In war, she fell in love.
Vera Betts shouldn’t be falling in love with the enigmatic doctor she suspects of espionage.
Reeling from her family’s betrayal, she’s faked her nursing credentials, invented a new name, and run away to the frontlines of the French battlefield. Four years into the Great War and she knows who she is and what she’s meant for—to save the living and sit vigil by the dying.
When the cagey-yet-earnest Dr. Nicholas Wallace arrives, so do mysterious explosions destroying hospitals. Even as Nick raises her suspicions, he lowers her defenses. He wants the war to end. Are his acts of sabotage politically motivated or a desperate attempt at peace?
In peace, she fell apart.
A year later, Vera is back with her oppressive family, living under her real name, and Nick is on trial for murder. Trapped in grief and guilt, she cannot speak about the past and does not believe in the future. With Nick refusing to defend himself, she ventures to London to understand why he is so willing to embrace the hangman’s noose. Who is he trying to protect?
What secrets does he plan to carry to his grave? And why does Nick insist upon hiding her true identity? To save the man she loves, Vera must tear open the past and confront the tragic price for peace.
It is books like Blooms of War that made me fall in love with historical fiction. This is most definitely a five star read for me. It’s historical fiction filled with romance, mystery…ah, everything I want in a novel.
Suzanne Tierney is a fantastic writer with a talent for creating characters that feel like people I know personally. Relatavle, with wonderfully developed back stories. The romance was fantastically written as well. I love a good, gradual romance that feels real. It was a necessary break from the turmoil of WWI.
One thing I admire about historical fiction is the details and accuracy. This author did not hold back in her research, an I learned a great deal that I wasn’t aware of.
Beautifully written. I absolutely loved this one. Highly recommended.
*I received a free copy of this book from Rachel’s Random Resources in exchange for an honest review on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Writer of lush, historical happily-ever-after tales, Suzanne Tierney believes in true love. But she takes delicious pleasure in making her characters fight, flutter, and find their way to each other. Her books have won numerous awards and she has twice been a Golden Heart Finalist® with the Romance Writers of America.
Suzanne grew up in Oregon, adulted in the San Francisco Bay Area, and somehow ended up in Florida, where she is very much a cold-water fish learning to navigate humid, salty seas. She loves chatting with readers.
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Blooms of War Package – this is a mail package that would include:
a. Printout of the Blooms of War Newspaper
b. Handmade felt poppy
c. WWI Red Cross sticker
d. Blooms of War bookmark
This package is open to all countries. Open to entrants 18 and over. Winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter, and contacted via Rachel’s Random Resources. I am not responsible for dispatch or delivery of prize.
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