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In a Field of Blue

4.23  ·  Rating details ·  7,920 ratings  ·  646 reviews

From the bestselling author of The Road Beyond Ruin comes a novel about a family torn apart by grief and secrets, then pulled back together by hope in the wake of World War I.

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

Kindle Edition, 402 pages
Published February 1st 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Jamie Jack
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: p-2020, historical
Jumbled Family Drama

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; ins
Cindy Woods
Jan 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A complicated and beautiful love story

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
Karren  Sandercock
England 1922, Rudy receives word from his mother she wants him to return immediately from London to the family estate Lakeland Manor, he’s very worried as his mother hasn’t been coping well with the loss of her husband and her older son Edgar during WW I. A strange French woman Mariette, has just turned up on his mothers doorstep, clamming to his late brothers Edgar’s wife and with her she has her four year old son Samuel and Edgar is his father? Edgar has always been his mother’s favorite son, ...more
Christine McLoughlin
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, bitter sweet

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!!!!
Lynn Horton
I bounced between rating this book two or three stars, and finally went with three. I love the cover, so maybe that nudged my rating up.

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
Goth Gone Grey
Jan 05, 2020 rated it liked it
Too slow to build, shows the horrors of war and people

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 f
Patricia Bowen
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a WW I story with multiple protagonists, and the author has you rooting for all but the bad guy... quite a feat to pull off, and she does it seamlessly. The internal monologues are exquisite, the emotions are deeply felt. The descriptions of being in the war, in the war zones, are striking, especially for a woman who has never experienced them first-hand. Though set in the last century, it's timeless: a love story, a family story, a coming of age story, and one I recommend highly. ...more
Jan 04, 2020 marked it as tried-but-not-for-me  ·  review of another edition
sounded interesting but the writing style didn't resonate ...more
Jan 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story

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.
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I cannot finish this book. The story line is hard to buy into. I’ve read a ton of historical fiction and this is just not believable. We have no money but let me take time off of work to figure out if my dead brother really had a wife and kid while he was a solider. We have no money but we have free access to an attorney to research the truth about the dead solid brothers affairs. The. The younger brother starts getting the hots for his dead brothers wife. The entire first chapter I thought the ...more
Betty Adams
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is such an interesting and bittersweet era one that fascinates me because it's the twilight of empires, the confusion of the new modern world, and the horror of WWI. The characters are well-drawn, but I found the plot contrived and there were parts that just seemed to drone on and on. I would truly rate it 3.5 for these reasons. ...more
Megan Justus
Aug 17, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I may never trust a Goodreads rating again.
Jan 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating and moving, a very human war story

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.
Highly recommended.
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This can’t possibly be. I have been waiting impatiently to read In a Field of Blue for months. Why? Because Gemma Liviero is one of my all time favorite authors. The Road to Ruin was one of my top five favorite books and I also loved Pastel Orphans and Broken Angels. I still am having a hard time believing that I just could not connect with this book. The first almost 800 pages are soooooo painfully slow. The lingering question is who is Mariette and Samuel? At page 500 I just didn’t care anymor ...more
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Gemma Liviero never disappoints. This is my second of her books to read, and when looking back from my reviews of last year, I found it funny that her book "The Road Beyond Ruin" was one of the first books I had read and reviewed at the beginning of last year.

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
Sharon Phelps
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction

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!!
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I wish there were 10 stars to give this book!!!

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!!!!!!!
Bonnye Reed
Jan 01, 2020 is currently reading it
Amazon Prime First Reads January 2020
Yannick Tricia
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
The story starts in 1922, Rudy lives in England and work for a newspaper one of his brother Edgar went missing in France during World war 1 and the other one Laurence came back from the war. Rudy was closer to Edgar and miss him so does his mother who struggle with headaches...
One day Mariette and a little boy called Samuel come to their house. Mariette pretends to be Edgar's wife and that Samuel is their son. They find it hard to believe it because Edgar had never wrote to them about this relat
Mar 19, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, 2020
A cute book if you like YA. It is an easy read that tackles some tough issues, but without ever going too deeply into any of them.
Jan 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
In general, I am not a fan of books that intertwine storylines; trying to find multiple storylines that can compete with one another is hard to pull off. So, when the story, from Rudy's perspective, was "interrupted" to start telling another storyline from Mariette's perspective, I groaned. I then went to the table of contents to find out how many times this story is going to be interrupted; I groaned again. For some odd reason, Liviero took a perfectly fine story and kept interrupting it to bri ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An epic story, beautifully written

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.
Michael A Schuler
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing

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.
James R
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was ok
For me this book was just plain boring. Way too long and plodding. It was like folk who answer simple questions with a long drawn out story in which somewhere maybe an answer is embedded. The longer it went, the less interested I became. The only character I found interesting was the farmer who adopted the two young girls, but he was sort of abandoned along the dreary path. To be fair it may not be as dreary as I am reporting, but I certainly didn’t connect with. As one reviewer noted the cover ...more
Feb 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As so often happens, I really disliked this book with incredible review. What the heck? I stopped at 30% bc I find myself dreading picking it up. I don’t care about the whinny main character, I assume the woman will use him and manage to take over the fortune. I’m bored to tears. Is it just me? I’d love a one sentence summary from someone about what happened (privately) but can’t stand to read anymore!
Rhonda Johnson
How disappointing this book is from an author of some of my highly rated favorites! This one was like sludging through thick mud. I quit reading at around 60%. I can not fathom how it received so many good reviews?!
Lisa of Hopewell
May 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
My Interest

This book is a Kindle Unlimited selection and caught my attention for the time period–World War I, and the storyline involving an upper-class British officer.

“I entered the war with the rank of lieutenant because of my class and the privilege of officer’s training, which did not feel like privilege most times.”

(p. 315, Kindle edition)

“There was never any doubt about me signing up for the war. Duty above self had been ingrained in me by Mother, church, and schoolmasters throughout my
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A family saga set before, during and after WWI.

After four years the Watts family is still grieving the loss of their eldest son, Edgar, reported ‘missing, presumed dead’ in the trenches of France.

1922: A mysterious French woman, Mariette, appears at Lakeland Manor with a child claiming that she is Edgar’s widow and the child is his son.

She has little solid evidence and what little she has is vague but enough to warrant further inquiry.

This does not sit well with the next eldest son, Laurence, w
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well written novel set mostly in England a few years after WWI. A young French woman shows up at the country estate of the family of a young man who was proclaimed missing, presumably dead, in battle. She has her young child in tow who she says is the man's child. If this is true, the child stands to inherit the estate in place of the middle son, a spendthrift counting on his inheritance. The woman has no marriage certificate and no birth certificate for the child. There is a hand-written will t ...more
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