AMONG THE POPPIES by J'Nell Ciesielski, review by Winnie Thomas
Among the Poppies is such a riveting, compelling story that it was hard to believe that it is a debut novel. Not only did it draw me in immediately, but it kept me captivated and turning pages long past my bedtime. Set against the backdrop of England and France during World War I, and populated with realistic, endearing, and courageous characters springing to life on the page, Ciesielski masterfully weaves a story of heartache, turmoil, bravery, and sacrifice. She doesn’t mince words or sugar-coat when it comes to the brutality and suffering endured during the war, yet the witty banter, lovable characters and heart-stopping romance temper it to make an amazing story.
I loved the rich historical detail, the feisty, independent heroine, Gwyn, and the courageous, honorable hero, William, along with the superb cast of secondary characters. The tender message of faith and hope adds another layer to the story. I’m looking forward to the next book from this extremely talented author. I would recommend this book to those who enjoy realistic historical fiction.
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Can their love survive? Or will it become another casualty of war?
The ideal lady wears lace, speaks quietly, and never—under any circumstances—fixes an automobile. But Gwyn Ruthers has never cared two snaps about being the ideal lady. With the war to end all wars exploding across the English Channel, she leaves behind her restrictive life as a chauffer's daughter to serve in an all-female ambulance unit in France. She's not about to let her social status or gender prevent her from serving her country. Not even a handsome captain can distract her from her mission. Most of the time.
Captain William Crawford wouldn't wish the ravages of war on any man, much less the captivating woman who insists on driving into battle instead of staying safely at home. He can't deny that the troops need more medical help, but not when it puts innocent women in danger. How can he lead his men against the Jerries while worrying about Gwyn's safety?
Bound together by circumstances, Gwyn and William can't stop the love growing between them. Can their relationship survive, or will it become another casualty of war?
*I purchased Among the Poppies and was under no obligation to review it or provide a positive review. This is my own opinion
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