The Poppy Field
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.
Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. Needing to escape from it all, Gemma agrees to help renovate a rundown farmhouse in Doullens, France, a town near the Somme. There, in a boarded-up cupboard, wrapped in old...more
The Poppy Field is an evocative, powerful, emotional, read about heartbreak, war, effects of war, romance and new beginnings. I couldn't put it down. I was completely captivated.
It's not often I go above the ☆ ratings but this book deserves way way more than 5☆s.
A gripping, poignant and emotional look into the lives of two women. Both decades apart but linked together by nursing.
Gemma a young trauma nurse, and Alice a Casulty vol ...more
The story is about a modern-day trauma nurse who volunteers to help her father renovate a run down farm house in Doullene, France. She uncovers the story of Alice, a nurse, during the Somme offensive. The story is divided between WWI and the present time. I was primarily interested in the WWI nursing part of the story. I found the book most enjoya ...more
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Deborah writes with such compassion, the sense of despair, loss and grief leap from the pages. She has obviously undertaken a lot of research into this era and how ...more
Gemma is a trauma nurse in today's NHS; affected by her work, she has taken a sabbatical to renovate a french farmhouse which needs extensive work. While there, she discovers a hidden box of letters from 100 years ago from a young VAD nurse stationed nearby. As the story progresses, there are similarities between life then and now.
Both heartwarming and heartwrenching, this is a delightful read. A timely reminde ...more
It is the story of two women Alice, whose story happens during WW1 and Gemma whose story takes place in 2018.
Gemma is a trauma nurse taking time out from her job to get over the loss of her fiance. Her father suggests she go to France to oversee the renovations and eventual sale of the farm that his recently deceased cousin owned. She jumps at the chance. During her time there not only does she meet the handsome handyman, Tom, who she contra ...more
This is a duel timeline story, 1918 follows the love story of Alice and Ed. Alice is a volunteer nurse working on the front in Doullins, France. Ed was brought in from the line and Alice was his nurse. As you ...more
In 2018 Gemma, an NHS trauma nurse, has taken leave from her job following a traumatic and distressing experience. She comes to Doullens in Northern France to renovate an old farmhouse on behalf of her father who has inherited the building. Gemma is at a crossroads in her life, ...more
Gemma, originally from Guernsey but now relocated to Brighton is a trauma nurse. She is burned out on her job and taking a break. Also after a disastrous affair and an additional personal trauma, she has had enough. She tells her father that she will go to Doullens, France to oversee the renovation of an old cottage that belonged to a relative. It hasn’t been lived in for years. Doullens is near the Somme where some horrific battles were fought during WWI.
The cottage is very di ...more
The cover for this book is fantastic, it completely draws you in, and after reading the blurb, I knew it was a book I wanted to read.
I have read a few books by this author and she has a brilliant writing style and way of bringing the characters to life. This one was no different and I loved everything about it from the scene setting, through to the excellent characterisation and the storyline – everything about this book worked for me and I loved it – it i ...more
We begin with Gemma; a modern-day trauma nurse, who is betrayed by the man she cared for! And on top of that has to deal with a mother who has less personality than a piece ...more
Deborah Carr’s The Poppy Field is a bittersweet romance about secrets, survivor’s guilt, and the fortitude required to move forward after unimaginable loss.
A dual period piece, the novel follows a modern-day trauma nurse who unwittingly uncovers the story of a volunteer who worked at a casualty clearing station during the Somme offensive. The stories have interesting symmetry, but I felt the historic half of the narrative th ...more
The blurb promised a breath taking story and breath taking it was. In the beginning the book was a bit slow, but when the letters were discovered, I fell into the rabbit hole and did not come back out. The time jumps were very well written and I was there. In the modern times as well as in the past and I could imagine everything so good! The author truly is a word artist.
The characters were slow to show their shining points. In the beginning they w ...more
Alice's story is emerged in the struggles of World War 1 and is a heartbreakingly beautiful love story. Gemma's story has similar echoes to that of Alice's showcasing two brave women in two different era's of time discoveri ...more
I adored the story of Alice and Ed. Gemma and Tom were definitely pinpointed in the beginning. You knew the outcome before it presented itself. I feel Alice was the more prominent character and story line. Quick read and it kept my interest.
Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read for an honest review.
What a fantastic book, One of the best I've read this year. 5*++
Gemma's renovations in the French farm house turn up an unexpected surprise and the story that it follows from ww1 to today is a FANTASTIC rollercoaster of emotions and insight to a voluntary nurse I can't praise this unputtable down book enough it deserves more ** than I can give it
I highly recommend. book 5*++
It kept me from all my chores simply because it was just so heartwarming and I was desperately trying to find out which direction Alice's and Gemma's lives would take them.
Beautifully written. I love WW stories very much and have read many of them. This one didn't disappoint.
Thanks to Netgalley, Deborah Carr and Harper Impulse for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.
Many thanks to netgalley and HarperCollins for this advanced readers copy.
I wasn't disappointed... I thoroughly enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down, i do find i am enjoying historical fiction more and more and find it very fascinating at just how different life was back then.
Deborah Carr writes beautifully, i really enjoyed hearing about Alice and her life as a volunteer nurse in France where she meets Ed, her love and present day Gemma and ...more
In the present day, Gemma is a trauma nurse whose world is torn apart when her lover is rushed into the hospital where she work ...more
When young nurse, Gemma, escapes to France from the pressure of being a trauma nurse in the modern day NHS, her story intertwines with that of Alice, a young VAD working at a casualty clearing station in northern France during some of the most momentous years of WW1. Alice's story comes to light when Gemma uncovers a stash of hidden le ...more
She writes historical fiction for HarperCollins' romance imprint One More Chapter. Een Veld Vol Klaprozen, the Dutch translation of The Poppy Field was published by HarperCollins Holland in January 2020.
The first two books in her Mrs Boots series inspired by Florence Boot, the wife of Boots founder, Jesse Boot, will be published ...more