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Among the Poppies
by J’nell Ciesielski
From the back cover:
Can their love survive? Or will it become another casualty of war?
The ideal lady wears lace, speaks quietly, and never—under any circumstances—fixes an automobile. But Gwyn Ruthers has never cared two snaps about being the ideal lady. With the war to end all wars exploding across the English Channel, she leaves behind her restrictive life as a chauffer’s daughter to serve in an all-female ambulance unit in France. She’s not about to let her social status or gender prevent her from serving her country. Not even a handsome captain can distract her from her mission. Most of the time.
Captain William Crawford wouldn’t wish the ravages of war on any man, much less the captivating woman who insists on driving into battle instead of staying safely at home. He can’t deny that the troops need more medical help, but not when it puts innocent women in danger. How can he lead his men against the Jerries while worrying about Gwyn’s safety?
Bound together by circumstances, Gwyn and William can’t stop the love growing between them. Can their relationship survive, or will it become another casualty of war?
About the author:
Believing she was born in the wrong era, J’nell Ciesielski spends her days creating heart-stopping heroes, brave heroines, and adventurous exploits in times gone by. Winner of the Romance Through the Ages contest and Maggie Award, J’nell can often be found dreaming of a second home in Scotland, indulging in chocolate of any kind, or watching old black and white movies. Born a Florida girl, she now calls Virginia home, along with her very understanding husband, young daughter, and one lazy beagle. Find out more at jnellciesielski.com.
World War I was a brutal war. Against all proper conventions, Gwyn finds herself in the thick of it, while William is expected to lead the way.
Among the Poppies ventures into a gruesome scene with cautious reality. There is a fine line in war fiction between graphic realism and naivety. The truth is unpleasant, and yet the scenes here are described well — enough detail to make the point but not so much to become gory.
The characters are endearing. I hated to put the book down and leave them in danger without knowing they would be okay! I especially liked William. Loyal, honorable, and yet fighting battles within as well as without, he made a wonderful hero.
If you enjoy historical fiction on foreign soil, you’ll want to check out this well-written debut by J’nell Ciesielski. Among the Poppies is one I would recommend!
(I received a complimentary copy of this novel. The thoughts expressed here are entirely my own.)