The Poppy Field

A gripping and emotional World War One historical romance

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Pub Date 12 Oct 2018 | Archive Date 21 Jul 2020
HarperCollins, One More Chapter


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. 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 woman 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.

This is a beautifully written epic historical novel that will take your breath away.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War.

Young nurse, Gemma, is struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. Needing to escape from it all...

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I loved this book! It kept me from all my chores simply because it was just so heartwarming and I was desperately trying to find out which direction Alice's and Gemma's lives would take them. Beautifully written. I love WW stories very much and have read many of them. This one didn't disappoint. Thanks to Netgalley, Deborah Carr and Harper Impulse for the opportunity to read and review this wonderful book.

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I really enjoyed this story about Gemma, a trauma unit nurse in modern times, who discovers letters written 100 years ago by a nurse who worked during WW1. Gemma needed a break from her difficult job when one of her patients turned out to be her lover, and while renovating an old French farm house, now owned by her father, these letters come to life for Gemma who is living a kind of parallel romance with a survivor of warfare in Afghanistan. I am pleased to recommend this tale. This is my personal opinion. I was allowed to read this book in exchange for a fair review, which I give happily. L Ross

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Working in the medical field has left nurse, Gemma, with a case of PTSD. She leaves her job to help tackle the renovation of a derelict farmhouse in France. It’s in the farmhouse that Gemma finds the letters that Alice, also a nurse, wrote during World War I. Crossing back and forth from past to present, Carr pens a beautiful, heartbreaking novel of war and loss and the resilience of the human spirit

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What a wonderfully written gem this is! The story alternates between modern day France and WWI France. Modern day Gemma and WWI Alice find that their lives are intertwined through letters that Alice wrote. This story is both heartbreaking and full of hope and happiness. Many thanks to netgalley and HarperCollins for this advanced readers copy.

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The Poppy Field by Deborah Carr is super split time Historical Fiction. The story centers around two nurses, Alice serves in 1916 as a volunteer nurse in World War I France and Gemma in 2018 England. Mysterious hidden letters and a brooch are found in a house being remodeled. Vivid descriptions of scenery, people, food, and the medical care in World War I. I loved the story of the reality’s of life in both love and tragedy. Excellent writing style and flow of the story. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more by Deborah Carr. I am also hoping to read more of Alice‘s story following World War I and more of Gemma’s story in the present. My thanks to the author, Harperimpulse and Netgalley for allowing me to read, review and enjoy this exceptional book.

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