The Poppy Field
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.
Kassa’s 4 Star Review
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Blog
The blurb promised a breath taking story and breath taking it was. In the beginning the book was a bit slow, but when the letters were discovered, I fell into the rabbit hole and did not come back out. The time jumps were very well written and I was there. In the modern times as well as in the past and I could imagine everything so good! The author truly is a word artist.
The characters were slow to show their shining points. In the beginning they were a bit bland, but through the story we got more and more information on them and the blandness of the beginning developed into colorful personalities with hidden depths and so much backstory that my head was spinning from time to time.
The parts written during WWI broke my heart. God, it really felt as if the author was talking from experience and I shed more than one tear during reading and after, when I thought about the book. I really enjoyed to see how reading the letters helped Gemma to overcome her own trauma and regain her will to live her life in the fullest.
All in all this was not an easy read, but a recommendable one. If you are looking for something more in your book, this one is definitely the book for you and you will not regret picking it up.
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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