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The Poppy Field

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  3,220 ratings  ·  229 reviews
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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

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Published October 12th 2018 by HarperImpulse
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Dash fan
10☆ Evocative, Powerful, Emotional, romantic..... Highly recommend!

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
Oct 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
In a book market that is constantly flooded with historical romance/fiction of the Second World War, it's always refreshing to get my hands on a book set during the First World War. A dual narrative, The Poppy Field taking place in 2018 and the war years &aftermath of 1916-1919. The two women, both nurses, also seem to have similar love experiences. The Poppy Field was an ok read for me, it was heavy on the romance, but does focus on the tragedy of the trenches and the thousands of wounded men ...more
Feb 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of both non-fiction and historical fiction about WWI during the 100th anniversary of the War. This book is a continuation of that project.

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
Deanne Patterson
The cover of this book is just gorgeous! An amazing read this takes place in modern times and through letters Gemma discovers in a distant relatives home she is fixing up. The letters take us back to WW I. Two sets of main characters really pull on our heartstrings. Epic historical romance has us pulling for nurse Alice who sees it all in her line of nursing duty. The human spirit is strong it may be crushed for a time but as humans we recover,have resilience and move on. We have to to survive! ...more
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Ehh, I was very excited to read this book. I love historical fiction and the premise of finding 100-year-old WWI letters hidden in an old home was promising. Sadly, the writing was slightly wooden. The pace of the book both dragged and was forced at the same time. I was not able to connect with the characters. I found myself skimming over dialogue and through pages. This book just wasn't for me.

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have been longing to read The Poppy Field ever since I laid my eyes on the cover. Poppies are simply beautiful and the connection they have with war time makes them even more poetic. I’m keenly interested in stories based around the war from the ‘outside’ point of view and being a nurse myself made this a double blessing of content.

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
Grace J Reviewerlady
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful story, and a timely reminder of the suffering of the first world war.

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
Jan 08, 2019 rated it liked it
This would have been a much higher rating but I felt that the writing let the story down. I really loved the actual story, essentially two romance stories, one set in the present day and one set 100 years ago during WWI in France. Both were good stories, Gemma in the present day meets Tom when she travels to France to renovate an old farmhouse that has been left to her father. There she finds some old letters, which leads to us meeting Alice who falls for Ed during the war. The farmhouse ties th ...more
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Poppy Field is a stand-alone book by Deborah Carr.

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
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have been on a kick for World War I novels lately, so I have been reading all I can get my hands on. Maybe with Armistice Day coming this week? Anyway, they are good and kind of new to me history since we here in America study more about World War II in our schools than we do World War I.

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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Told over two time lines, 1916/1918 and 2018, The Poppy Field is an engaging and well told story of the horrors of the first world war, and is a particularly poignant read in this, the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.

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,
Sep 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 and 1 / 2 stars

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
Donna Maguire

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
Tatiana Sevciuc
Nov 30, 2019 rated it did not like it
Too much unnecessary love. I wanted every character to die.
This book can be a drinking game based on how many time these characters say " I love you" to each other.
I would be drunk in 5 mins
Misfits farm
Sep 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gemma arrives in France in order to restore the house of a deceased cousin of her Father’s, having left her nursing job in Brighton behind. Her family live in Jersey and so there is the French connection. The house is in a far worse state than she imagined. She is glad to get away from England- she has left tragedy and heartache behind- her boyfriend was killed in a car accident and she was in the trauma team and found out more than she bargained for. She bumps into Tom in the hardware store whe ...more
Oct 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
I always love a story with a dual timeline and, although I may have read many others triggered by the discovery of long-lost letters, I really did enjoy this one. I will confess though that the present day story of Gemma, with her tragic past and need for a fresh start, managing the farmhouse renovation at Doullens, didn’t capture my imagination quite as much as Alice’s wartime story did. Although a lovely romantic story, very well told, I would have rather liked a tad more depth, more obvious e ...more
Frankie (Chicks, Rogues and Scandals)
have read many stories set during the WW1 era but I think that this could be one of my favourites, it is simply stunning and one of those rare books that I did genuinely have a weep over. The last couple of pages will break even the most hardened of hearts. This is a powerful, emotional and incredibly poignant and romantic book that will leave the reader with a lump in their throats and feeling completely overawed by the unimaginable heart-break and loss and yet at the same time it is hugely sa ...more
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed getting to know Gemma, discovering why she is alone in a run-down farmhouse in the Somme area of France and what had happened to make her run away from her old life. It is soon apparent that her sadness and vulnerability are only partly masked by her independence. Fate, or maybe the farmhouse itself, leads her to local builder Tom, who soon begins to help her with her task of restoring the house, so her father can sell it. Tom and Gemma both have secrets from their past, but it’s the d ...more
Cara Ross
Oct 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Poppy Field truly a moving book, set around two remarkable nurses, and though this book is labeled under the historical romance genre, but I would honestly put it under women's fiction, because even though I love and review romance regularly, The Poppy Field is SO much more than to be pigeonholed into a just one category.

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
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"A beautifully written epic historical novel that will take your breath away" is quite something for a book to live up to. The poppy field deserves every word of praise above and more. I was sucked in from the first when Gemma arrives in France to renovate an old cottage belonging to a distant family member. It was when she discovers a tin of old letters though that the real treat begins. I loved the parallels between the lives of Gemma and Alice and longed to find out the connection between the ...more
Oct 04, 2018 rated it liked it
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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
Cassie May
Oct 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Reviewed on behalf of 3 Degrees of Fiction Blog
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
Stacy Walton
Oct 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written story that captures love amidst the struggles of life and war. It is written in dual time zones and allows the reader to observe the life of two women and the story seamlessly passes between the two keeping the reader engaged and eager to read on.

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
Kimberly Mussell
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
World War Two, France, love and war. When one thinks of historical fiction, these items must be on the checklist.
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.
Oct 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely Delighted to have an early copy from netgalley in return for an honest
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*++
Oct 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!
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.
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: net-galley
What a wonderfully written gem this is! The story alternates between modern day France and WWI France. Modern day Gemma and WWI Alice find that their lives are intertwined through letters that Alice wrote. This story is both heartbreaking and full of hope and happiness.

Many thanks to netgalley and HarperCollins for this advanced readers copy.
This one caught my eye straight away with the cover image which is beautiful and the synopsis sounded just lovely!..
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
Callie Hill
Oct 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a while since I’ve read an historical novel, so with the centenary of Armistice Day approaching, The Poppy Field was a perfect choice. With a dual timeline, the setting for this third-person narrative juxtaposes the tranquillity of a rural cottage in France 2018 with the same location 100 years ago, where the devastation and horrors of WW1 are only too evident.

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
Jo Barton
Oct 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
The events of The Great War continue to both fascinate and beguile us and even now, a hundred years from the end of the war, memories linger and emotions run deep.

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
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Deborah Carr is the author of USA TODAY bestseller The Poppy Field.

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

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