The Imposter Bride

The Imposter Bride

Book - 2013
Average Rating:
Rate this:
A novel about a mysterious mail-order bride in the wake of World War II, whose sudden decision ripples through time to deeply impact the daughter she never knew.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2013, c2012
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781250010063
Characteristics: 360 p. ; 25 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

Jul 14, 2018


May 16, 2018

I enjoyed this book; descriptions of grieving survivors of war were heart wrenching. The book was not depressing though, as the family and the narrator (daughter of one of those survivors)at the center of it were admirable.

Apr 10, 2017

enjoyed this book -well crafted read that does not reveal identity until end and keeps one guessing -ending not a let down.

Aug 11, 2016

I was fascinated by the story at the beginning but soon realized that in so many instances it was repetitive. One person took a diamond to a store followed by a conversation. Another person took the same diamond to the same store having a similar conversation. Then the third person started talking about taking the same diamond to the store... Same story with a notebook that was stolen from a dead girl. Its content was reiterated in a few chapters with a few insignificant developments attached to those passages. I was hoping that the imposter's identity would be revealed sooner which would make this book a bit more dynamic but it didn't happen.

Mar 23, 2016

I read this book while housebound with nothing else to do. I found the beginning exciting but the book then slowed down a lot. This is where we got to really know more about the main characters in the family. I usually don't read Canadiana so this was a pleasant surprise!

dairyqueen May 21, 2014

Good, steady read.

May 02, 2014

Disappointing for a Giller Prize nominee. The narrative is built around the mystery of the mother's past, but the story is not that interesting and it takes too long to reveal the mystery.

Mar 08, 2014

A different style of writing. Very introspective, although in parts it became a bit overdone. While the concluding chapters gave some of the basic answers to the questions readers would have, it left me dissatisfied as not all the ends were tied off. A worthwhile read nevertheless.

Dec 07, 2013

This is a very good book. It gives an accurate depiction of Montreal during the time period. The characters are well-defined. While the story does not move along quickly, my interest did not waiver as the answers to questions set out in the beginning of the book are answered gradually but not completely until the end.

Sep 30, 2013

I heard that this novel was up for a Giller prize and I think it is a definite contender. I enjoyed that the main character of the novel never gave a sense of her present self until the epilogue. This provided mystery and a novel where you didn't know the end before the beginning. I think the only complaint I have is that the writing was a little light - in past Giller winners/finalists I find the prose was much fuller.

View All Comments


Add a Summary

Jan 20, 2016

Although this story was a bit hard to follow in the beginning because it jumped back and forth between the past and the present, it was well written and very descriptive. I had trouble putting this book down once I got halfway through it.


Add Age Suitability

There are no ages for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Subject Headings


Find it at RCPL

To Top