After the War Is Over
The internationally 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 fnd 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...more
Book one is Somewhere in France. Book…moreIt 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)
I thought ...more
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 ...more
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 that ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
But again Robson writes so ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more