The Crooked Path

The Crooked Path by Irma Joubert

The Crooked Path cover



From the bestselling author of The Girl From the Train, comes another compelling coming of age story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation in WWII-era South Africa.

Lettie has always felt different from and overshadowed by the women around her– this friend is richer, that friend is more beautiful, those friends are closer.

Still, she doesn’t let this hold her back. She works hard to apply her mind, trying to compensate for her perceived lack of beauty with diligent academic work and a successful career as a doctor. She learns to treasure her friendships, but she still wonders if any man will ever return her interest.

Marco’s experience in the second world war have robbed him of love and health. When winters in his native Italy prove dangerous to his health even after the war has ended, he moves to South Africa to be with his brother, husband to one of Lettie’s best friends. Marco is Lettie’s first patient, and their relationship grows as she aids him on the road back to restored health.

In the company of beloved characters from The Child of the River, Marco and Lettie find a happiness that neither of them thought possible. With that joy comes pain and loss, but Lettie learns that life—while perhaps a crooked path—is always a journey worth taking.


  • This book was Published by Thomas Nelson
  • It released November 7th, 2017
  • It’s 398 pages
  • I got it free from Harper Collins BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for a review. (thanks!) My thoughts are my own, as always.

Here are a couple places you can buy it or learn more:

Goodreads  |  Amazon  |  Thomas Nelson

I love history, and I love historical fiction. I don’t tend to gravitate toward war stories later than the Civil War, because it just hurts too much. That said, I realized that The Crooked Path was a story about World War Two, and I was okay with that.

This story, unlike many well-told stories of war, seemed completely emotionless to me. It was as if the narrator or author’s voice was a monotone. This story was slow. It was boring. And it felt like nothing mattered.

This is a story about love, and loss, and war, and horrible things, and IT FELT EMOTIONLESS.

While I dislike war stories because they’re so full of emotion, I think I dislike war stories told this way even more.

My rating: 2 stars.

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