In a Field of Blue
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...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; ins ...more
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
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 ...more
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.
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. ...more
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
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 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!!!!!!!
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more