Two families. One Secret. Separated by a river and twenty years of lies.
Five minutes changed Poppy Sadler’s life forever.
Tick. The hospital called. Her mother’s battle with cancer was finally over. Tock. The police showed up at her door. Her father’s body has just been pulled from the River. Murdered. Tick, Tock. Five minutes and a secret is coming undone.
Across the river, Justin Caulfield’s vast fortune can buy him anything but more time.
Tick. A deadly disease is stealing his daughter’s life. He needs a miracle. Tock. The person he never doubted names the price he never knew he owed. A price more than one man can pay. Betrayed. Tick, Tock. Twenty years of lies may cost him his very soul.
Sharon Sala is a Native Oklahoman and still lives within a two hour drive of where she was born. First published in 1991, she is a New York Times/USA Today, best-selling author with a 135 plus books published in seven different genres, including Romantic suspense, Mystery, Young Adult, Western, Fiction, Women’s Fiction and Non-Fiction.
Industry Awards include: Eight-time RITA finalist. (Romance Industry award) The Janet Dailey Award. Five-time Career Achievement winner from RT Magazine. Five time winner of the National Reader’s Choice Award. Five time winner of the Colorado Romance Writer’s Award of Excellence. Heart of Excellence Award., Booksellers Best Award. Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award RITA, presented by RWA. Centennial Award from RWA for recognition of her 100th published novel.
I gather this was a self-published book and it's obvious why. Poor writing and total unbelievability abounds!
I might be feeling more forgiving towards all the problems if I felt like any effort had gone into the story or its presentation. But the amount of language glitches suggests the thing was never proofread, and aside from the things that are outright wrong, some of the metaphors are ridiculous. 'Her smile went viral' is my favourite. The author also refers to 'diary posts' in a real-life journal, which suggests all sorts of things about where the author might have been spending way too much of her time in recent years.
The author is apparently a NYT bestseller, which obviously doesn't count for as much as I'd thought. I was astounded to see there were so many sparkly glowy reviews for the book online. It is sort of readable but not a particularly good book. I feel like the reviewers must know the author personally or are already committed fans.
This was pretty different from Sala's regular style. I expected a romance but while Poppy fell in love it was only one element of this book. I would really consider this more of a drama. There were a lot of characters and nearly everyone got parts in their POV. There were a couple of characters who got a significant page time. Mostly Poppy and her biological father. Frankly I liked him better than her. I did enjoy that he was written as a well rounded character rather than a stereotype of an older man finding his previously unknown child and trying to connect with her. Of course he was only about 36 or 37 and Poppy was his daughter with his childhood sweet heart.
So if you go into it not expecting a traditional romance and you're open to some melodrama, you should enjoy it.
I was captivated by this romantic suspense from start to finish even though the majority was who-done-it and the last section was the romance. There were lots of heart-tugging moments especially at the beginning and the end. Poppy learns that her mother just died of cancer then five minutes later she is told her father was murdered.
This was a new area for Sala to write in and her very first self pub book because her publishers did not think her fans would accept her going into another genre. But from reading the reviews on facebook all of her loyal fan have purchased the book and have liked it.
Overall the book was very good. And I look forward to read more books by Sharon in this area as well as in her romantic suspense books and I love.
What an phenomenal book of deception, murder, and family secrets. Sharon Sala has an amazing ability writing books that not only throws unexpected twist into the mix, but the uncanny ability to grab her readers heartstrings in a turbulent storyline. Family secrets can and will destroy, but what’s worse are the dirty hands playing a chess game of deception with everlasting destruction. Truths hidden out of malice can’t be forgiven, but remember secrets have a way of resurfacing. Ms. Sala definitely brought A Field Of Poppies to reality, I could see it as a true story being told. Cudo’s for writing such an amazing book that should be a movie for those who have been kept in the darkness. Love conquers all, God is Good, all of the time.
Poppy learns of her parents deaths from different causes, one cancer, one murder, virtually at the same time. Her world is spinning out of control, while trying to solve the murder the rug is pulled out from under Poppy. Poppy is a wonderful character, the story focuses on how she survives and thrives.
Drama, family drama always be my comfort zone. Add a bit mystery and romance, then I'll be a sucker.
In that rainy morning, Poppy's life changes in less than five minutes. A call from hospital tell that her mother died, then 2 cop in front of her door tell that they just pull out her father's body from the river. All these bad circumtances lead her into finding the truth about her mother and herself.
At 40% of this book I've already know how'll this story going to be, but I'm too caught up with the story and the characters to put it down. Because, for drama, it's have quite fast pace.
At first, I like Poppy, she's though and determined. With all that bad news at once, her first comment was "How can I manage back and forth from work and burry them" (kinda ^^). But It's not that she's a hertless girl, more that she's knew that she's have to deal everything by herself, so it's no use for her to drag on her mourning.
But, as the story goes, Justin takes my sympathy. He's the one who most devastated here. Watching his only daughtes dying, and then when the secrets wich envelops his life for years one by one reveals, he have to confront his mother, refused by his true daugther, and probably will losing his daughter. Yet, he can survive all that.
And eventhough I knew what'll happens, it's still make me sheds tears, yeah sloppy me ^^ But, I think the last scene on this story was too dramatic. Oh come on... two people meeting half away in a field of poppies? :))
This is the first book of this author's that I have read and from other reviews, I understand that it is different from her usual genre. This book seems to have a bit of everything: murder, crazy homeless people, illicit affairs, long buried family secrets, haves and have-nots separated by a river into two sides of a city, loss, illnesses, death, and redemption. Though at times the story was very moving, and at other times shocking, I found it hard to suspend my inner cynic. The plot seemed so improbable and almost too tangled for me to believe it. The author seems to put her main characters through terrible trials just to show that they can learn from their suffering and show the reader that the human spirit is resilient. At times the prose seemed almost preachy, and there are many references to God and faith. At other times the characters speak strangely formally. How many siblings address each other as " brother" and "sister" instead of using first names?
Overall, I enjoyed mainly the characters of the story and thought that Poppy and Callie were interesting and feisty young women. Mike and Johnny were great guys but I sometimes found Justin almost too good to be true. The plot of the story tried to include too much for my taste, and ended up with a soap opera feel to it with a Hallmark movie message. It was a solid effort, but didn't do it for me. There are no overt sexual scenes, just kissing, in this book, but there are references to sex and to affairs,etc..,there is some mild profanity and some violence. 3 1/2 stars
What I love most when reading a Sharon Sala book is guessing who the suspect/killer is in here novels. Her stories never failed to give me goosebumps specially when I read it with my bedside lamp as my only companion. She portrays her heroine not by the stereotypical damsel in distress but as a strong, independent woman capable of handling things on her own and at the same time capable of such strong emotions it never failed it make me cry. And for that this novel earned the perfect 5 star and place in my heart as one of my favorite ever.
"A departure from the "norm" for Sharon Sala, Field of Poppies was turned down by the big-name publisher, because of fear that Sharon's fans wouldn't "follow" her into an another genre." Crazy thought because Sharon's Sala's style always feels like home. There is such a genuine honesty to her storytelling that you literally feel the breath of her characters. This book may be outside the "norm" but true Sharon Sala fans will follow her down whatever journey her brilliant imagination wants to take us.
I love Sharon Sala. I have never been dissapointed by her work. This was not my favorite. But, it was very good. The book had my attention from the very beginning. I do think it was a little predictable, but I still liked it.Did anyone else have a problem with the dates of when Poppie was born and when her mother was born? Maybe it was just an error since I downloaded it on my Nook. Petty, I know. But, things like that drive me nuts.
This one of those books that give you a book hangover. It was heartwrenching, it was healing and it was a truly spectacular book. The author weaved so many story lines off one main one that it keeps you reading just so you can out how it all comes together. All the characters were amazing composed, their lives touchable. This author has ability to do what other authors sometimes miss. Looking forward to reading more from this author
This could have been a 5 star book, but I didn't like Poppy. At all. She was such a bitter, hating woman, I couldn't wait till it ended. I love all of Sharon Sala's books. I love all of the characters she creates. I disliked everything about Poppy. Even when the little sister tries to be reach out to her, she is cold and mean to her. Mike, the cop, likes her. But, I can't understand why. She is the worst character Ms. Sala's has ever written.
Sals has done it again. She can pluck a heartstring from a mile away. This is at least a 2 hankie story, maybe more. Secrets always come out, particularly the older they are and usually at the most inopportune times. Sala’s magic however, renders this story memorable and one of her best.
This was an okay read for me. Nothing really special in my opinion. The murderer was revealed very early in the book, and once that was done, that was it for me. I struggled through the rest, which was basically the various' characters attempts at family reconciliation.
This should be a Hallmark movie. It made me cry more then any book I have ever read. It has mystery, drama and heart felt love. I think most girlfriend's would love this book. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.