Title: The Poppy Field
Author: Deborah Carr
Publisher: Harper Impulse (A Digital Imprint of HarperCollins)
Publication Date: 7 September 2018
Genre: WWI Historical Fiction, Romance
A Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS[National Health Service]. 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 newspapers, is a tin that reveals the secret letters and heartache of Alice Le Breton, a young volunteer nurse who worked in a casualty clearing station near the front line.
Set in the present day and during the horrifying years of the war, both women discover deep down the strength and courage to carry on in even the most difficult of times. Through Alice’s words and her unfailing love for her sweetheart at the front, Gemma learns to truly live again.
The Poppy Field pays homage to WWI war veterans. Hence this book was aptly released in 2018, that marks the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI.
Written in dual timelines, readers oscillate between 2018 and 1910s through Alice Le Breton’s letters. Romance aside, Deborah Carr gives readers a greater appreciation of the sacrifices made by both men and women during war times for nationalistic endeavours.
Let’s be honest WWII sub-genre has to be one of the most popular sub-genres in the publication. Perhaps partly because of the stories of resilience from the Jewish Holocaust and other atrocities. Personally, I never really got into WWI fiction until after watching Wonder Woman in 2017. Mainly because one of the notions that stayed with me was WWI would be the war that ends all wars ( Ha!).
During my brief UK stint, I gathered that there was a great respect for their war veterans which I did not fully comprehend until reading a wounded soldier’s delirious comment while receiving treatment on whether future generations would recall their sacrifice.
If you are in the market for a page-turner (forgive the cliche) without heavy-handed romance, then The Poppy Field is the book for you
Note: This book was provided by Harper Impulse via NetGalley. All opinions expressed are mine.