In a Field of Blue
England 1922. It’s been four years since Rudy’s brother Edgar went missing in war-torn France. Still deep in mourning and grappling with unanswered questions, Rudy and his mother struggle to move on. ...more
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There are some things that I consider to be cardinal sins in books. One of them is data dumps, where the author just tells us a bunch of information instead of weaving it into the story naturally. This happened in several places in this book—especially at the beginning—and it certainly did slow things down. Another cardinal sin, at least in my book, is not starting where the action is. I don't know why some authors feel like they can't just start with an interesting part; ...more
I could not put this book down! It was bitter sweet. Each character giving the story from their perspective. I have to say that I wanted to rush through reading the chapter from Laurence's perspective!!!!
I've read a great many love stories during wartime. This one, during WWI, stands out for several reasons.
It is not just the love of a British soldier for a young French woman. It is also the love between sisters , between brothers, and the love that binds families.
The story is beautifully written from the aspect of several characters starting with the youngest brother, Rudy, who has recently lost his eldest brother, a British soldier, to the battlefields of ...more
I read mystery, suspense, and thriller primarily, and the pacing of my favorite authors/genres is quick and streamlined—two things this book definitely isn’t. There’s so much prose and internal dialogue that I struggled to get through it. Some of the sentences are so convoluted that I had to re-read them—something I never do. The characters are one-dimensional ...more
Excellent story, insightful and unexpected. The shifting narration created a rounded story, one of love, of all kinds not just romantic, and survival.
The details and twists intrigued and engaged, making it difficult to put the book down - yet I didn't want to rush through it, as it's one of those stories with characters you're reluctant to leave.
As in my review of her previous book I found the characters to be well developed and enjoyed reading from each of their unique perspectives. The plot was engaging and I felt like while I was reading fiction I was also learning a bit about ...more
I knew not to like or trust Laurence, and you will too. Meanwhile, PTSD, Soldier’s Heart, or Shell Shock have shown they can change people. Family loyalty and hope seemed to make it through to the conclusion.
Amazing! Jaw dropping, keep you up all night good! Absolutely loved it. I loved all the little details that just hooked me and drew me in and the suspense as the story unfolded. And then I was surprised as each character told their story. This book is a must read!!
I picked this as my January Amazon Prime First Reads. I picked it because I enjoy historical fiction. This definitely did not disappoint! It gives many perspectives to add depth to the story and shed new light on the same situations. I love how it built the story upon each persons viewpoint.
The language is especially descriptive and the first person narrative authenticates the setting and the plot. The novel illustrates the plight of veterans everywhere, no matter the war they served. But WW1 vets who suffered traumatic stress and ran from battle were shot. And the Great War left many vets and their families in dire circumstances. Highly recommended novel.
I don’t think I can do justice to a description of this story. The characters are so vivid and seem very much alive. The story line at times seems convoluted but in time the details mesh and it all becomes clear. I love, love, loved it!!!!!!!
Many characters, many places, many themes intriguingly interwoven into a fictional narrative of World War I. As you would expect such a tale to be, this felt entirely real. There is a plethora of deep emotional feelings. I tend to read books skipping several pages at a time. I was so intrigued by this book, that I read it nearly word for word.
Disclosure: I looked at the percent remaining on this book more often than I'd like, especially in the first section narrated by Rudy. While I'd like to say it was in hopes that the book had more time left and secrets to reveal, it was the opposite. The build up of plot and characters felt too drawn out, tedious, as if the author was paid by the word.
That feeling continued to some degree for the remainder of the book, switching narrators a ...more
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World War I and it's effect on an English family. The background is stunning and the story line, at least to me, different than most. This, for me, was a long read, taking several days! I really feel there could have been a bit more editing done as there were times it seemed you would never find the answer. WWI, the heir goes off to fight, doesn't return,but a body is never recovered, a French woman shows up with a child claiming to be his wife . It's too long to go into, but ...more
Her storytelling allows the narrative to build and what unfolds is an amazing story of promises made and kept, and the heartache that comes with those promises. It is not an easy book to read because at times I was overwhelmed with a sense of loss and the unfairness of ...more
I read the book straight through until wee hours of morning. It is two great love stories broken apart by wars. So much history of the invasions. Interesting as to how gypsy children were treated. Was that then the term PTSD was not known and its awful complications. I just wish the second brother hadn't been killed in the next door. Sad. But war is sad and the results are disastrous to those fighting and those left bwhind.
I began this book as an easy read without high expectations. Admittedly, the first section was enjoyable but not as good as many other books I have read. I feared it would be too predictable. However, after the first section, I was very much drawn in and enjoyed the book very much to the end. I don't want to.goce any spoilers, so.my review is purposely vague. I would compare it to a Louisa May Alcott novel in many ways.
Having previously read The Road Beyond Ruin I was looking forward to reading the latest book by Gemma Liviero . Was pleasantly surprised to find it was available under Amazon's first reads for January. The story is told through the eyes of the main characters and is set in the periods before, during and after the first world war. will not say more so as not to spoil the story. Highly recommended.
This was a well written book. One was there on the battlefield with a very quick understanding of the sacrifice the people in France and the brave servicemen that had to face the unmanageable task of a ungodly war.I know this author has researched many hours to get such details.
I've been reading more about WWI lately and this is another good one with much about shell shock, the plight of the French civilians and other tragedies we can't imagine. The love story is very good and I thoroughly relished the book, even though parts were very sad, like real life.