinary life - experiencing such historical events as the great depression and World War Two. For a woman of her time she was one of the unusually well educated elite, who forged a professional career and continued to work in her field after marriage and children. Anne's writing style is warm and engaging and she writes with honesty and wisdom. As other reviewers have mentioned I did find the last section of the book quite lacking in detail and would have enjoyed more information about this period of time to round the story out. Overall however The Country Wife is a wonderful story of a strong and determined woman who has lived an amazing life.