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After the War Is Over

(The Great War #2)

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  6,550 ratings  ·  711 reviews
The International bestselling author of Somewhere in France returns with her sweeping second novel—a tale of class, love, and freedom—in which a young woman must find her place in a world forever changed.

After four years as a military nurse, Charlotte Brown is ready to leave behind the devastation of the Great War. The daughter of a vicar, she has always been determined to
ebook, 384 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by William Morrow Paperbacks (first published June 1st 2014)
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Tara Chevrestt It can stand alone. It is a series, but you don't need book one to understand this one. I'm currently reading it.

Book one is Somewhere in France. Book…more
It can stand alone. It is a series, but you don't need book one to understand this one. I'm currently reading it.

Book one is Somewhere in France. Book two is this one, After the War is Over.

Reading them out of order, however, will not throw on off.(less)

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Jody McGrath
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't read the first book, but this is a complete stand alone novel. It is about Charlotte, a thirty something year old woman living after WWI. She is working for an office that helps poor families, especially those who have returning veterans who cannot find work. She is a strong advocate for this and the rights of women. Everyone thought when the war was over things were going to be great, but Charlotte sees that the war is still being fought everyday, it is just a different war.

I thought
Tara Chevrestt
I really enjoyed the first book, Somewhere In France, as it followed the privileged Lily as she became an ambulance driver during WWI, tried to escape her titled and overbearing parents and live life like everyone else, while also falling in love with an "unsuitable" man.

I was looking forward to this book. It follows Lily's strong-minded "bluestocking" former governess after WWI.

I like Charlotte, I do, but honestly, the book is really really boring. There seems to be no plot, no real goal beyond
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

Charlotte graduated from an elite college, became a governess,​ worked as a nurse during the war, ​worked in an office with a female boss who was a suffragist, and then​ became a journalist.

​Charlotte's job as a governess turned out to be quite unpleasant, but she did meet a man she could never forget​
but wasn’t able to marry him because of her class.

​AFTER THE WAR IS OVER goes back and forth between Charlotte's younger years as a governess and then her present-day situation. I do enjoy books th
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Setting: Post World War I

Steam Factor: Mild

Charlotte Brown, is determined to leave the War after serving as a military nurse for four years and begin a new life.
The other women who live at her boarding house, as well as a budding friendship with a newspaper editor, has kept her busy.
But when a former student invites Charlotte to her wedding, she is drawn back into her old life.
Edward Neville-Ashford has returned from the War a shell of the man Charlotte originally fell in love with, but her work
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, 4-stars
Review also found at

I received a copy of this book from the publisher William Morrow Paperbacks via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. It was just released yesterday.

I will start out by saying that this is a story for true fans of historical fiction. Readers who do not favour this genre may not enjoy this story as it is not a fast moving one where a lot occurs. Those who enjoy reading about the hardships of post WWI England will on the other han
After the War is Over is Robson's follow-up to the excellent Somewhere in France. To be clear, it isn't essential that you read Somewhere in France before this one; however, I do think readers who have read the previous book will get a better appreciation of After the War is Over.

After the War is Over is set in England after the first world war (obviously). During the war, Charlotte Brown served as a nurse, something that she was able to do as a university educated young woman. Now that the war
Eliza Crewe
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Overall just plain dull. The main character's biggest flaw is that she is too good a person, only good things ever happen to her, and (spoiler alert) it all wraps up happily ever after without much fuss. ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
World War I is over, but for many peace comes with new worries and despair. Jobs are scarce and for those working, the pay is barely enough to keep a roof over their head and food on the table. Too many soldiers are returning with what we now classify as PTSD. Charlotte Brown, an Oxford educated woman, works at the constituency office helping the less fortunate. She writes a weekly column that speaks of the injustices inflicted upon the poor and forgotten. Despite Charlotte being a woman ahead o ...more
Sarah Kiley
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it
I would give this 2.5 stars if I could. I wanted to like this book. Alas, it simply wasn't to be. I really enjoyed Jennifer Robson's first book, Somewhere in France, so I was excited to find After the War is Over. Then I started to read it. The plot drags and quite frankly, the reader is never left in any doubt as to how this book will end. Furthermore, the main character Charlotte, is frankly, irritating in her perfection. I found myself wanting to stomp on her spectacles. I'm still looking for ...more
Pam Jenoff
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love Jennifer's novels, which are always original in premise, meticulously researched and well-written. After the War is Over, a story of a young woman trying to find her pay in Britain after the Great War is one amazing example of her work. Historical fiction lovers, if you have not read this book and her others, you are missing out! ...more
Jan 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. A meandering plot which never really goes anywhere peppered with uninteresting characters (though this excludes Charlotte who is actually a strong and admirable protagonist). I usually love historical fictions set in this time period, and while this was clearly very well researched and did include some interesting observations, some of the persistent attempts to imitate the language of the time period irritated me (especially when it was used out of character dialogue). I found the pl ...more
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Another book that I was looking forward to reading. Despite having not read Somewhere in France. Which there were some hints of that book in this one but nothing really of importance that you can not read this book as a stand alone novel. While this book started out fine I found myself really having to stick with it. It was only after I got about half way and part of this was due to me skimming the book that I finally threw in the white flag and surrendered. I did not feel the chemistry with any ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
A surprisingly sweet post-war love story. I would've liked more conflict and tension, and perhaps another point-of-view character to broaden the story's scope, but overall this was a gentle, character-driven tale of one woman's life in post-war England, with her unfulfilled yearnings for love and for a chance to make the world a better place. There was some mild language and sensuality which may offend more conservative readers, but on the whole it was a clean novel and enjoyable read. ...more
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
After World War I, the social fabric of England was changed, with women having worked jobs men had before the war, and class divisions questioned. Charlotte is a young, forward looking woman, a nurse during the war, intent on writing about the plight of soldiers as well as the poor. Having been a governess to Lilly, and falling for her aristocratic brother, Charlotte looks to find meaning in her life. I have read a lot of historical fiction, and found this story absorbing.
This novel is set in Britain during 1919 and 1920 and follows the lives of a number of people who experienced profound changes in their lives during the First World War. It is a follow-up to the novel "SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE". ...more
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading and loving Somewhere in France I couldn’t wait to read this book -Charlotte and Edward's story. The story takes place right after the war when badly wounded Edward came home to recuperate while Charlotte returned to Liverpool to continue her pre-war work in the constituency office of Miss Rathborne, the suffragist. The war is over but poverty, lack of jobs, untreated physical and mental conditions followed returning soldiers home. Oxford educated “modern woman” Charlotte sees the d ...more
Jan 04, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Robson’s reminiscent description of post-War England is well done along character development.

Charlotte is an admirable liberal woman – university educated (Oxford graduate) only child of a vicar, nurse, intelligent and fiercely independent, a woman most would emulate. She’s also a people pleaser, a woman wanting to make a greater impact in the world and those around her and this is where Charlotte hits a crossroads of sorts as she discovers the woman she is and her authentic desires. As you lea
I really hesitated to give this book even 3 stars... because there is some sexual content that I absolutely do not approve of! And there is some bad language too, though most would likely consider it mild.

These 3 stars, however, are for the rest of the book. It was quite interesting and, I thought, pretty well written. I have always enjoyed reading about the times surrounding the world wars, and the added aspect of PTSD fascinated me (that interests me in any time period, but especially in a his
Ashley Marie
DNF @ 40%

Couldn't get into it.
Jan 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Originally published at Reading Reality

England after the end of World War I was a different place than it had been before the war. An entire generation of young men had died in that war, leaving behind a generation of women for whom there simply would not be nearly enough men to marry for those that wanted to. Which meant that, in spite of the country’s desire to return to the gentler days before the war, there was a generation of women that was going to have to earn a living because there was n
I received an ARC from the publisher.

Charlotte works in an office in Liverpool that tries to find help for the poor and destitute. The circumstances of many families has become dire especially since The Great War has ended. Veterans are coming home wounded and unable to work and women are left widows with children to feed.

Jennifer Robson vividly portrays the sadness and destruction that has been left in the wake of the war; everyone in England has been affected by this deadly and costly conflict
Nov 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to read this 2nd book by author Jennifer Robson. I won her first book, "Somewhere in France" from a Facebook giveaway and really enjoyed it. This book is not a sequel as such, but more of a focus on another character and continuation of the story. I was not disappointed. The story is told in a very lovely way. Ms. Robson has a very light hand with her writing and you feel as if you are floating along with the story. Lily, Robbie and Edward all appear here, but Miss Charlotte Brow ...more
May 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
IMO a much better story than the first in the series Somewhere in France though I loved that one as well. Following Charlotte who was Lily's friend and fellow nurse who served together in the battlefield hospitals, this book has a richness that pulls you in and keeps you turning pages because you can't wait for the good things to happen for Charlotte. She's tough but sympathetic and you can't help cheering for her. ...more
Hm, I don't know. I liked this as a novel about post-WWI Britain and I liked the focus on Charlotte. But this is definitely one of those times where I wanted a much greater romantic element to the story, and it just wasn't there. Shippers gonna ship and all that, and I simply wasn't given enough to work with. ...more
I get why some people found this book slow or boring. It's a book about a strong independent woman who lives her life wanting to improve the lives of the less fortunate through policy. Policy isn't sexy! It's not exciting! But policy by Jennifer Robson is lovely, believe it or not. At the hands of a less skilled author this book would have been awful. Honestly the romance isn't as in your face, it's an incredibly slow burn and the excitement and danger of war is over.
But again Robson writes so b
This was not as enjoyable as the first book.

I strongly disliked Charlotte. She never has to work for anything. First she's adopted by a very nice family, grows up without want of any kind, obtains a job as a governess straight out of college (this part was very Jane Eyre, with Edward cast in the role of Mr. Rochester,) her journalistic inclinations ate applauded despite the fact that she's a women living/working in the early 20th century. She never fails at anything, everything is just handed to
Jan 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
With World War I ending, Charlotte goes back to work at a constituency office in Liverpool and lodging with two elderly spinsters. Her thoughts at times turn to the love of her life, Edward, now Lord Cumberland. Their different backgrounds and Edward's burden of managing his family's estate is preventing them from taking their relationship any further. In addition, Edward, who lost a leg fighting in the Great War, has isolated himself from everyone and is drinking too much. Will Charlotte be the ...more
Betty Strohecker
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the follow up book to Somewhere in France and looks at the problems Britain faces after the devastation of WWI. Every strata of society finds its lifestyle affected from the highest aristocracy to the suffering poor. Lives have been turned upside down and returning soldiers often find no work. The problems are exposed through the story of Edward and Charlotte, secondary characters in the first book. Opening in 1919, this book also presents the struggle of women to emerge into prominent r ...more
Lisa of Hopewell
3.75 stars

I’m a sucker for anything set in the Edwardian Era or World War I ir the Between the Wars period. Charlotte was a believable character. The story was pleasant and kept me more than interested. I looked forward to listening to more each day. My long car trip took no time when I was listening to this book on the way back. (Wish I’d started it on the way there!). And then there’s the ending….THE. ENDING. Love, love, loved it!

I’m honestly not convinced an aristocratic family would have hir
Stacie Dore
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started this book with very low expectations having not enjoyed another of Robson's books. ... I was very pleasantly surprised. While this book did have a love story that ran through it, it was really much more than that. The story takes place right after WW1 and tackles the fall out from the war, how the system could not deal with so many wounded and scarred individuals and family. More broadly and relative to modern day it explored the class system. The haves and the have nots. The main char ...more
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Jennifer Robson first learned about the Great War from her father, acclaimed historian Stuart Robson, and later served as an official guide at the Canadian National War Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France. A former copy editor, she holds a doctorate in British economic and social history from the University of Oxford. She lives in Toronto, Canada, with her husband and young children.

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