England, 1914. Poppy is 15, beautiful, and clever, but society has already carved out her destiny. She will become a servant to the aristocratic de Vere family . . . and bury her feelings for their youngest son, Freddie. He could never marry a girl like her.
But the path f ...more
What is this one thing? Well, let me tell you - I was not a huge fan of the romance in this book. As in, I didn't particularly care for or about it at all. I was not rooting for it, I didn't believe in it, and I actually wish that it either (a) didn't involve a romance or (b) involved a different romance with another character, who I could have rooted for wholeheartedly.
I also wasn't particularly attached to any of th ...more
Many of them are stories of the Diggers, the Tommies and the fighting, but, significantly, there are a fair few being published that deal with the changing role of women and girls during this period. Poppy is the story of a young girl, serving the de Vere family a ...more
There’s plenty of historical detail, though it’s quite light in approach (which makes sense given the target audience). Poppy is a hard-working character who does what ...more
Prior to becoming a book blogger I wasn't a big historical fiction reader, but over the last year or so I have been reading more and more books from the genre. I am especially interested in ones that are centered around WW1 and 2. Recent war-related books I have read and thoroughly enjoyed are Prison of Night and Fog by Anne Blankman and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. Poppy too has now been added to my list of enjoyable war-relate ...more
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Poppy was a sweet little novel which really took me by surprise. It’s an interesting insight into the English nurses of the First World War who cared for the soldiers injured so badly they returned home. I feel like I’ve read and watched a lot about both the First and Second World Wars, but Poppy succeeded in presenting a fresh and touching perspective.
Although Poppy is only a short novel, it explored some really interesting and less talked about aspects of the war. There was a large focus on re...more
Poor Poppy read as an extremely naive young woman, completely unversed in the arts of love and the complications of society. Granted, she knows her hidden relationship with a man who was once her emplo ...more
[Review to be posted on the blog sometime this week. :P]
I had no idea that this book would have a sequel, but as I was nearing the end I knew there was no way there couldn't have been. May 2015, 'Poppy in the Field'. I know it's going to be an emotional and intense read.
Last week I received a package from Bloomsbury in the mail, containing two books: this was one of them. I hadn't heard anything about it, but 1) I adore good historical fiction; 2) Mary Hooper is quite a well-known staple ...more
Poppy is a housemaid for the DeVere family, and when World War I starts affecting England, the family decides to move to a smaller house and let the great manor house be used as a hospital. They let most of the staff go, although Poppy is invited to stay on. After talking to a former teacher, Miss Luttrell, she finds that she can apply to be part of the Voluntary Aid Detachment and learn some nursing skills, and Miss Luttrell will even give her a bit of an allowance, hav ...more
I was anxious to see how the story would finish as I got close to the end and things were still going the same! The end was sudden and also felt forced to me, but the war part of the stor ...more
From what I've read, Poppy's fine. I'm fairly certain it would be a solid, unremarkable three star read that I would probably forget about a few days later. Odds of me liking it any more than that are miniscule, because the writing and characterization are meh and I've read tons of WWI/WWII books with similar events.
As I mentioned above, this book was just too...silly. Poppy was j ...more
This is the first book by the ...more
This book was rather boring. The romance seemed forced and did nothing to further the plot. It would have been a much better ...more
You can tell as the story carries on what I was taught in History about WW1. When the war began there was great hope that it would be done by Christmas. Men and boys had the war glorified to begin with and then the word spread that actually war isn't good, it isnt good at all! Mental health is at the fore nowadays but not back then. It was ...more
Somewhat interesting, romance (of the pining and obsessing type) isn't really my thing. Poppy’s ...more
British children's and young adult author Mary Hooper was born in 1944, in Barnes, then in Surrey, nowadays in South West London. She left school at fifteen, and went to work as a window dresser, and then as a secretary. She eventually returned to school, as an adult student, earning a degree in English from Readi ...more