1917: with her father in the British secret service and her brother Alfie in the trenches, under-age Poppy Loveday volunteers against her parents’ wishes to drive ambulances in France. We follow her adventures, racing to save wounded men driven to the Casualty Clearing Station, and back to the Base Hospital.
“Jon Wilkins gets to the very heart of the mud and the blood of the battlefields and then with the same ease the gaiety of the ballroom in a thriller that will keep you entertained for hours.” Stuart Hill, author of The Icemark Trilogy.
During one battle she finds Élodie Proux, a French nurse, at a roadside clutching a dead soldier. Poppy rescues her. Élodie becomes her dearest girl as they fall in love.
Poppy and Élodie encounter frightening adversaries at the Western Front as well as away from it during the closing weeks of World War One.
Poppy Flowers at the Front by Jon Wilkins is a beautifully written war novel. The prose was my favorite part of this novel. It is so elegant while touching on two very different themes – falling in love and the horrors of war – while blending them together to create a captivating experience for the reader.
I love Poppy. She is such an intriguing character. Smart and feisty, with an admirable strength. I absolutely love the love story with Elodie. My heart was swooning for them.
The pacing was a bit slow. It took me a few chapters to really fall into this story the way I wanted to.
If you enjoy love stories and historical fiction, I’d recommend Poppy Flowers at the Front.
*I received a free copy of this book from Damppebbles Blog Tours to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
Jonathan loves to write. He is a retired teacher, lapsed Waterstones’ bookseller and former Basketball Coach. He taught PE and English for 20 years and coached women’s basketball for over 30 years.
He regularly teaches creative writing workshops in and around Leicester.
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