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Dusk

(Dusk #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  186 Ratings  ·  28 Reviews
Dusk by Eve Edwards is a beautiful love story set against the brutal back drop of WWI.

A love worth fighting for.

When Helen, a young hard-working nurse, meets aristocratic artist Sebastian, she doesn't expect to even like him, let alone fall in love. But against the troubled backdrop of wartime London, an unlikely but intense romance blossoms. And even the bloody trenches o
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 6th 2013 by Penguin
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Maya READ THE FINDING SKY TRILOGY!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it is by joss stirling (who is eve edwards but as another name) But the characters are really similar.

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The Book Queen
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites
It has happened! A romance I actually enjoyed! *GASP!*

Okay, I loved this. It was so sweet and really well-written, and I loved all the characters. I want my own Sebastian, and I felt so sorry for Helen throughout everything she went through. Flora's journey as a character was also an interesting one. I was so wrapped up in their stories that I nearly cried several times, and I NEVER cry in books.

Definitely one of my favourites. I have to read the second one now!

Chelsea
Oct 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
A very sweet romance set in a war torn world. It is an idyllic read. A must read for historical fans.
Kirsty
I have really mixed feelings on this book

In someways I really loved it. I loved the fact it was written about World War One. I loved the medical history stuff and the history geek in me was happily entertained by both of these things for the entire book. I loved the main characters who the story follows both the charming and elegant Sebastian and the lovely and feisty Helen. I loved how the story flitted backwards and forwards between time period building up the story as a whole as it went along
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Lexish
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was recommended to me by my junior-high-school niece. It's the first of two books involving the relationship between a young man and young lady at the outbreak of World War I. Though decidedly PG-13, it does cover some gritty realities of war and also the social consequences for women who find themselves outside of the norm.

The narrative moves back and forth between the viewpoint of the girl and the viewpoint of the boy, so we know what's happening to each while they're apart, but the text
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Tandie
Feb 27, 2016 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Tandie by: The Book Queen
*need to have both books before I start, the first ends on a cliffhanger.
Stumblingpenguin
Jan 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Don't get me wrong, I like this book! I like Helen and Sebastian as the main characters and the POV changing between them. I preferred the scenes taking place in London over the ones in France because I liked Helen and Sebastian's interactions with each other rather than them just thinking about each other. However, what annoyed me was that I got into this book thinking it was a stand-alone and therefore the ending shocked me quite a bit. So don't read this book if you don't want to commit to re ...more
Karin
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: wwi-yaf
Not the worst YA novel set in WWI that I've read so far...
Charlotte Aitken
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Beautifully written with characters to live against the backdrop of one of the worst conflicts in history. Loved it!
Stephanie (Stepping out of the Page)
Upon hearing about Dusk, I was really eager to read it. It's no secret that I'm a huge geek when it comes to World War One. I've been to the actual battlefields (including the Somme) about seven times, so to read a book with this interesting subject, set in a location that is well known to me was a real treat. I can't think of any WW1 young adult fiction off the top of my head, so I was really looking forward to this!

The first thing to mention is that although I am quite knowledgeable on the su
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SJH (A Dream of Books)
I am a huge fan of Eve Edwards and have loved all of her previous books. I was excited to hear about this new series because it seems ages since her last book was published. I love historical fiction and so the idea of a story set during the First World War immediately captured my interest.

The time-frame of the story spans from 1914-1916 but it is not told in a linear way. Instead it jumps around a lot, focusing on current events, as well as those in the past. I sometimes found this style a bit
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Kulsuma
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Dusk by Eve Edwards. It is the first in a two part series. It takes place during the First World War and follows our two main characters, Helen and Sebastian, from 1914 to 1916. Written in a non-linear fashion, we are immersed in horrific battlefield scenes and the grim reality of nursing near the front line. Helen is a young, independent girl who doesn’t really believe in her own strength, courage and beauty because of her abusive father. Sebastian is the charming, dashing youn ...more
Jade Walker
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
When I was younger I used to read a lot of war books. You may know the ones, often set in London with a young girl on the brink of adulthood living her life throughout the war. They may have been samey but I really enjoyed them as a young teenager. However, after a year so of devouring all of the ones my neighbour and Nan gave me, I found young adult books and I enjoyed them even more so the wartime books were totally forgotten. Then I got the email about this book and I asked for it even withou ...more
Shanno-louisa Beardsmore
Jul 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
i read dusk after going on a history trip to vist the somme battle field so i had what i had learned from it in my head while reading the book making it all the more emotional to read, but i loved it for someone who who should of been safe in blighty goes onto the frontline so that she could be near her lover who was a genral in one off the trenches. that even though a war was on they were willing to risk everything. on the first day off the somme so many people were killed her love lucky to be ...more
Tasha
May 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
Dusk is a beautifully written story about a young couple mixed up in the brutality of war. Set during World War I, Sebastian is an officer in the army, doing his best to try to motivate his soldiers and keep them alive. Helen is also trying to save lives, working as a nurse behind the front lines. The narrative switches between their two perspectives as well as jumping back to their lives before the war, detailing how they met. The contrast between the two time periods serves to emphasises the b ...more
Gayatri
This was a heartbreaking story set during the time of WWI. It was when the world was very different. All boys and men were pressured to go into the war. Women were underestimated and not as important in society. Everybody was desperate and wanted the war. This was a love story between Sebastian and Helen. Sebastian, a boy who loved art which was mocked at in that day and age never wanted to join the war until he lost his brother to that war and he wanted to prove himself. Helen, a nurse who had ...more
Zoe
May 21, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
I'm not a fan of historical fiction. There have only been two books in the historical fiction genre which I have enjoyed and I have tried a lot. I love learning history at school so it is really disappointing that I don't like reading fictional history books, and unfortunately this book didn't change my mind.

This review isn't discouraging the book, because the problem wasn't the book, it was me. Personally, I found the first chapter quite boring and kept drifting off. My mind was on other things
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Veda Shah
Jun 20, 2015 rated it liked it
This book is very old fashioned and is old style. It is mainly about world war 1 and how 2 people fall in love. I think this books main message is that it doesn't matter which country your from, you can still fall in love.
This is the first book (Dusk)
The second book is called (Dawn)

Here is the review or blurb or whatever it is you call it!!!!

A love worth fighting for.

When Helen, a young hard-working nurse, meets aristocratic artist Sebastian, she doesn't expect to even like him, let alone fall
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Tracey
Feb 14, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: own-copy, 2015
Dusk is an average read, short and easy to fly through. I liked it's simplicity and the historical feel to it, but I was pretty much disconnected the entire time I read it. The characters were standard tropes used in romances, with very likeable characteristics, but nothing exciting. I do think Helen had some sort of unique qualities but the voices just never stood out to me. I would have to say I'm not a massive fan of romances and it definitely shows after finishing this. I floated through it, ...more
Kirsti
Apr 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Aw, what? I didn't realize this was a series, I thought it was a stand alone. Then to end it right there? Grrrr. As you might be able to tell, I really liked this book. I enjoyed the slow build up, the legitimate and believable love story. All the characters seem realistic to me, especially Sebastian and Helen. I do hope as well that some of the minor characters get their wrap up as well. I bought this on impulse after hesitating a number of times over it in the bookstore, and I wasn't disappoin ...more
Meg
May 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
I hadn't expected to like this book as much as I did! (And I am not normally a fan of historical but I really liked it!) I found this a well written enjoyable read. I loved Helen and Sebastian's love story!! Aww I must say i did not expect this book to leave me hanging like it did!! (view spoiler) ...more
Josie
Oct 08, 2014 rated it it was ok
An average WW1 romance for teens. Nothing about the writing or characters particularly stood out for me, and some of the plot elements felt slightly soap-opera-ish (view spoiler) or just plain unbelievable (view spoiler) ...more
stephie
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I do not usually take interest in historical books especially WW1. But I am glad I picked up 'Dusk' for my first one and I have to say the book is beautifully written. Every characters personality fits in with the story very well and the ending really makes you hungry for more. Although I did find it dragged in some places but other than that, it!s a great read! Can't wait for 'Dawn' which comes out in June!
Big Book Theory
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
It took me a while to get into this story, and then when I eventually did and wanted to know more and could not put the book down - it ended only to be continued in a sequel. I loved the scenes with Helen and Sebastian and could even imagine being in the beginning of the century. The author did a good job of making the era feel real. I liked reading this story, once I got into it, and wished it was longer. I know it is longer, but I wish everything was all wrapped up in one book.
Michaela
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
Dusk is a sweet YA romance that was well-written but wasn't really to my taste. The historical elements and the depiction of war were the best parts and compared to that the romance didn't seem dramatic enough. In a way, I think the book could have worked better if it had been written for older readers.
Nikki
Apr 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wierd. Kinda liked it, the characters were nice. Stll. Hum.
Beebles
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I thought this book was amazing. The characters were very creative and suited to that time. I also loved the ending... I have been left dying for more!
Wrathsqueen
Sep 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
My blog review of Dusk by Eve Edwards-

http://wrathsqueensbooks.blogspot.co....

Jasmine
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Eve Edwards is fast becoming one of my favourite ya authors. I loved everything about this book, except the cliffhanger ending! I cannot wait to read the next one in the series!
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Eve Edwards has a doctorate from Oxford University and thinks researching a large part of the fun for writing historical fiction. She has visited Tudor houses, attended jousts and eaten Elizabethan banquets to get the sights, sounds and tastes right for this book. And, yes, she can testify that it is possible to eat neatly without the modern invention of the fork. She lives in Oxford and is marrie ...more

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