The Poppy Wife: A Novel of the Great War

The Poppy Wife: A Novel of the Great WarIn The Tradition Of Jennifer Robson And Hazel Gaynor, This Unforgettable Debut Novel Is A Sweeping Tale Of Forbidden Love, Profound Loss, And The Startling Truth Of The Broken Families Left Behind In The Wake Of World War I.1921 Survivors Of The Great War Are Desperately Trying To Piece Together The Fragments Of Their Broken Lives While Many Have Been Reunited With Their Loved Ones, Edie S Husband Francis Is Still Missing Francis Is Presumed To Have Been Killed In Action, But Edie Knows He Is Alive.Harry, Francis S Brother, Was There The Day Francis Went Missing In Ypres And Like Edie, He S Hopeful Francis Is Living Somewhere In France, Lost And Confused Hired By Grieving Families In Need Of Closure, Harry Returns To The Western Front To Photograph Soldiers Graves As He Travels Through France Gathering News For British Wives And Mothers, He Searches For Evidence His Own Brother Is Still Alive.When Edie Receives A Mysterious Photograph That She Believes Was Taken By Francis, She Is Certain Than Ever He Isn T Dead Edie Embarks On Her Own Journey In The Hope Of Finding Some Trace Of Her Husband Is He Truly Gone, Or Could He Still Be Alive And If He Is, Why Hasn T He Come Home As Harry And Edie S Paths Converge, They Get Closer To The Truth About Francis And, As They Do, Are Soon Faced With The Life Changing Impact Of The Answers They Discover.An Incredibly Moving Account Of An Often Forgotten Moment In History Those Years After The War That Were Filled With The Unknown The Poppy Wife Tells The Story Of The Thousands Of Soldiers Who Were Lost Amid The Chaos And Ruins In Battle Scarred France And The Even Greater Number Of Men And Women Hoping To Find Them Again. In 1921 The Great War may have ended, but so many desperate families are still trying to find out what happened to their missing husbands, sons and brothers Edie s beloved husband Francis is still listed as missing, Francis is presumed to have been killed in action in France and Edie still believes that he could possibly still be alive Harry, Francis s brother, was with him the day Francis went missing during the battle for Ypres, like Edie, he s hopeful Francis is still alive and living somewh In 1921 The Great War may have ended, but so many desperate families are still trying to find out what happened to their missing husbands, sons and brothers Edie s beloved husband Francis is still listed as missing, Francis is presumed to have been killed in action in France and Edie still believes that he could possibly still be alive Harry, Francis s brother, was with him the day Francis went missing during the battle for Ypres, like Edie, he s hopeful Francis is still alive and living somewhere in France Harry returns to France and he s trying to help grieving families find some closure Harry takes photograph s of soldiers graves and sends the pictures back to their families in England As he travels through war damaged France gathering news for British wives and mothers, he searches for any evidence that his own brother is still alive.For Harry going back to France is very hard, he still suffers terribly from his own experiences during the war, he has horrible nightmares and flashbacks He also suffers from survivors guilt and why was he one of the lucky ones to survive the war His younger brother Will died and older brother Francis has left behind a wife who s still not sure if she s a widow When Edie receives a mysterious photograph, she believes it might have been taken recently by Francis, and she s now certain that he s still alive Edie embarks on her own journey in the hope of finding some trace of her missing husband Is he truly gone, buried in a unmarked grave in France or could he be living in France But why hasn t he come home, has he lost his memory or has he been badly wounded and thinks she wouldn t love him any due to his injuries Harry and Edie s paths cross, together they try to solve the mystery of what happened to Francis and could he hiding somewhere in France Thousands of men are listed as missing in action and France was a total mess after the WW I finished Towns are destroyed, buildings are gone, the landscape looks different and fields are full of old army trenches The countryside is littered with discarded and broken weapons, empty shell casings, rusty barbed wire, bits of uniforms and bones.While reading The Poppy Wife, you can almost see the sides of the road littered with soldiers discarded belongings as they march towards the front and feel how nervous they are while waiting in the trenches for the whistle to blow and it s their turn to go over the top The Poppy Wife, is a intriguing, beautifully written and a very emotional book to read.Opinions expressed in this review are my own, I gave The Poppy Wife five big stars and it s one of the best historical fiction WW I books I have read.I have shared my review on Goodreads, NetGalley, Edelweiss, Barnes Noble, Australian , Kobo, Twitter and my blog.https karrenreadsbooks.blogspot.com Caroline Scott s debut is beautifully written, powerful, and intense The book takes place primarily in France 1921 with flashbacks to 1917 A story about the aftermath of war, the sorrow and the devastation The guilt and heartbreak felt by those left behind This is a piece of history I have not read much about it was sobering to acknowledge the impact of war on both the land and human spirit It was lovely and heart wrenching to see the hope inspired by the rebuilding of France, all I could t Caroline Scott s debut is beautifully written, powerful, and intense The book takes place primarily in France 1921 with flashbacks to 1917 A story about the aftermath of war, the sorrow and the devastation The guilt and heartbreak felt by those left behind This is a piece of history I have not read much about it was sobering to acknowledge the impact of war on both the land and human spirit It was lovely and heart wrenching to see the hope inspired by the rebuilding of France, all I could think was in a couple decades they would be in the midst of war again This story was told from the alternating perspectives of Harry and Edie Harry is the only one of three brothers to survive the war He is now back in France working as a photographer taking pictures of soldier s graves for their families Edie was married to one of Harry s brothers Francis After receiving a mysterious photo she is convinced that Francis is alive and heads to France to find him Harry and Eadie s haves cross in France it is bittersweet There is so much confusion, guilt, and history between the two of them, will discovering the truth about Francis bring them healing and closure I was completely drawn into this riveting story I had to know the fate of Francis and what had happened between Edie and Harry in the past Scott s vivid writing completely immersed me in Post WWI France This book will appeal to all fans of historical fiction It was raw Real And beautiful.This book in emojis Big thanks to William Morro for my copy of this book The Poppy Wife is set during and after World War I, the Great War Edie s husband, Francis, is missing and presumed dead after the war, and his brother, Harry, is present the day Francis went missing.Both Edie and Harry believe Francis is still out there, and each seeks to find him Harry goes by his work, traveling to take pictures of soldiers graves, while Edie embarks on her own journey Their paths are about to intersect, and will they find news of Francis The aftermath of a war and its imp The Poppy Wife is set during and after World War I, the Great War Edie s husband, Francis, is missing and presumed dead after the war, and his brother, Harry, is present the day Francis went missing.Both Edie and Harry believe Francis is still out there, and each seeks to find him Harry goes by his work, traveling to take pictures of soldiers graves, while Edie embarks on her own journey Their paths are about to intersect, and will they find news of Francis The aftermath of a war and its impact on the loved ones of those who are lost are captured in such an authentic and powerful way The storyline is pierced masterfully together, and that lent itself to some great underlying tension I enjoyed the literal and figurative journeys this book was, both for the reader and for Harry and Edie Overall, The Poppy Wife is a beautifully rendered, emotional story of the lessons we can learn from war and how to find hope and healing in even the darkest of times I received a complimentary copy All opinions are my own.Many of my reviews can also be found on my blog www.jennifertarheelreader.com I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review as part of an Instagram book tour.I really hope I can do this book justice and put into words how great this novel really is Scott does it so well, putting a devastating and tragic time into words This is a remarkable piece of work Here is a story based around the characters Edie and three brothers Francis, Harry and Will Theirs is a story of love, heartbreak and bravery Set at the end of the World War One this book puts I was sent a copy of this book by the publisher for an honest review as part of an Instagram book tour.I really hope I can do this book justice and put into words how great this novel really is Scott does it so well, putting a devastating and tragic time into words This is a remarkable piece of work Here is a story based around the characters Edie and three brothers Francis, Harry and Will Theirs is a story of love, heartbreak and bravery Set at the end of the World War One this book puts into words the aftermath of the First World War We begin with a Timeline of events which proves useful, to then delve into these characters lives The emotion that is conveyed from the outset is staggering How Scott manages to put the varied emotions of these characters onto the page is impressive As a reader I was with them every step of the way This is in no way a light and fluffy read, it is pure, raw and devastating What a brilliant portrayal of the harrowing aftermath of war Scott captures the real despair of all those who s family members went missing The story comes together piece by piece It s a masterpiece of words that doesn t just pull you into the fiction but the sobering truth of war as it really was Reading this book was a journey and Scott reminds me of the motto surrounded by the Wars, Lest we forget as even though the characters in this novel are fiction, their circumstances are not I felt oncereminded of the horrors So during my time reading this book I purchased a dozen poppies and made sure everyone I knew wore one as we truly must never forget and Scott has done an excellent job of driving that message home This is an excellent read and befitting for this time of year Just make sure you have a box of tissues on hand DNF 48%2019 William Morrow Paperbacks HarperCollinsI love the premise of this novelthe aftermath of the Great War World War I was a war that scarred many soldiers, outside and inside It was a war that affectedthan the soldiers themselves I found it interesting that Harry was able go to the front and photograph graves for the loved ones still surviving Harry had been a soldier with his brothers, and was with Francis when he disappeared Edie doesn t think that her husband, Francis DNF 48%2019 William Morrow Paperbacks HarperCollinsI love the premise of this novelthe aftermath of the Great War World War I was a war that scarred many soldiers, outside and inside It was a war that affectedthan the soldiers themselves I found it interesting that Harry was able go to the front and photograph graves for the loved ones still surviving Harry had been a soldier with his brothers, and was with Francis when he disappeared Edie doesn t think that her husband, Francis is dead and then receives a photograph taken by him While I enjoyed learning about the photographing aspect of the war, I just could not get into Scott s writing I gave up after 48% when I just didn t feel any investment in the charactersI received a complimentary copy of this ebook from the publisher through Edelweiss Opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own Moving, powerful, intense.The legacy of war, in this case the First World War, is a theme vividly and movingly explored in The Photographer of the Lost There are the traumatic memories of conflict and survivor s guilt of those who came back, like Harry, the lingering absence of those who didn t, and the unfinished business of those reported missing in action, like Harry s brother, Francis Francis wife, Edie, joins many thousands of others hoping desperately for some miracle or, at the very le Moving, powerful, intense.The legacy of war, in this case the First World War, is a theme vividly and movingly explored in The Photographer of the Lost There are the traumatic memories of conflict and survivor s guilt of those who came back, like Harry, the lingering absence of those who didn t, and the unfinished business of those reported missing in action, like Harry s brother, Francis Francis wife, Edie, joins many thousands of others hoping desperately for some miracle or, at the very least, finding some resolution even if only a grave at which to mourn.Edie s search is cleverly connected with the art of photography through Harry s current occupation, photographing the graves of young men lost in the war as keepsakes for their grieving families and for fianc es who will now never become the wives of their sweethearts Photographs what they can and can t say, the capturing of a likeness or of a moment in time play an important part in the book Harry and Edie both attempt to piece together clues from the photographs taken by Francis in order to uncover his story, revealing along the way a tangled web of relationships.However, alongside the grief of relatives and the wounds physical and mental suffered by those who survived, there are signs of hope For example, as Harry returns to France in 1921 he sees evidence of the rebuilding of villages destroyed in the war and of their inhabitants slowly trying to return to something like normal life I loved the way this is also reflected in the natural world There are lines of young, flimsy looking trees planted around the edges of the cemetery Beyond them are other trees, bent and blasted, with metal splinters embedded in some of their trunks They are both ugly and beautiful, these stubborn trees they are both candid witnesses and resurgent life New growth breaks from scarred trunks Harry also witnesses those attempting to respect the memories of the fallen through the careful tending of cemeteries or the maintenance of records that might reunite families or at least bring them closure It s a timely reminder as we approach Remembrance Day of the horror of war, its lasting impact on nations and individuals, and the efforts of many dedicated individuals to honour the fallen continued to this day through the work of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission The Photographer of the Lost will immerse you in the stories of its characters as they search for answers, for the strength to carry on and for forgiveness Tissues at the ready, people Poignant, insightful, and profoundly moving The Poppy Wife is predominantly set in the French countryside during 1921, as well as 1917, and is told from two different perspectives Edie, a young British wife who after receiving a picture of her missing husband journeys to France to find him, dead or alive, and discover his fate wherever he may be, and Harry, the youngest of three brothers who endeavours to help his sister in law and others find some form of closure even while his own experiences Poignant, insightful, and profoundly moving The Poppy Wife is predominantly set in the French countryside during 1921, as well as 1917, and is told from two different perspectives Edie, a young British wife who after receiving a picture of her missing husband journeys to France to find him, dead or alive, and discover his fate wherever he may be, and Harry, the youngest of three brothers who endeavours to help his sister in law and others find some form of closure even while his own experiences and memories of war still plague and haunt him day and night.The prose is poetic, expressive, and stunningly vivid The characters are damaged, determined, and courageous And the plot is a heartrending, utterly absorbing tale about life, love, loneliness, familial relationships, heartbreak, war, loss, grief, guilt, hope, loyalty, and survival.Overall, The Poppy Wife is a beautifully written, exceptionally atmospheric novel that transports you to another time and place and immerses you so thoroughly into the personalities, feelings, and lives of the characters you can t help but be affected It is without a doubt one of my favourite novels of the year that reminds us of the horrific consequences of war and the thousands of nameless men who still remain scattered underneath a savage battlefield It s emotive, powerful and as Kipling so iconically stated, lest we forget Thank you to HarperCollins Canada for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review Poppy Wife is a moving story of guilt, pain, separation, unanswered questions, dedication and love It is a prudent novel that easily engulfs the reader in a tale of mystery, belief and heartbreak.The Poppy Wife follows the broken lives and loves of those left behind by the impact of World War I Caroline Scott s first novel crosses two different but close timelines, 1921 and 1917 In the year 1921, everyone is consumed by the aftermath of the war The w Poppy Wife is a moving story of guilt, pain, separation, unanswered questions, dedication and love It is a prudent novel that easily engulfs the reader in a tale of mystery, belief and heartbreak.The Poppy Wife follows the broken lives and loves of those left behind by the impact of World War I Caroline Scott s first novel crosses two different but close timelines, 1921 and 1917 In the year 1921, everyone is consumed by the aftermath of the war The war has left a trail of fragmented lives Many people do not have any conclusive answers as to the whereabouts of their husbands, lovers, fathers, sons and brothers For the lead of The Poppy Wife, Edie is one woman amongst so many left with unanswered questions as to the final fate of her husband Francis Edie holds a photograph of her beloved and all she knows is that he has been classified as missing in action Edie still holds some glimmer of hope that she can find Francis Connected to Edie s story is that of Harry, who is Francis brother Harry fought and survived the Western front Harry now works as a photographer for the fallen He is tasked with the job of finding the grave sites of the fallen soldiers for the families of these brave men Harry encounters Edie while on a search for the truth and both come to a harsh realisation by the close of the book.Inspired by her own studies and personal family history, author Caroline Scott has penned a novel of great historical weight The Poppy Wife tackles the difficult undergrowth of the devastation of WWI It considers the impact on the soldiers that survived the war, who then went to live a very changed life Scott also looks closely at the loved ones left behind The Poppy Wife is a novel told with significant historical knowledge, insight and personal heart It reminds us of the pure devastation experienced by many families following the close of the war.The Poppy Wife is a thoughtful book that provides the reader with an excellent and historically accurate glimpse into this complex time period in our history books The unfolding narrative is told from two separate timelines, which relays the perspectives of a returned solider and a wife left behind I found both these voices compelling and insightful I appreciated the heartbreaking and life affirming journey the characters in this novel went through This pathway was tinged with plenty of historical record and authenticity.Forming the historical backbone of The Poppy Wife are the various family requests for photographs of gravesites of the fallen to Harry Harry s profession definitely added an extra layer to this emotional tale Scott also includes a detailed map of Belgium and France, along with a comprehensive timeline of the key events of the First World War Preceding The Poppy Wife is a newspaper clipping outlining a request for battlefield photography, which gives the reader an insight into the specialised work of Harry, the lead of this novel.What urged me to continue to read The Poppy Wife with gusto was the central mystery involving the final fate of Francis, who is Edie s husband and Harry s brother This is an upsetting story that truly strikes directly at the heart By the close of the novel, Scott delivers some answers as to what these characters have been seeking.Emotional and historically informative, The Poppy Wife provides an exceptional glimpse into the impact of the First World War, with particular reference to burial arrangements of the thousands of soldiers who fought in the war The Poppy Wife is a requisite piece of historical fiction that works to enhance our understanding of the aftermath of one of our most devastating periods in world history Okay, the story here is fascinating There are many novels set in post WWI England, but this is the first I have read that focuses on families either grieving for their lost sons brothers spouses or those unable to grieve because they have had no closure Good material Women searching amidst the ruin of post war France for their loved ones, going from town to town looking at belongings Women requesting photographs of their loved ones graves However, poor execution I know that a lot of revie Okay, the story here is fascinating There are many novels set in post WWI England, but this is the first I have read that focuses on families either grieving for their lost sons brothers spouses or those unable to grieve because they have had no closure Good material Women searching amidst the ruin of post war France for their loved ones, going from town to town looking at belongings Women requesting photographs of their loved ones graves However, poor execution I know that a lot of reviews say the writing is beautiful, but I didn t find it so I really dislike the use of the present simple, third person, I find books written in it are annoying to read I disliked the switching from person to person, time to time, it s just not fluid And I found the lead characters unsatisfying, and preferred the minor characters the English officer and his wife working to create cemeteries for the English war dead, Rachel, the widow Harry meets along the way They werelikeable and somehow feltreal.And one last quibble this is set in France, yet no one on either side seems to have much of a language barrier Are the main characters fluent in French, or is this steampunk and someone has invented a universal translator A beautifully written and very sad tale that moves between 1916 1917 on the front line during the First World War and 1921, when Harry returns to France to photograph war graves and battle scenes for the mourning relatives at home He s also on the hunt for his brother Francis, lost in 1917 and presumed dead but without a known grave Francis s wife Edie is also in France searching for the truth But it s the people they both meet on their quests that make this novel so special, many of whom hav A beautifully written and very sad tale that moves between 1916 1917 on the front line during the First World War and 1921, when Harry returns to France to photograph war graves and battle scenes for the mourning relatives at home He s also on the hunt for his brother Francis, lost in 1917 and presumed dead but without a known grave Francis s wife Edie is also in France searching for the truth But it s the people they both meet on their quests that make this novel so special, many of whom have both physical and mental scars from the war, and all trying to remember or forget in their own way It s desperately moving, so much so I did distance myself from it a little, but its beauty cannot be denied Review to follow shortly on For Winter Nights

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  • Paperback
  • 448 pages
  • The Poppy Wife: A Novel of the Great War
  • Caroline Scott
  • 24 October 2019
  • 0062955322