This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. Needing to escape from it all, Gemma agrees to help renovate a rundown farmhouse in Doullens, France, a town near the Somme. There, in a boarded-up cupboard, wrapped in old newspapers, is a tin that reveals the secret letters and heartache of Alice Le Breton, a young volunteer nurse who worked in a casualty clearing station near the front line.
Set in the present day and during the horrifying years of the war, both woman discover deep down the strength and courage to carry on in even the most difficult of times. Through Alice’s words and her unfailing love for her sweetheart at the front, Gemma learns to truly live again.
This is a beautifully written epic historical novel that will take your breath away.
The cover for this book is fantastic, it completely draws you in, and after reading the blurb, I knew it was a book I wanted to read.
I have read a few books by this author and she has a brilliant writing style and way of bringing the characters to life. This one was no different and I loved everything about it from the scene setting, through to the excellent characterisation and the storyline – everything about this book worked for me and I loved it – it is a brilliant piece of historical fiction.
Five stars from me, I really enjoyed it and it is definitely a book that will stay with me for a while – very highly recommended!
Purchase Link – http://mybook.to/ThePoppyField
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her great-grandfather’s time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers.
She is part of ‘The Blonde Plotters’ writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, Novelicious.com for seven years. Her debut historical romance, Broken Faces, is set in WW1 and was runner-up in the 2012 Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition and given a ‘special commendation’ in the Harry Bowling Prize that year. The Poppy Field is her second historical novel.
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Thanks very much for taking part in the blog tour for The Poppy Field and for your wonderful review, I’m thrilled you enjoyed my book!
Looks like a fascinating read – part of my own novel Major Tom’s War is set in Doullens too as the Indian Cavalry passed that way. Is your book entirely fictional?
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Yes, it is Vee. One of the secondary characters in The Poppy Field, Private William Healy, was inspired by my maternal great-grandfather of the same name. My first historical romance, Broken Faces, was set during the First World War and the character Freddie was inspired by my paternal great-grandfather, who was in the 17th Lancers.
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